IFA 2013: Lenovo Ups Battery Life Ante with New ThinkPads

Pulkit Chandna

Power Bridge “hot swap” battery technology promises up to 17 hours of battery life

The world’s leading PC vendor today announced a quintet of new products under its ThinkPad brand at the ongoing IFA 2013 trade event in Berlin. These new X,T and S series products are all built around the latest-gen Intel Core processors, but that is not what makes them worthy of your attention.

Three of the five ultrabooks announced today rely on Lenovo’s Power Bridge “hot swap” battery technology to deliver up to 17 hours of battery life. The way this works is pretty simple. The ThinkPad X240, T440, and T440s each have an internal, non-removable 3-cell (23.5Wh) battery that can be supplemented with an external battery, and the best part of this whole approach is that when the external battery runs out of juice it is possible to swap it with another external battery without powering down the machine. Each of the three ultrabook ships with an external 3-cell battery, with 4-cell and 6-cell variants available separately.

The T440 and T440s (pictured above) are both 14-inch ultrabooks that have a lot in common (as should be apparent from their names). According to the official press release, the two have 4th generation Intel Core processors, up to 1TB of storage, Wi-Fi and 4G WWAN. While the T440 will start at $899 and come with an HD+ display with optional touch, the T440s variant will be slightly more dearer with its $1149 starting price and offer users the option of a full HD touch-enabled display.

With its 12.5-inch screen size and 20.3mm thick body, the X240 is the smallest of the lot. It will start at $1099 and feature up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 1TB of storage, up to 8GB of RAM, up to full HD display (touch optional), backlit keyboard and “the ability to go ‘dongle free’ with a complete set of ports for full connectivity.”

Last but not the least, the Chinese PC vendor has also announced a couple of S Series ultrabooks in the form of the 14-inch S440 and the 15-inch S540, which will start from €699 ($920) and €649 ($850), respectively. The two devices will  offer up to full HD anti-glare touch displays, discrete graphics, support for Lenovo’s OneLink Dock, superfast USB 3.0, native video and Gigabit Ethernet.

According to the company, the S440 will be available this month, with the rest of the lineup hitting the market in October.

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