Lenovo has released a new ultra-portable laptop, the X301, a successor to the company's hugely popular Thinkpad X300 laptop.

The new machine retains the 64 GB SSD drive but an optional 128GB SSD drive is available as well. At the heart of the new Thinkpad X301 lies a newer CPU – the ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 clocked at 1.2GHz or a slightly faster U9400 clocked at 1.4GHz.

The features list include a display port and later models will also have WiMax, according to the company. Its thin frame also includes a DVD burner. The laptop is planned for release on 26 August and pricing starts from USD 2,599(£1,360)

The Thinkpad X301 is claimed to be about 20 percent faster than the model it is replacing, the X300. With a 13.3-inch screen it is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops in its class.