Lenovo’s ThinkPad line of laptops have always been big with the business class, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see the Chinese firm roll out new models at this year’s IFA event. Five new editions have been introduced for the Berlin expo, ranging from the entry-level ThinkPad S series to the premium ThinkPad T440s.
Lenovo’s touting larger trackpads, slimmer and lighter carbon fiber form factors, and substantially improved battery life for the new Windows 8 notebooks. Touchscreens won’t be included by default, though they’ll be available in pricier configurations. The company is packing business-friendly features like fingerprint readers, a variety of docking accessories, and shock, thermal and voltage sensors into the models as well.
But those battery life improvements are the biggest selling points here, and the ThinkPad T440 and its higher-end T440s sibling in particular are being rated at an impressive 17 hours of battery life. That’s thanks in part to Lenovo’s new “Power Bridge” tech, which is said to let you swap in an new external battery without turning off the computer–provided that it’s one Lenovo’s ThinkPad 68, 68+, or 48Wh batteries, at least.
Besides the battery life improvements, the ThinkPad T440 and ThinkPad T440s come with Intel’s latest Haswell processors, with the former going up to a Core i5 and the latter going up to a Core i7. Both have Intel’s latest integrated graphics too, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.
Both have similar shells and 14-inch displays, although configurations of the T440s max out at 1080p while those of the T440 top at 1600×900. As for dimensions, the T440 is 4 pounds heavy and 0.83 inches thin, and the T440s is 3.5 pounds and 0.81 inches thin. The pair will be available sometime later this month, with the T440 starting at $900 and the T440s doing the same for $1150.
The ThinkPad X240, meanwhile, comes with many of the same features as the T440 and T440s, including the same storage options, Core i7 processor option and Power Bridge battery. It’s impressively thinner and lighter, though, at 2.94 pounds and 0.79 inches thin. It has up to 8GB of RAM, and a 12.5-inch display that starts at 1366×768, but has configurations that go up to a 1080p touchscreen. Lenovo says the X240 will get up to 10 hours of battery life, and that it’ll start at $1100 this month.
On the lower-end of the spectrum are the new ThinkPad S440 and ThinkPad S540, which are being aimed at European and Asian markets. They’ll start at €649 and €699, respectively, and sport up to Core i7 processors. The S440 has up to 500GB of storage, up to 8GB of memory, up to 6 hours of battery life, and a 14-inch 1600×900 display.
The S540 doubles the maximum amount storage and memory, has up to 9 hours of battery life, and comes with a 15.6-inch 1080p display. On the battery side, these two notably sport Lenovo\’s \”Rapid Charge\” tech, which the company claims will bring their charge from zero to 85% power in 45 minutes.
The S440 and S540 both have thinner bezels and chamfered edges too, so they’ll look a bit different than the usual ThinkPad’s business style when the former arrives later this month and the latter lands in October.