After 18 months of planning, brainstorming, and development, Lenovo has finally unveiled its redesigned ThinkPad T431S ultrabook model which boasts of a design that is sexier, sleeker, and more understated. The China-based tech manufacturer has involved several dozens of departments all over the world to make the prototypes of the new ThinkPad available in the hands of those who come from every aspect of the society and even those who belong to various cultures. They observed and gathered feedback which they used as a guide in putting away and reinventing the final product. The months of research spent were not just meant to enhance a single machine but also to apply their findings all throughout the whole range. This means that future siblings and cousins of the device will bear similar distinctive marks.
The team behind the research explained that what they did is not the usual research where one would make a physical check on those essentials that are needed in a notebook. It was more like getting to know better their users and understanding their behavior. Through careful observation, the result would then show in the design process.
The new 14-inch Thinkpad T431S ultrabook features a matte display of 1600 x 900 with brightness measuring at 250 nits, Intel HD graphics which is fully integrated, front webcam of 720p, RAM of 4GB which can be upgraded by as much as 12GB, three-cell sealed battery of 47WHr, keyboard which has an optional backlit feature, Bluetooth 4.0, and connectivity of WiFI and WWAN. It measures at 13.03 x 8.89 x 0.8 inches and weighs at 3.6 pounds.
Around 100 people became involved in reinventing the ThinkPad iteration wherein they were ‘shadowed’ by the company to see their actual usage of the machine. The approach is totally different from just getting a few participants and paying them for filling out a form to know what their ideal laptop is. Only a small portion of the participants were original ThinkPad users while the rest were either new users of consumer technology or they were apathetic to the ThinkPad. After all, it has always been said that one’s strongest enemy gives the most authentic revelations.
Lenovo’s Thinkpad T431S ultrabook will be hitting the store shelves in April and will be priced at $ 949.
Lenovo recently tickled us with a preview of what’s in store for us (and obviously, for them) by posting the still secret ThinkPad T431S and X230S’s user manuals on their Chinese website. A user manual may be the last thing that most of us would expect Lenovo to post, but it can be a worthwhile note and a positive glimpse for the two unannounced ThinkPad variants.
The said user manuals also lack the devices’ hardware specifications as well as what they would look like in reality. Think of it as having a present sans wrapper but not knowing what is exactly on the inside. This might be somewhat troublesome but at least we now have to something to anticipate from Lenovo.
As far as we know, the T431S will be the slimmed down version of the now available T430S. The most evident modification the T431S brings is the fact that its dedicated mouse buttons are now integrated onto its touchpad, making it a bit bigger and looking more like the ThinkPad Helix.
Another is the Function buttons on the uppermost portion of the keyboard. It will now have a Macbook-esque feel since the primary functions will now be secondary. Confusing? It may be so, since our already established Windows shortcuts would now be accompanied by an Fn button. New hinges were also incorporated and would have the same pivot as that of the X1 Carbon.
With the same changes mentioned above, the X230S came in the shadow of the X1 Carbon’s design and will also have a 12.5-inch screen, just like its little brother, the X230 while the abovementioned T431S will come with a 14 inch, 1,600 x 900 display screen. On a side note ThinkPad’s “i” should bear a red dot ala Edge.
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Convertible laptops have been on the scene for a while now and there’s more of that stuff coming this year. One name that’s known in this sphere of devices is Lenovo, and they are set, yet again, to bring a new convertible on the table. So what does Lenovo have in their hands? They have their newest ultrabook convertible called Thinkpad Helix.
Being a convertible makes it able to work as a tablet or laptop. The keyboard of the Helix serves as a dock for the screen which can be used separately as a tablet. Users can unattach the screen and flip it to 180 degrees and snap it back to the dock so the screen faces out from the keyboard. The screen comes with IPS technology and you can also use it with a digitizer pen which also comes in the package.
Thinkpad Helix will run Windows 8 RT, Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The screen is sized up to 11.6 inches with 1080p resolution made from Gorilla Glass. It has two cameras: a 5mp shooter at the back and 2MP on the front. It is capable of NFC connection as well as LTE. The screen alone will weigh 1.8 pounds (3.7 pounds as a whole). Lenovo claims Helix’s battery can last up to ten hours on a single charge but we still need to verify that after some tests.
The Thinkpad Helix will be available some time in late February starting at $ 1,499.
During CES, companies are expected to give their all. That is what we expect from Lenovo when the company announced most of the products it will be unveiling during the event – but it’s not stopping there. The company has again teased us with its new ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 which is basically aimed for the small business market.
Some of their main features include optional touchscreens and their in-shell optical drives. Another great news about the new notebooks is that they will be featuring Lenovo’s designed trackpad which now has the secondary buttons into the touchpad. It will be the beginning of the new era for ThinkPads since the new trackpad will be used for future releases.
The Edge E431 and E531 also introduces a new charging standard dubbed as the OneLink dock. The dock is actually a single cable peripheral which can be used for charging, video transfer and data transfer. OneLink, which includes an Ethernet jack, four USB ports and an HDMI out, is said to also become part of the future ThinkPad accessories.
Looking over the Edge E431, it has a 14 inches 1,600 x 900 screen, 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage space. The Edge 531 has the same hardware with a slightly bigger screen at 15 inches. There is also a high-end option of eight hours of battery life and an i7 Inter Core chip.
Many have said that the notebooks are “reasonably priced” starting at $ 539 so we suggest you take a closer look. The notebooks will hit the shelves by May of this year.
Without any air or extravagance, Lenovo has unveiled their new ultrabook aimed at making a brighter future for the world. This is because the whole ultrabook has a carbon fiber shell. The new product is called the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch.
Of course, from an ultrabook, we expect the device to be very lightweight and it did not disappoint at only 3 pounds. It has a 14-inch screen with an HD+ display which other people are assuming to be a resolution of 1,600 x 900. The ultrabook has the usual Lenovo TouchPoint button as well as an integrated touchpad. The ThinkPad X1 also has better hardware in the form of a nifty touchscreen where users will be able to use the 10-finger input. As for the operating system, others say that the current press release show a Windows 7 but the company promises an update to Windows 8 as soon as the product hit stores. With the updated Windows 8, the integrated touchpad will also then recognize the much anticipated Windows 8 touchpad gestures.
As for the processors, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultra is said to pack the Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge chip partnered with a whopping 8GB of RAM. It also has an SSD which allows users to save date up to 256GB. For those of you who are interested on getting your hands on this product, then your wait will not be very long since the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch with the Windows 7 os is already in stores. If you get the BLACKFRIDAY coupon, then you can buy the ultrabook for only a decent $ 1124. There is no definite price yet for the Windows 8 version but others are speculating that it will be sold for about $ 1,499.
Unfortunately, other specifications have not been divulged by the company. There have been rumours, on the other hand, that the Carbon Touch will be more or less like its predecessor when it comes to hardware. For now, that is that only update that we were able to get. We post again as soon as we have more news so do not forget to check back often.