ThinkPad goes Haswell
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Unlike some other manufacturers, Lenovo hasn't planned their whole product line around the release of Intel's new processors. The Chinese company has shown off several Ivy Bridge (previous generation Intel chips) powered products in the past month such as the S210, the S400, and the S531. But it looks like things are about to change.
The ThinkPad T440S ultrabook was recently added to Lenovo's website. The new notebook features a 14-inch (1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080) display with the option of a touchscreen, an unspecified Intel Haswell processor, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a VGA port, a Mini Display port, a 4-in-1 SD card slot, NFC, dual noise-cancelling microphones, and Dolby Home Theater v4 sound.
The case is a good example of Lenovo's rugged business line and is made of carbon fiber and magnesium. Unfortunately it isn't particularly impressive when it comes to weight or thickness: 3.5 pounds, and “less than 0.83 inches”. But it makes up for its shortcomings by offering exceptional battery life. The T440s has a two battery design with one 3-cell battery sealed in a second user changeable 3-cell. Lenovo claims the main battery can offer 6 hours of run time which presumably doubles to 12 hours with the removable battery. The system is also set up so the battery can be swapped out without powering down the device.
Prices and availability have not yet been announced beyond a listing of “coming soon” on Lenovo's website.