Author: Bob Buskirk
Today Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook. This is the thinnest T series ever and has design elements which were inspired by the results of an extensive global research project. The ThinkPad T431s features an innovative trackpad, enhanced keyboard and refined aesthetics.
This 9 month research project was conducted in multiple countries with NexGen, non-ThinkPad and ThinkPad loyalists. Lenovo gathered valuable feedback over this time period and used it to refine the T Series. Improvements include:
- 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 will be powered by Intel 3rd generation Core processors, Intel HD Graphics, up to 12GB of memory and will have HDD as well as SSD options. You will have a 14-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) anti-glare screen and two USB 3.0 ports.
The ThinkPad T431s will be available in April starting at approximately $949.