IBM’s first ThinkPad debuted 25 years ago next month, with a bright red TrackPoint pointing stick and a classic design that still exists in a modern form today. To mark a quarter of a century, Lenovo (the company that bought ThinkPad from IBM) is creating a special ThinkPad 25 laptop with all the classic design touches you’d find on retro ThinkPad laptop. German blog WinFuture has uncovered specifications for the new laptop, along with a series of leaked photos of the design.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad 25 appears to be based on the existing T470 model with a 14-inch (1920 x 1080) IPS display, and it features a TrackPoint, ThinkVantage blue enter button, and the colorful ThinkPad logo. Inside there’s reportedly an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage, an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics chip, and even LTE support. While this looks like an old ThinkPad, it has all of the modern ports you’d expect. There’s a USB-C port (Thunderbolt 3, three regular USB ports, an SD card reader, HDMI port, and Ethernet connectivity.
Lenovo is even reportedly including a fingerprint reader and webcam that both support Windows Hello, allowing owners to log into Windows 10 with their face or fingerprint. The design looks very similar to the retro-classic ThinkPad that Lenovo’s design VP David Hill first hinted at more than two years ago. It was just a concept back then, but it looks like Lenovo is ready to make it a reality in time for 25 years of ThinkPad. It’s not clear when the ThinkPad 25 will launch, but considering October is the anniversary it’s reasonable to assume we’ll see this officially next month.