Lenovo's ThinkPad business line of mobile personal computers has been growing steadily, but some of its officially introduced members haven't yet made it to the market.
The laptop we can finally report as having been listed online is the ThinkPad Edge S430, originally revealed during this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012). Two German retailers have posted it, as shown on this website
The price is of 809 Euro, which is roughly equivalent to $1,000 USD.
That's quite a bit of cash, but the specs justify the sum, even though the screen could have gone a step higher.
What we mean by that is that the native resolution of the 14-inch panel is 1,600 x 900 instead of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
Then again, this is a business model, so Full HD playback wasn't really a concern, especially when the screen size isn't even large enough for the HD / Full HD difference to be perceptible.
At any rate, the heart of the machine is an Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core Ivy Bridge CPU, with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz.
4 GB of RAM (random access memory) back up said processor, while an NVIDIA GT 630M discrete graphics adapter handles the more strenuous video tasks.
The hardware list goes on with a 500 GB hard drive, a DVD writer, a webcam, HDMI out, a media card reader, Ethernet, USB
3.0, Wi-Fi and even Thunderbolt.
Finally, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S340 is loaded with Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. An odd choice of an OS really, since Windows 7 Professional would have been a better fit for a business device.
Nevertheless, the S430 is quite thin (0.87 inches / 22 millimeters), making it appealing to all sorts of buyers, not just professionals. Lenovo should go on record with the official prices and potential hardware customizations soon.