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Lenovo refreshes ThinkPad lineup at IFA with ultra-thin Haswell beasts

The ThinkPad just got a makeover. Lenovo has unveiled the latest iteration of its ThinkPad T, X, and S Series of ultrabook laptops. The newest models sport a thinner form factor and add a "hot swap" feature for its batteries.

All three lines offer up to a 20 per cent thinner form factor and up to a 20 per cent smaller bezel. Where it went bigger is in the trackpad, which is up to 45 per cent larger than in previous models. The new ThinkPads also add Lenovo's new ThinkPad Power Bridge technology. This allows users to swap batteries without turning off their system. According to Lenovo, the combination of Power Bridge, and ThinkPad 68 and 68+ external batteries mean "productivity beyond 10 hours."

The ThinkPad T440s ultrabook is meant to replace the T430 and T431 models. The ultrabook measures 22mm thick and weighs about 1.58kg. It offers new Full HD touch-enabled screens, solid-state drives (SSDs), and Intel vPro support.

It also features up to 1TB of hard drive storage and the latest-generation Wi-Fi. Lenovo claims a battery life of up to 17 hours (with an optional extended battery).

The ThinkPad T440 is Lenovo's mainstream ultrabook offering. This 14in ultrabook offers many of the same features as the T440s, though touch functionality is optional. There is also an option for an integrated smart card reader.

The ThinkPad S Series is more SMB focused, and will be available in two sizes: the S440 (14in) and S540 (15in). It comes with Intel's fourth-generation Core processors (Haswell), and can be configured with a discrete GPU. Both the S440 and S540 feature a backlit keyboard, but the S540 also has JBL speakers and numeric keypad.

Last but not least is the ThinkPad X240, the newest model in the ThinkPad X Series of ultraportable PCs. The X240 measures 20mm thick and weighs less than 1.4kg. It can be configured with up to a fourth-generation Intel Core CPU and up to 1TB of storage. It sports a ThinkPad Precision backlit keyboard and, according to Lenovo, a complete set of ports for "full connectivity. Touch functionality on the 12in Full HD screen is optional.

Availability for all products is thought to start in October. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed and the devices are listed as "coming soon" on the Lenovo website - hopefully, we'll be able to get some further insight out of Lenovo at IFA.

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