Lenovo announced its new portfolio of small-to-medium business laptops

The high-end ThinkPad Edge S430 will ship equipped with Thunderbolt technology, six other models are also coming soon

With the CES 2012 ruthlessly approaching, plenty of companies are announcing new products. In addition to introducing the T430u ultrabook, Lenovo also issued a press release proclaiming its new portfolio of business notebooks.

Starting at the lower end of the price scale, the entry-level Lenovo B Series offers four new models. The B480 and B580 will reportedly be powered by Intel CPUs, whereas the B485 and B585 will pack AMD Fusion APUs. Other features include integrated or discrete graphics, up to 1TB of storage, USB 3.0 connectivity, an HDMI interface and 4-in-1 multi-card reader slot.

Moving up the price scale, the latest Lenovo ThinkPad Edge business notebooks will presumably ship with screens ranging from 11.6 to 15.6 inches in diagonal. Furthermore, customers will be able to choose among units sporting second (Sandy Bridge) or third (code-named Ivy Bridge) generation Intel Core central processing units (on the 11-in E130, 13-in E330, 14-in E430 and 15-in E530) or among those (E135, E335, E435 and E535) built around chips from Advanced Micro Devices. Lenovo’s new Edge models will have up to 1TB HDD, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, fast boot up times and high resolution web cameras. According to the maker, the notebooks with Intel Core processors also include Lenovo’s Solution Center for SMBs.

Luis Hernandez, who is VP of ThinkPad Edge Business Unit at Lenovo is quoted as saying: "Small businesses are demanding a laptop that can do it all – they want great performance for work tasks and an excellent experience for their own personal computing," … "The new ThinkPad Edge laptops exceed these expectations with extras like a new progressive design, speedy boot up and easy management features."

The most expensive member of the manufacturer’s new portfolio is the ThinkPad S430. This ultraportable laptop will reportedly be available in Mocha Black and with a third generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core CPU. In addition, the device is equipped with a 14-in widescreen display and is “less than one inch thin”. Users can supposedly take advantage of two HDDs with a combined storage capacity of up to 1TB, a DVD Burner (if there is only one HDD installed) and an NVIDIA Optimus capable graphics solution. Further features include Dolby Home Theatre v4, USB 3.0 ports and Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology.

Lenovo has also disclosed pricing and availability details. The Edge E130/E135, E330/E335 and B Series notebooks will reportedly be available “only in select markets”, whereas the E430/E435, E530/E535 will be available worldwide in April of this year. The ThinkPad S430 will hit the shelves starting in June 2012. According to the manufacturer, the new models will have a starting price of $349 (B Series), $399 (Edge) and $749 (S430).


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)