has added the ThinkPad T431 to its lineup touting 26 major revisions over the model that it replaces. In developing the T431, Lenovo researchers observed ThinkPad and other users over a nine-month period in order to shape the design of the new model. The aim, according to Lenovo, was to create a notebook that would have maxium appeal for business users in a 'bring your own notebook' office place.
The end is result is that the T431 centers on a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels with a brightness of 250 nits. It weighs in at 3.6-pounds and is 0.82-inches thick, while it also comes pre-loaded with Windows 7, not the newer Windows 8. Despite this, Lenovo has designed the notebook to work better with Windows 8 if users opt for it, redesigning the trackpoint and touchpad for the new OS. The keyboard was also optimised for use with Windows 8.
In addition to a wide range of storage options, users will be able to fit their T431 with a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 options. Battery life is rated at up to 9 hours depending on use. A wide range of connectivity options is included, such as USB 3.0, MiniDisplay Port and a Smart Card reader that allows users to make NFC payments. The Lenovo T431 will start shipping in April from $949.