Lenovo reveals new ThinkPad Windows 8/8.1 Ultrabooks

Lenovo is now the biggest single PC maker in the world and has even managed to grow its business while other companies have seen their share of the market drop. Part of the reason for Lenovo's success can be attributed to sales of its ThinkPad lineup of notebooks and today the company announced several new models will be released this fall.

The announcement, made ahead of this week's IFA trade show in Berlin, reveals the new ThinkPad S540 and S440 Ultrabooks (the S440 is shown above), both of which will be released in Europe in the September-October time frame (there's no word on a US release yet). In addition, the company will release the ThinkPad T440s and T440 models, which will launch in the US in the end of October, along with the ThinkPad X240 ultraportable. The fact that these PCs will be released at the end of October likely means they will come with Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update out of the box.

Lenovo states all of the models will have Intel's fourth generation Core (Haswell) processors inside:

The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures.

In addition, Lenovo says these new ThinkPads support its Power Bridge technology, which allows for these laptops to swap out external batteries without having to power down the notebooks.

The 12.5 inch Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is the smallest of the new models at three pounds and just 0.8 inches thick, while also offering up to 17 hours of battery life with a starting price of $1,099. The ThinkPad T440s and T440 models are mid-range notebooks, with the T440 starting at $899 and the T440s starting at $1,149. The ThinkPad S540 and S440 laptops have been designed to have a "floating PC" look to them. Again, they will be launched in Europe first with the starting price of 649 euros.

Source: Lenovo | Image via Lenovo

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My Thinkpad T410s is still kicking along just fine but I think I want a X240s now, don't need such a big system these days and just would love some decent battery life with Haswell. My T410s has 1st Gen Intel Core CPUs, i'd say it's about time for an upgrade!

For those who don't get what I mean: 1280x800 is yesterday's (or 2000's) technology. All devices built today should have equivalent to Retina. It's 2013. (Plus most portables have 1GB+ of graphics RAM.)

When switching between a Retina/high-res device to a "standard" resolution display you start to notice the individual pixels

Okay, Retina equivalent may be a but over the top. But still seeing 1280x800 on many 15" laptops today still annoys me. 1280x800 is a 12" display resolution, at most.

68k said,
When switching between a Retina/high-res device to a "standard" resolution display you start to notice the individual pixels

Okay, Retina equivalent may be a but over the top. But still seeing 1280x800 on many 15" laptops today still annoys me. 1280x800 is a 12" display resolution, at most.

The price difference makes others of us not really care about seeing a pixel. 1280x800 is perfectly fine for all of my needs.

Hello,

Sadly, it seems many of the refreshed models will be able to utilize less RAM than their predecessors. Models which had two SO-DIMM sockets now have either 4GB soldered on board and one socket, or just one socket. I do not consider going from 16GB to 12GB or 8GB an upgrade, technology-wise.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

zrlan7710 said,
Why are the prices so high? I could buy a Surface Pro instead.

Well, by calling them Ultrabooks they price them at $800+ automatically. We need more details on the specs but the ultraportable with 17hrs of battery life, and being a full x86 PC sounds very interesting, specially if you compare it to the Surface Pros 4-5hrs. Still, need more details on the specs, I mean is that running a Atom or an i3?

Because Thinkpad is premium brand. It's all about build quality, energonomics and convienent options. The real question isn't why they cost as much, but why so much worse Surface does.

I have my reserves about the 17 hour battery life. Lenovo had claimed 12 hours in T420s when it only gives 3.5 hours in real life.

C#Rocks said,
I have my reserves about the 17 hour battery life. Lenovo had claimed 12 hours in T420s when it only gives 3.5 hours in real life.

Now that's a big difference, you sure it wasn't a bad battery or something? I could understand if they said 12hrs and you get like, 9hrs but that's a huge swing from 12 down to 3.5hrs.

It depends on which size battery you have - there are generally at least 4, 6 and 8 cell options for Lenovo laptops.

GP007 said,

Well, by calling them Ultrabooks they price them at $800+ automatically. We need more details on the specs but the ultraportable with 17hrs of battery life, and being a full x86 PC sounds very interesting, specially if you compare it to the Surface Pros 4-5hrs.

Surface Pro's only problem was battery life, and in all likelihood the Surface Pro 2 has fixed that. You don't realize you're comparing last year's technology with the upcoming technology which I found to be careless. And don't say Surface Pro isn't a premium brand, because it is, the problem is that it's still fresh and new if you compare it to the Thinkpad brand which already has a long history.

And Surface Pro can be a great tablet and laptop. I could save money from buying an iPad mini or a Nexus 7.

Who doesn't want the best of both worlds?

Edited by zrlan7710, Sep 4 2013, 9:34am :

zrlan7710 said,

Surface Pro's only problem was battery life, and in all likelihood the Surface Pro 2 has fixed that. You don't realize you're comparing last year's technology with the upcoming technology which I found to be careless. And don't say Surface Pro isn't a premium brand, because it is, the problem is that it's still fresh and new if you compare it to the Thinkpad brand which already has a long history.

And Surface Pro can be a great tablet and laptop. I could save money from buying an iPad mini or a Nexus 7.

Who doesn't want the best of both worlds?

