Lenovo has unveiled the newest entry in its popular ThinkPad series of laptops, the ThinkPad T431s. The Chinese computer maker has found great success over the years since it acquired the ThinkPad brand from IBM in 2005, but now it appears as if Lenovo is ready to shake things up a bit by redesigning the decades-old line of computers with this new Ultrabook.
TechnologyGuide will give more detailed impressions once it gets some quality hands-on time with the machine, but for now the ThinkPad T431s looks to keep its usual business-class durability and classic ThinkPad aesthetic while also presenting a slimmer, lighter form factor, tweaked (and optionally backlit) keyboard and a five-point touchpad that eschews the typical click buttons of models past.
More information can be found at TG sister site NotebookReview, but on the whole the ThinkPad T431s appears to borrow some of the more consumer-oriented details Lenovo took with laptops like the ThinkPad Carbon X1. That being said, Lenovo claims that the ThinkPad T431s still meets the military spec standards for ruggedness, meaning it should hold up for road warriors.
As far as specs go, the ThinkPad T431s measures 13.03 x 8.89 x 0.8 inches and weighs in at 3.6 pounds. That\’s a little bit hefty as far as Ultrabooks go, but this is still a thin and light machine, all things considered. It can run either Windows 7 or Windows 8, though its 14-inch, 1600 x 900 display doesn’t support touch input. The T431s’ base configuration is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM, though those can be upgraded to a Core i7 and 12 GB for the right price. Graphics are of the Intel HD 4000 variety.
A 320 GB hard drive comes with the base unit, and the expected Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, VGA and SD card slots are all included as well. The T431s will also come with a 720p webcam, and Lenovo claims that the laptop can get up to eight hours of battery life.
Anyone interested in the apparent future of the ThinkPad won’t have to wait long to get their hands on the ThinkPad T431s either, as it’ll arrive this April for $949.