Lenovo reveals Windows 8 ThinkPad S431 touchscreen laptop

Lenovo keeps coming out with new Windows 8 touchscreen PCs. A few weeks ago, it started taking pre-orders for its massive 27 inch IdeaCentre Horizon all-in-one PC, with the first shipments due out in early May. Today, the company revealed a new entry in its ThinkPad notebook lineup, made primarily for small business owners, that also has a touchscreen.

Lenovo's ThinkPad S431 comes with a 14 inch touchscreen that fits inside a bezel normally designed for a 13-inch screen. The display can be moved to a 180 degree angle which should allow the screen to lay flat on a surface for better access to the Windows 8 Modern UI. The keyboard also has six Windows 8 optimized shortcut keys.

The notebook uses Intel Core i7 processors, has support for up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 500 GB of hard drive storage. Lenovo claims that the laptop will have a battery life of up to nine hours, which if true is pretty impressive. It also supports the upcoming ThinkPad OneLink Dock, which adds more USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port and dedicated video support. The dock will go on sale on May 21st but pricing was not revealed.

As far as the Lenovo ThinkPad S431 notebook, it will go on sale in June with a starting price of $699, which is far cheaper than most laptops that bear the ThinkPad brand. A post on the official Lenovo Twitter account claims that it will have a starting price of $509, but that might be for a version without a touchscreen.

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