On January at the 2012 CES, The ThinkPad Edge S430 caused a commotion when it was first introduced to the audience, but there has been no noise about the product since then. Still, it seems like the ThinkPad S430 is about to make its first appearance in Europe. Some of the German retailers have just started to list the price (around 809€ or $1,000) and the specs of the S430.
Here are the details of what that you’ll get with your hard-earned money:
Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M 2.50GHz (dual-core, Ivy Bridge)
Screen: 14″ 1600 x 900 glossy screen
Graphics: Nvidia GT 630M with
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Storage: 500GB HD
Optical Drive: DVD Burner
Ports: 2 USB 3.0, Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi, HDMI, media card reader, Thunderbolt
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi
The S430 is a slim laptop at 0.87″, even though it is not an Ultrabook. What you do not find in Ultrabooks is also an optical drive such as a DVD burner, wherein this case it is a feature. So if you are looking for an option to use disc-based media, the S430 might be your better choice. Another notable factor is that the computer case will be made out of aluminum to make the laptop much more durable. Some people assume the Edge laptops are not that well-built and sec·ond-rate, but in this case, it is undoubtedly an exception.
The ThinkPad Edge S430 will also feature a ThunderBolt I/O port, which makes it one of the first PC-based laptops in the market with this port. The ThunderBolt port will allow its users a fast data transfer that also supports external graphics cards.
Maybe the S430 will start selling on June 3rd since that’s the date when Intel is set to announce their Core i5 and Core i3 lineup of Ivy Bridge processors. The German retailers indicate that there will be pre-orders available, meaning that there won’t be a long time before the release.