It’s been a while since Intel announced their Haswell 4th generation processor lineup back in the Spring, but Lenovo has finally seen fit to crank out a refresh of its flagship lineup of T and X series ThinkPads. The X240 will replace the current X230 and the T430/T431s will be replaced by the T440/T440s respectively. There aren’t any huge surprises here, the new ThinkPads will all use the buttonless clickpad design that’s been seen in already released models such as the T431s and ThinkPad Helix. This will be a disappointment to many die hard ThinkPad owners as the newly integrated mouse click button design simply isn’t getting a warm reception from those who have long used ThinkPads. While Lenovo continues to simplify and minimalize their keyboard and mouse layout, the red pointing stick of course remains across all models (phew!).
As far as the positive changes, the new battery design is pretty cool. The X240 and T440 will both have internal batteries that the machine uses as the “default” battery, and then there’s also a removable battery that is compatible across models. The X240 has a claimed battery life of 10 hours and the T440s a whopping 17 hours.
Another great move is the fact the X240 will be offered with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen, something that X series owners have been hoping to see for some time. There will also be a touch screen option for the X240. The T440 max resolution will be 1600 x 900 while the T440s, weighing a 0.5lb lighter than the T440, will offer the Full HD 1920 x 1080 panel.
Availability for the new X and T series lineup starts in October. The X240 will price in at $1,049, the T440 $899 and T440S $1,149. You can read the full press release from Lenovo here.