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Lenovo overhauls ThinkPad series with the new T431s

Updated ThinkPad T431s features a wider trackpad and a thinner design while retaining the overall Lenovo feel.

Lenovo has always been known for their iconic notebook design, from the spacebar-centered trackpad, to the red TrackPoint that's graced so many notebooks. Thankfully, the new T431s Ultrabook holds onto many of those attributes, but still manages to overhaul the design in the process. 

First and foremost, the T431s features a much larger trackpad, which foregoes any physical buttons and uses an alternative developed by Lenovo and Synpatics. In addition, the device is just .8 inches thick, weighs 3.6 pounds and still manages to meet Mil-SPEC 8 standards for durability. 

As for the actual hardware, Lenovo has outfitted the T431s with a 1600x900 pixel display, a 2.7GHz Core i5-3337U CPU, integrated Intel HD graphics and 4GB of RAM. Expansion options are also available, including up to a Core i7 CPU and increased RAM and storage. 

The device should be available in the US as of next month, and will retail at a starting price tag of $949.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Omar Al-Qudsi, 2013-03-18 (Update: 2019-04-30)