Lenovo's Thin and Light ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook Means Business
The ThinkPad T431s sports a carbon fiber top cover and magnesium exterior. It weighs a mere 3.6 pounds and measures a scant 0.82 inches thick (20.6mm), which means it's not going to slow you down during your travels. On the inside, it has a new, larger multi-touch glass surface trackpad with 5-button click functionality and an "incredibly thin" bezel surrounding the 14-inch HD+ display (1600x900 resolution). Lenovo further updated the ThinkPad precision keyboard by improving key placement while maintaining shortcuts, the company says.
Sleek and sexy, Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s is also a performer, at least on paper. It features 3rd Generation Intel Core i5/i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor options, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, storage options up to a 1TB hard drive or 256GB solid state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p webcam with face-tracking technology, 4-in-1 memory card reader, mini DisplayPort with audio, VGA port, 3.5mm combo jack (headphone/mic), USB 3.0 support, and a 3-cell battery good for up to 9 hours of run time. Business users can choose between various flavors of Windows 7 or 8.
"We obsess over the pursuit of perfection -- as evidenced by more than 20 years of Lenovo ThinkPad design and engineering accolades. However, perfection cannot be achieved without a key ingredient: customer insight," said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager, ThinkPad Business Unit. "The ThinkPad T431s is the first device featuring Lenovo's new design, which represents a comprehensive examination of user experience and input."
The ThinkPad T431s will be available in April starting at around $949.