IFA Berlin is just getting started with major consumer electronics companies having their keynote addresses starting today. Lenovo has set the ball rolling with its announcement of the newer ThinkPad portfolio which will sport Intel's 4th generation Haswell processors. The new Thinkpad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabooks will have a 20 per cent thinner form factor and upto 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new Ultrabooks also claim to have upto 17 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The Ultrabooks feature Power Bridge technology which allows users to swap external batteries without powering down their PC. This new “hot swap” feature is available with the ThinkPad 68(23.5Wh), 68+ (72Wh), and 48Wh batteries. They will also have a variety of sensors onboard such as the G-sensor to detect shock, thermal sensors to detect and manage heat, voltage sensors to control current and critical voltage sensors to protect key components, hardware-based biometric fingerprint security and so on.
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is the higher end ThinkPad claiming to have a 17-hour battery life
ThinkPad T440s and T440 are at the top end featuring 14-inch screens (with an option for touchscreens), Haswell Core i7 processors, support for upto 12GB DDR3L, either SSDs (512GB) or HDDs (1TB) and upto 17 hours of battery life. The difference between the two is that the T440s will sport a 1080p screen whereas the T440 will max out at a resolution of 1600x900. Also the latter will be more expensive than the former.
The ThinkPad X240 offers a smaller 12.5-inch screen with a 1366x768 resolution display (with an option of 1080p resolution as well), having options upto Core i7 Haswell paired with Intel HD 4400 integrated GPU, upto 8GB of RAM and coming in both the HDD as well as the SSD variants. Battery life of the X series Ultrabooks is expected to touch 10 hours.
Lenovo ThinkPad S440 sports a 14-inch screen
The S series will cater to the small business users who want a ThinkPad experience. The 14-inch ThinkPad S440 and 15-inch S540 will have upto Core i7 Haswell processors with Intel HD 4400 GPU and the GPU is upgradeable to AMD HD 8670M. The S540 will have two RAM slots supporting upto 16GB of DDR3 RAM as opposed to a single slot supporting upto 8GB for the S440; S540 will come in SSD (512GB) and HDD (1TB) variant whereas the capacities will be SSD (256GB) and HDD (500GB) for the S440. Finally, in terms of resolution, the S540 will sport a 1920x1080 screen whereas the S440 will have a 1600x900 screen.
The Lenovo LT2943z sports a 21:9 aspect ratio with a 2560x1080 pixel resolution
Lenovo also announced a 21:9 panoramic display with the ThinkVision LT2934z monitor which sports a 29-inch AH-IPS LED backlit panel with a 2560x1080 pixel resolution. The display is expected to have one VGA port, one HDMI port, one DVI-D port, one DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. It is expected to be priced at USD 799 (approx: Rs. 54,332*) at launch in October.
The availablilty and official pricing for the ThinkPad Ultrabooks is as follows:
ThinkPad T440s available starting end of October priced from $1149 (approx: Rs. 78,132*)
ThinkPad T440 available starting end of October priced from $899. (approx: Rs. 61,132*)
ThinkPad X240 available starting end of October priced from $1099. (approx: Rs. 74732*)
The following products will be available initially in select markets:
ThinkPad S440 available in September priced from €699. (approx: Rs.61,512**)
ThinkPad S540 available starting October priced from €649. (approx: Rs. 57,112**)
ThinkVision LT2934z available starting October priced from $799. (approx: Rs. 70,312**)
(* 1 USD = Rs. 68 according to the rates today)
(** 1 EUR = Rs. 88 according to rates today)