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Decoding the Machine Type and Model ( MTM )number of Thinkpad Laptops

2016-06-17, 15:05 PM

Hi All,


Can someone please explain the various codes/sequences used in MTM information of Thinkapd Laptops ?


As an example, for if MTM is 20FMA02QIG, 

then Machine Type is 20FM


And what does the remaining part 'A02QIG' conveys ?

What all useful information can we have ? Does it includes Country Code/Month of Manufacture etc...


Basically, while searching for Compatible Parts for my T460 here: http://support.lenovo.com/in/en/partslookup , The 'Compatibility' section only list the FIRST Four letters of a particular system. Example below: 



 It seems  ALL models which start with 20FM and 20FN are compatible with this particular battery: 45N1773. Is this correct ?


Does the remaining part ( here 'A02QIG'  ) of full Model number ( 20FMA02QIG ) got NOTHING to do with the Compatibility here ?


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Re: Decoding the Machine Type and Model ( MTM )number of Thinkpad Laptops

2017-10-11, 23:45 PM

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Re: Decoding the Machine Type and Model ( MTM )number of Thinkpad Laptops

2019-09-23, 12:16 PM

I know this is an old thread, but it still pops up in google.

The rest of the Model-# refers to Specs.

With A02QIG, IG refers to the country or language (for Germany, it would be A02QDE, or it could be A02QUK for the UK).

The Q usually refers to the type of operating system.
The 20BN002RGE Tablet comes with Win 8.1.
The 20BN002QGE Tablet comes with Win 8.1 Pro

The rest (A02 or N002, etc) must refer to other specs, such as the flash size or whether it has bluetooth or LTE, etc, but I haven't decoded specifics so far.

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