Lenovo unveils its first 15-inch ultrabook, the ThinkPad S531

During the Xander Zhou fashion show in London, yesterday, Chinese maker Lenovo unveiled its first 15-inch ultrabook called the ThinkPad S531. The new device, however, is not all that new inside, featuring third-generation Core processors, rather than Intel's latest "Haswell" offerings.

Despite the fashion connection, the ThinkPad S531 is unlikely to win any design awards (well apart from the "boring boardroom choice"). The ultrabook looks rather understated (maybe a bit too much) and similar to Lenovo's other business-grade laptops, sporting an all-black look that is only interrupted by a couple of logos and the company's now-customary red trackpoint.

With the ThinkPad S531, Lenovo has not strayed from adding traditional ThinkPad features. The ultrabook offers a 180-degree opening angle for the display, a backlit and spill-resistant keyboard (with the Fn key to the left of the Ctrl button), the red trackpoint and an integrated fingerprint reader.

Other features include gesture support for the touchpad, a 720p video camera with face-tracking and noise-cancelling microphones, JBL speakers and USB 3.0 connectivity. The laptop can house up to 10 GB of RAM and 500 GB of internal storage.

For the ThinkPad S531, Lenovo quotes nine hours of cordless operation when relying solely on its four-cell 62.8 Wh battery.

There is no word related to pricing or availability, at the moment.

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