Monday, March 18th 2013

Lenovo Announces ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook

Lenovo today announced its new ThinkPad, with design enhancements inspired by the results of an extensive global research project. The ThinkPad T431s is the thinnest T series ever featuring a sleek, innovative trackpad, enhanced keyboard and refined aesthetics.

"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."
From research to design
Extending beyond traditional customer interaction, Lenovo conducted extensive research with NetGen, non-ThinkPad users and ThinkPad loyalists around the world, to gather detailed feedback on ThinkPad design. Over nine months and in multiple countries, researchers spent thousands of hours shadowing users in their homes, workplaces and remote locations, observing user behavior and asking questions. The results of this extensive research have directly contributed to the new refined design, which include technological enhancements and innovative upgrades including a new trackpad with click functionality and an incredibly thin display bezel.

ThinkPad gets new look
The results of Lenovo's research found that respondents prioritize simplicity and modern elements when it comes to their technology. Lenovo designed the new T431s with these priorities in mind to directly enrich the user experience:
  • Streamlined Interior: Lenovo updated the award-winning ThinkPad precision keyboard by improving key placement while maintaining shortcuts for a sleeker-looking keyboard, designing the display with a super thin bezel, and debuting a new Graphite Black color.
  • Enhanced trackpad experience: The new ThinkPad trackpad is an evolution of the TrackPoint and TouchPad featuring a new larger, smooth, responsive, multi-touch glass surface that optimizes Windows 8 gestures, click functionality, and integrates TrackPoint behavior to deliver a customized, improved experience for all users.
  • Thinness, Durability, Reliability: The ThinkPad T431s, the thinnest and lightest T series ever made and the first device incorporating the new design elements, weighs just 3.6 pounds (1.63kg) and measures only 0.82 inches (20.6mm) thin. The carbon fiber top cover and magnesium exterior continue ThinkPad's heritage of business-class rugged design and durability.
The T431s is powered by Intel 3rd generation Core processors with Turbo Boost, features improved Intel HD Graphics, up to 12 GB of memory and additional HDD and SSD storage options. The T431s has a 14-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) anti-glare display, two USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer. The T431s is also available with Intel vPro for easy device management, supports ThinkPad docking, and provides enhanced security that commercial customers require.

Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad T431s will be available in April starting at approximately $949.
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6 Comments on Lenovo Announces ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook

Perhaps there is a legitimate reason why they are called "StinkPads"?
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I can't help but wonder who exactly they used for research. NBR forums has a 30 page thread on this very notebook and it's basically complaints about ruining the Thinkpad lineup and all the bad decisions gone into this notebook.
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I like ThinkPads and right away I can see that large trackpad and keyboard is going to upset many ThinkPad users.
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Jorge said:
Perhaps there is a legitimate reason why they are called "StinkPads"?
I have literally never heard them called that before and I question the intelligence of anyone who does.
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Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Thinkpads are great business style laptops. I have owned about 6 ranging from pentium 4 to AMD Athlon II to Intel I3 and they do what they are designed to do.
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Solidstate89 said:
I have literally never heard them called that before and I question the intelligence of anyone who does.
I concur. It is pretty obvious that the poster in question has not owned a few of these excellent machines, or even used them in actual, serious corporate environments...where hundreds of machines have performed flawlessly for years! :shadedshu
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