Lenovo ThinkPad Mini 11 and 10 – new netbooks or just WiFi cards?
A filing by Realtek Semiconductor today mentioned three Lenovo products, the ThinkPad Mini 11, ThinkPad Mini10, and ThinkPad X100e. We’ve already heard about the ThinkPad X100e – the device made an appearance last month on netbooknews.de – however this seems to be the first time the ThinkPad Mini 11 and ThinkPad Mini10 have been mentioned publically.
At first glance it appears that the ThinkPad Mini10 and Mini 11 are new netbooks from Lenovo with 10 and 11 inch screens, respectively. The FCC filing does refer to these devices as ‘ThinkPads,’ which suggests these are actual products, not just parts.
However, Lenovo does use the “Mini 10” terminology for some of its wireless adapters, and the FCC filing does suggest that the Mini10 will be installed in X100e and Mini 11 hosts. Still, even if the Mini10 is only a WiFi adapter, the FCC filing does mention that the ThinkPad Mini 11 is actually a ‘host.’
The branding of the Mini 11 and Mini10 is also interesting, since Dell already offers ‘Mini’ branded netbooks. It seems unlikely that Lenovo would release a netbook with a model name that’s so similar to Dell’s product line.
You’ll also note that this filing has a space between Mini and 11, but not Mini and 10. I’m not sure if that’s significant or just a typo, but this naming convention is consistent throughout the FCC filing.
I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait and see with this one – no additional information is available on ReakTek’s filing. It would be nice to see a new line of ThinkPad Mini netbooks from Lenovo, however.