Lenovo launches the S531 ultrabook in London
Lenovo have released a fair number of ultrabooks in the past months, but the S531 is the first Thinkpad ultrabook to have a 15.6-inch display. With Intel's updated and more stringent requirements to earn the ultrabook title, few manufacturers are venturing past the 14-inch mark.
The new business-class laptop has an anodized aluminium frame and a 180-degree open angle hinge which seems inspired by Lenovo's own Yoga convertible line. It's an interesting design choice but one of questionable utility on a device that is not touch enabled. The S531 also has up to 10 GB of RAM, up to 500 GB internal memory, Dolby Advanced Audio, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a variety of display options including a Full HD 15.6-inch anti-glare screen.
Additional features include a full sized, spill-resistant, backlit keyboard, a third generation Intel Core processor, a full sized trackpad (in addition to the Lenovo TrackPoint) and a very respectable 9-hour battery life. All of which just leads us to wonder how much better this product would be if it benefited from Intel's newer, more power efficient components.
The new ultrabooks are available in the UK now starting at 575 pounds (US$900), with the Full HD models to follow in July. Pricing and availability for other countries have not yet been announced.