Just a few days ago, Lenovo announced that it had made the world’s lightest 14 inch ultrabook – the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. While that laptop was certainly cool looking, Lenovo took it a step further today by announcing their entire 2012 ThinkPad lineup.
Lenovo is separating its ThinkPad brand into four separate groups. Here is a basic run down of each group.
ThinkPad L group
The L series includes the L430 and the 15 inch L530. They both cost less than $900 ($879 to be exact) and have identical 1366 x 768 displays. Lenovo promises that these devices have a surprisingly high battery life of 9.5 hours, but that remains to be tested on the open market. In addition, each L series laptop includes a USB 3.0 slot and a mini DisplayPort.
ThinkPad T group
Stepping up the performance from the L family is the T series of Lenovo ThinkPads. The T430, T430s, and T530 claim to have 30 hours (!!) of battery life. Since the 14 inch T430 costs the same as an L family laptop ($879), it’s bound to be quite the steal. The T430s, meanwhile, has a 1600×900 display resolution and a starting price of $1,399.
As of yet, news about the T530 has been kept quiet. However, the T420 models are each expected to have Core i7 Intel processors and Lenovo’s popular RapidCharge technology.
ThinkPad W series
The W group of ThinkPads has only a single model: the W530. It packs the most performance out of all the laptops listed here, but it’s also the most expensive. This makes it ideal as a desktop replacement, but it’s obviously not very portable.
The W530 is priced at $1,529 and contains a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, as well as the ability to upgrade to a massive 32GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Rounding out the performance is a discrete Nvidia graphics card and a flashy backlit keyboard.
ThinkPad X series
The ThinkPad X series offers a great blend of performance power and affordable pricing. The two models in this series are the X230 and X230T, each of which weighs under a measly 3lbs. They have twelve and a half inch displays as well as a 4G wireless card, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 docks, the ability to track faces, and top-notch Dolby Advanced Audio.
Lenovo’s 2012 lineup is expected to start shipping to retail stores in June.