As quick as Lenovo has been to hop on the Ultrabook bandwagon, it hasn't been so eager to launch big-screened models. Its new ThinkPad S531 explores that territory at last: the Windows 8 PC mates a slim profile with both a 15.6-inch, lay-flat LCD and a large keyboard. The experience will otherwise be familiar to those who've seen the S431, as it shares the same basic design language, the OneLink dock connector and a nine-hour battery. Unfortunately, the similarity also extends to the Ivy Bridge-era Intel processor -- there's no Haswell inside, at least for now. Still, the £575 ($900) UK price is within reach of many buyers, and there's a 1080p display option coming in July. Lenovo hasn't said if or when the S531 will reach the US, although we hope it gets a processor upgrade if and when it crosses the Atlantic.
Lenovo's first 15-inchThinkPad Ultrabook hits the catwalk
Featuring an elegant "floating" design, the ThinkPad S531 is being launched today at the Xander Zhou fashion show at London Fashion Week
London, United Kingdom - June 18, 2013: Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced its new ThinkPad S531, a premium laptop PC featuring an ultra-thin bezel and bevelled edges, giving the illusion that the PC is floating. Optimized for Windows 8, the ThinkPad S531 offers small businesses enhanced performance and 15 percent faster processor speed than previous generations. The ThinkPad S531 is being launched today at the Xander Zhou fashion show at London Fashion Week in conjunction with the designer's new men's' fashion collection.
Lenovo's first 15-inch ThinkPad Ultrabook delivers high style and performance to image-conscious small businesses and is ideal for professionals who want a combination of design and substance. It is also a fit for small businesses that need a laptop to do it all – great performance for work tasks and an excellent experience for personal computing
"The progressive design of our ThinkPad S531 will help small businesses impress their customers. We pack a punch behind that style, however, as we are committed to delivering genuine substance with improved performance, battery life and legendary ThinkPad reliability," said Vincent Fauquenot, VP Products and Channels, Lenovo EMEA. "The ThinkPad S531 offers an intuitive Windows 8 experience with the power needed to accelerate productivity."
The S531 is one of the first ThinkPads to feature Lenovo OneLink technology, which allows users to connect to the ThinkPad OneLink Dock with a single cable for dedicated video, additional USB 3.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet, all while powering the system.
Chic, stylish design
Featuring an ultra-thin bezel, the aesthetic exterior of the ThinkPad S531 includes bevelled edges on the front and side, giving the illusion that the laptop is suspended over the desk. The aluminium LCD cover, available in fashion-forward silver or graphite black, is sand blasted and anodized, making it smooth to the touch for a premium feel. The ThinkPad S531 also boasts a simplified interior with a five-button click pad with glass surface to eliminate clutter, adding to the overall clean look of the laptop.
Easy, interactive experience
The ThinkPad S531 come with a variety of high-resolution displays featuring 180-degree open angle that lets users interact with the laptop in a number of ways. It also has a six-row backlit keyboard that includes Windows 8 optimized shortcut keys. Additionally, the large, responsive touchpad supports Windows 8 gestures, providing users with a powerful and intuitive way to be more productive and interactive with their laptop.
Power for performance
The ThinkPad S531 is powered by Intel 3rd generation Core™ processors, making it 15 percent faster than its predecessor with up to nine hours of battery life. With up to 10 GB of memory* and 500 GB of storage, users don't have to sacrifice responsiveness for performance. The S531 can store up to 150,000 MP3s or 250 full-length feature films. Dolby Advanced Audio will bring sound to life and a 15.6inch Antiglare Full HD* display will make movies stand out. The laptop features two USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer.
Pricing and availability
The ThinkPad S531 is available now from business partners and on www.lenovo.com. Pricing for the ThinkPad S531 starts at £575 (exc VAT). Configuration available may vary depending on the country.
* 10GB model (2GB soldered + 8GB in slot) will be available with Full HD only in July.