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It will be released in the UK first

Lenovo presented its 15-inch ThinkPad S531 Ultrabook today at the Xander Zhou fashion show at London Fashion Week.

While Lenovo's ultrabooks typically have 14-inch screens, the new ThinkPad S531 steps into the realm of larger displays at 15 inches. The LCD screen can also move 180 degrees to lay flat.

The latest member to the Lenovo ultrabook family also sports Intel 3rd generation Core processors, meaning no Haswell for this model. It has up to 10GB of memory and 500GB of storage, and is optimized for Windows 8. 


Lenovo hasn't released many details about the S531 quite yet, but we do know it has an ultra-thin bezel (which has beveled edges on the front and side for a "floating" illusion), two USB 3.0 ports, a six-row backlit keyboard with Windows 8 optimized shortcut keys, a touchpad supports Windows 8 gestures, a nine-hour battery life and Lenovo OneLink technology (which customers can use to connect to the ThinkPad OneLink Dock with a single cable for additional USB 3.0 ports, dedicated video and gigabit Ethernet. 

"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, vice president of Products and Channels, Lenovo EMEA. "The ThinkPad S531 offers an intuitive Windows 8 experience with the power needed to accelerate productivity."

The S531 will launch in the UK first for £575 ($900 USD), with a 10GB model with a full HD display available in July. But there's no launch date for the U.S. yet. 

Source: Lenovo





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FFS, ditch the numpad already
By WasabiVengeance on 6/18/2013 4:01:45 PM , Rating: 3
What does it take to get a 15" non-apple laptop without a numpad these days? Most of us don't need/want it, and it forces your hands to sit left of center, farther away from the mouse, etc. Any argument about gaming is beyond ridiculous on this: it's a lenovo ultrabook. No one is gaming on them. Typing comfort should be #1.




RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By AMDftw on 6/18/2013 4:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
I use the S out of my numpad. I deal with numbers all of coarse...


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By WasabiVengeance on 6/18/2013 4:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
Good for you. I didn't say that no one used the numpad, I said most do not. I stand by that.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By aurareturn on 6/18/2013 4:34:17 PM , Rating: 4
They obviously did market research into this and found out that most people who buy this model wants a number pad.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By Mitch101 on 6/18/2013 7:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
Lenovo is making some really great stuff lately whatever changed in the last year with them has made them rock solid. Nobody in my group has had any hardware issues in a long time.

I even recommend their outlet laptops they come with 1yr warranty.
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By retrospooty on 6/19/2013 8:25:15 AM , Rating: 2
"Lenovo is making some really great stuff lately whatever changed in the last year with them has made them rock solid."

Lately? They have always been solid. They are the best PC/Laptop maker in the industry year after year as far as failure rates go... by a wide margin. THe old IBM thinkpad line was solid too. Usually, when a company buys a line like that, they use the good name and let quality slip to make fast $$$... and that is what everyone expected when Lenovo bought thinkpad... Surprisingly they not only kept the quality, they made it even better.


By hypocrisyforever on 6/18/2013 5:05:33 PM , Rating: 4
Thinkpads are a business line of machines. People in business use numberpads.


By chrnochime on 6/19/2013 10:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
No hard facts means everything you just said is your opinion and not MOST people. You!= most people. Is that so hard to understand?


By inighthawki on 6/18/2013 5:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Most of us don't need/want it, and it forces your hands to sit left of center, farther away from the mouse, etc.

And your (likely made up) statistic is more likely than Lenovo's market research team who found that it would be useful to their target customer base?

quote:
Typing comfort should be #1.

No, meeting the feature expectations of their target customers is #1.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By Mint on 6/18/2013 6:57:23 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Any argument about gaming is beyond ridiculous on this: it's a lenovo ultrabook. No one is gaming on them. Typing comfort should be #1.
Gaming? Are you so daft as to think gaming is the primary use of a numpad?

Try entering pages of numbers into a spreadsheet for accounting, finance, science experiment, etc without a numpad, or typing numbers and operations into a calculator. It's damn annoying.

The minimalist keyboard is the number one reason I'll never get a macbook. I want dedicated home/end/pgup/pgdn keys, and on 15"+ notebooks, I want a numpad.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By Roffles on 6/18/2013 7:55:54 PM , Rating: 2
Lenovo makes computers for people who use computers to make money. People who make money with their computers need a number pad. Besides using it for accounting and number crunching, I use the number pad for program specific hot keys. Using hot keyboard, I have bound the number keys to all sorts of productivity programs and created several dozen hotkeys that eliminate repetitive time consuming tasks that lead to greater productivity. This puts more money in my pocket. If you're complaining about having a num pad, then you don't know how to use one and that's sad.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By Mizerable on 6/19/2013 9:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
This laptop is for businesses users first, and consumers second. In my line of work a number pad is very useful because I am often typing numbers.


By slayernine on 6/19/2013 9:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
Keep the numberpad, I do more that write crappy screenplays on my laptop.


By BifurcatedBoat on 6/19/2013 8:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
I agree; I wouldn't buy a laptop with a number pad.


RE: FFS, ditch the numpad already
By Apone on 6/22/2013 10:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, I agree. I also tell people the row of numbers on the keyboard aren't just there for decoration...


No Haswell?
By mik123 on 6/18/2013 4:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get it, why would they release an ultrabook without Haswell, when Haswell is available?




RE: No Haswell?
By Flunk on 6/18/2013 4:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
Long development cycle? It is quite odd.


RE: No Haswell?
By BillyBatson on 6/18/2013 5:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
It could be a number of reasons why. It could be a way of keeping costs down, it could also be a way of reducing the price on a yet unproven (for Lenovo) size for an ultrabook just to see demand while at the same time using "old" hardware stock to more quickly update the rest of their notebook lines to Haswell.


ThinkDisAdvantage
By swizeus on 6/19/2013 8:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
Really though, they are pairing Thinkpad with windows 8 while there is no program for battery advantage ?

I had a Thinkpad E420 and so disappointed with Lenovo when I found out there is no battery management for windows 8 (It means battery will automatically charge itself when below 96% rather then my usual 15% settings, so what advantage do I have left with ThinkPad then ?




lie
By MamiyaOtaru on 6/19/2013 5:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
it's "lie flat" Lie and lay are different words, like sit and set. The second word in each pair requires an object as well as a subject.

Granted this distinction is going away in common use (which is the same as saying it is going away) but I still cringe a bit when I read this from a professional writer




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