I know it's last years tech and that it's weak point is the poor battery life, I'm simply saying as a pure price comparison between the two. We don't have a Surface Pro 2 out yet so right now, do you buy a Surface Pro with 4-5hrs or spend the same money and get this new ultraportable that says it can do 17hrs?

It's a pure price comparison, I say we need more details and spec info but right now, just knowing what we know, this new Lenovo device looks like a good deal when you compare it to the Surface Pro exactly because of the battery life.

mine is a 6-cell battery. I don't think there are any options to buy 4, 6 or 8 cell battery. If you look for T420s battery on the net you only find 6-cell batteries from Lenovo that fit T420s.

Oh here's the article... http://www.slashgear.com/lenov...0hrs-battery-life-21134836/

it claimed 10 hours for T420s with the added slice. The article didn't mention that you had to buy the extra battery separately and that you had to remove the DVD drive to fit in the extra battery. I was only getting 3.5 hours without the slice and that went up to 5 hours with the slice.

That article pushed me to buy the T420s. 10 hours battery life was a big thing for 2011. What a disappointment. Worse than that the battery died after a year of use without any pre-warnings in degradation or anything. It just decided one fine day not to take any more charge. I replaced the battery with a new one. It costed me 170 Euro for a 6-cell battery. What a rip-off. It's still not giving me more than 3.5 hours.

C#Rocks said,
mine is a 6-cell battery. I don't think there are any options to buy 4, 6 or 8 cell battery. If you look for T420s battery on the net you only find 6-cell batteries from Lenovo that fit T420s.

Oh here's the article... http://www.slashgear.com/lenov...0hrs-battery-life-21134836/

it claimed 10 hours for T420s with the added slice. The article didn't mention that you had to buy the extra battery separately and that you had to remove the DVD drive to fit in the extra battery. I was only getting 3.5 hours without the slice and that went up to 5 hours with the slice.

That article pushed me to buy the T420s. 10 hours battery life was a big thing for 2011. What a disappointment. Worse than that the battery died after a year of use without any pre-warnings in degradation or anything. It just decided one fine day not to take any more charge. I replaced the battery with a new one. It costed me 170 Euro for a 6-cell battery. What a rip-off. It's still not giving me more than 3.5 hours.

Rubbish. The 9 cell battery in my T530 is directly compatible with your T420 and can be used without issue. I get 10 hours of actual use (bightness @ 5, WiFi, BT, etc) and up to 15 hours if I start turning stuff like WiFi off. And Lenovo didn't lie about their timings on it. I have used the laptop for 12 hours without a charge, including on a flight from Toronto to Montego Bay...

You seem to be upset with Lenovo that they advertised based on the 9 cell (even the article you linked to claims the best battery life from the 9 cell) and you purchased the 6 cell. If you don't like the battery life of the 6 cell... Well buy the 9 cell...

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILib...roupID=460&Code=0A36303

My T530 averages me 9 or 10 hours on a charge without batting an eye. I have a 9 cell.

GP007 said,

Well, by calling them Ultrabooks they price them at $800+ automatically. We need more details on the specs but the ultraportable with 17hrs of battery life, and being a full x86 PC sounds very interesting, specially if you compare it to the Surface Pros 4-5hrs. Still, need more details on the specs, I mean is that running a Atom or an i3?

I love the way apple announces hardware, they say hey: this is the device in details, this is what it can do, this is how much it cost, and here are the locations where you can go and buy it, period!

wait wait wait... before screaming rubbish.... I'm talking about T420s not T420. T420 is much bulkier than T420s.
T420s has NO OPTION for 9 cell battery. T420s is MORE EXPENSIVE THAN T420. T420s costed $1,399 when T420 costed $1,029.
T420s had all sorts of complaints especially the noisy fan which was not up to par.
T420 has nothing to do with T420s. Keep this in mind before jotting down further RUBBISH.

C#Rocks said,
wait wait wait... before screaming rubbish.... I'm talking about T420s not T420. T420 is much bulkier than T420s.
T420s has NO OPTION for 9 cell battery. T420s is MORE EXPENSIVE THAN T420. T420s costed $1,399 when T420 costed $1,029.
T420s had all sorts of complaints especially the noisy fan which was not up to par.
T420 has nothing to do with T420s. Keep this in mind before jotting down further RUBBISH.

Ah I misunderstood you as mentioning the T420, but that was my mistake. Yeah the T420S is rated at 10 hours with the slice. I would expect it to give you about 7-8 hours in normal use with the slice.

What are your settings like while running on it? The biggest factor is more than likely your power plan and display brightness.

GP007 said,

Well, by calling them Ultrabooks they price them at $800+ automatically. We need more details on the specs but the ultraportable with 17hrs of battery life, and being a full x86 PC sounds very interesting, specially if you compare it to the Surface Pros 4-5hrs. Still, need more details on the specs, I mean is that running a Atom or an i3?

Re-read the article, they are all hashwell, so no atom.

Surface might end up being great tablet, but it will never be a great laptop. It's way to small, the keyboard is crap and the kickstand is pretty damn bad then trying to use it on lap. It's even worse laptop than netbooks were.
Surface is a tablet that from time to time can akwardly perform functions similiar to laptop, but it will never be a great laptop.