It’s happened to you at some point. You’re busy, in the middle of doing something on a laptop. You aren’t able to get to a charger, but you’re trying to wrap up what you’re working on. Even if you have a spare battery charged and ready, you still probably want to safely power down your lappy rather than just yank the battery out. It sounds like a first world problem, but when you’re in the zone, it can be a pain.
Lenovo might have a solution for you weary laptop warrior. Utilizing their new “Power Bridge” technology newer Thinkpads will be able to swap a battery without having to shut the system off. This is a welcome improvement to power management. In combination with Intel’s new Haswell processors, newer Thinkpad laptops and Ultrabooks should be good for substantially longer run time. Lenovo is claiming to the tune of 17 hours in between charges.
More news regarding Lenovo’s updates to the T, X, and S Series notebooks after the jump.
Lenovo Extends Battery Life with Thinner ThinkPad T, X and S Series Ultrabooks
New Full HD displays and “hot swap” battery technology delivers up to 17 hours
New ThinkPad S Series offers performance and style for small business
BERLIN, GERMANY. – September 3rd, 2013:Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced new thinner and lighter additions to the ThinkPad portfolio. The ThinkPad T440s, T440 and X240 Ultrabook laptops demonstrate a deliberate and purposeful look and feel. The new modern design of the ThinkPad laptops delivers the performance users expect in business while eliciting the excitement and appeal of a consumer designed laptop. This includes 20 percent thinner form factors, a variety of panel options and up to 45 percent larger trackpads with improved click functionality supporting Windows 8 gestures. These new laptops deliver all day battery life with the ThinkPad brand’s innovative new Power Bridge technology and continue to deliver the quality and reliability that upholds its legendary status as the leading commercial laptop 1.
”Constant improvements and a strong ambition to always build a better laptop has resulted in thinner, lighter and longer lasting ThinkPad laptops with a simpler and cleaner design and up to an incredible 17 hours of battery life,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Marketing, Think Business Group, Lenovo. “After extensive research with hundreds of computer users around the world, Lenovo has reset the standard for business class Ultrabooks. The result of thousands of hours spent with consumers and business users have contributed to innovations and enhancements optimized for business and personal use. The new ThinkPad design meets the changing needs of IT managers and end-users.”
Making Technology Simple
Driving lower power usage and taking full advantage of the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors,the new ThinkPad Ultrabooks can achieve up to 17 hours battery life2. New Power Bridge technology allows users to swap external batteries without powering down their PC. This new “hot swap” feature, available with the ThinkPad 68(23.5Wh), 68+ (72Wh), and 48Wh batteries, provides flexibility and maximum battery life in nearly any situation and extends productivity beyond all day. These external ThinkPad batteries are common among the new ThinkPad Ultrabooks allowing for maximum return on investment.
Unrelenting commitment to ThinkPad quality and reliability, the new Ultrabooks include numerous sensors that monitor the system. G-sensor to detect shock, thermal sensors to detect and manage heat, voltage sensors to control current and critical voltage sensors to protect key components.
Protecting hardware and data have long been a key element in ThinkPad design. Hardware based biometric fingerprint security and tamper detection are linked to the Trusted Platform Module that keeps data protected. Lightweight carbon fiber materials increase physical protection and contribute to a lighter and thinner Ultrabook.
Along with common batteries, the ThinkPad line-up offers new common docking solutions. With simpler and sleeker designs, the new smaller and slimmer ThinkPad Basic Dock, Pro Dock and Ultra Dock offer a wide range of connections and enhancements.
ThinkPad T440s and T440: The Perfect Choice for the Business Professional
ThinkPad T Series is the mainstay of Lenovo’s business portfolio and continues the legacy as Lenovo’s most popular laptop with the new ThinkPad T440s and T440. Sharing many of the same features, the two models offer up to one terabyte of local storage or high speed solid state drives (SSD) and the latest generation WiFi and optional 4G WWAN technology. At just 21mm thin, both laptops are designed to provide maximum road warrior efficiency with exceptional battery life capability.
Full HD touch enabled display is available with the ThinkPad T440s while the T440 includes an HD+ 14 inch screen with optional touch for an improved Windows 8 experience. The ThinkPad T440 can also include an optional integrated smart card reader for enhanced security.
ThinkPad X240: The Road Warrior’s Dream
The ThinkPad X240 is the ideal business ready ultraportable. Designed for serious business and extreme mobility, the X240 weighs less than three pounds and is only 20.3mm thin. Featuring up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to one terabyte of storage, a 12.5 inch Full HD display option with touch, ThinkPad Precision backlit keyboard and the ability to go “dongle free” with a complete set of ports for full connectivity, the X240 is the definitive thin and light Ultrabook.
ThinkPad S Series: Designed for Small Business On the Go
Whether for business or pleasure, the new ThinkPad S440 and S540 offer a premium look and feel with bevelled edges to give the impression of a floating PC and an ultra-thin bezel to accommodate a larger screen in a smaller form factor. Featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors, up to Full HD anti-glare touch displays and discrete graphics, the S440 and S540 deliver the right match for business productivity and personal computing.
Lenovo’s unique OneLink connector allows for single cable connection to the OneLink Dock for superfast USB 3.0, native video, Gigabit Ethernet and powering the ThinkPad.
Enhance the experience with ThinkVision
For the first time, Lenovo introduces a 21:9 panoramic display in its new ThinkVision monitor. Featuring a 29 inch AH-IPS LED backlit panel offering 33 per cent more viewing area than a traditional 16:9 screen, the new ThinkVision LT2934z delivers a true cinematic experience.
Office applications show substantially more information and movies or games look extraordinary on the 2560×1080 display. Even better, the LT2934z includes a Full HD webcam, dual array microphone and speakers for exceptional video calls and Picture-in-Picture capability enables a continuous multi-tasking workflow.
Lenovo Services offers Integrated Solutions
Lenovo’s comprehensive portfolio of Services provides relevant and integral value to businesses. With a committed focus on customer, quality and responsiveness, Lenovo Services offers innovative and integrated solutions to ensure maximum productivity. Warranty Extensions, Upgrades, Accidental Damage Protection, Keep Your Drive, Priority Technical Support and a complete set of factory and automated deployment services help organizations effectively bridge the gap between consumer and business.
Pricing and Availability3
ThinkPad T440s available starting end of October priced from $1149.
ThinkPad T440 available starting end of October priced from $899.
ThinkPad X240 available starting end of October priced from $1099.
The following products will be available initially in selected markets:
ThinkPad S440 available in September priced from €699.
ThinkPad S540 available starting October priced from €649.
ThinkVision LT2934z available starting October priced from $799.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.
1 According to IDC WW Quarterly PC Tracker Q2 2013
2 Battery life using internal 3 cell battery and external ThinkPad 68+ 6 cell battery
3Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Products may only be available in selected markets. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.