The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 will replace the Lenovo E520 in April 2012. The ThinkPad E530 will carry the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor family and the ThinkPad E535 will have the AMD Fusion processor and graphics chipset. The specs for the ThinkPad E530 will be as follows:
- Screen: 15-inches 1366 x 768 resolution
- Processor: Intel Ivy Bridge mobile processor Core i3 and Core i5
- OS: Windows 7
- Memory: 8GB RAM max
- Storage: HD, up to 1TB
- Weight: 5.4 lbs
- Dimensions: 14.84” x 9.65” x 1.13” (W x D x H)
- Ports: USB 2.0 (1), USB 3.0 (3), Ethernet, Monitor out, HDMI, Microphone
- Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Price: Starting at $549
Until Intel formally announces the Ivy Bridge class of processors there is no way of telling or even guessing the exact processor options, but suffice to say it will include the budget Core i3 and mid-range Core i5 as the E520 does now.
In terms of styling, the ThinkPad E530 looks a lot like the current E520 as well, with a curved edge design but still all black finish typical of a ThinkPad. There will be an option for a red color lid if black just isn’t your style.
The E530 will be focused on small business buyers while the ThinkPad T530 will be aimed more at enterprise buyers. Since the pricing of around $500 is so good and you get a high quality ThinkPad build and keyboard at that price a lot of people will be interested in the E530 for personal purchase. At least, that’s what we saw with the E520. See our existing review of the ThinkPad E520 to see how the build quality and design is for that laptop.
Check back with us in April for a review of the E530!