Lenovo is gearing up to launch a new series of notebooks aimed at mainstream users. The new ThinkBook laptops were recently showcased at a trade show in China and are currently listed by at least two European retailers. Meanwhile, based on model numbers, it looks like that when they launch in the coming weeks, the new ThinkBooks will succeed certain IdeaPad models within Lenovo's laptop product stack.

First demonstrated at CITE 2019 in Shenzhen, China, the new Lenovo ThinkBook S laptops come in machined aluminum chassis and feature a rather strict business-style designs that somewhat resemble Lenovo's IdeaPad 500-series mobile PCs. The manufacturer showcased two models at the trade show — the ThinkBook S540-13-IWL and the ThinkBook S540-14-IWL — featuring 13.3-inch and 14.1-inch Full-HD IPS displays respectively.

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The flagship Lenovo ThinkBook S models are based on Intel’s Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake) processors and are paired with 16 GB of RAM as well as a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD. Select models will also come with a discrete AMD Radeon 540X GPU, but expect this one to be available only inside premium SKUs. In fact, based on Lenovo’s usual approach, expect to see the Lenovo to release the ThinkBook S in a wide variety of configurations in order to cover several market segments.

Both demonstrated ThinkBook S models will also be outfitted with Lenovo’s Accutype keyboard, a rather large touchpad, a 720p webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, stereo speakers with Harman badge, a microphone array, three USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, and a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets. As for dimensions and weight, the 13.3 and 14.1-inch machines feature 15.9 and 16.5-mm z-heights and weigh 1.34 and 1.5 kilograms respectively.

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At present, Ennebi Computers from Italy and Dateks from Latvia list ThinkBook S 13-inch laptops featuring unknown configurations. The former lists the PC for €963, whereas the latter says that the notebook will be available on May 25.

Lenovo yet has to formally confirm the plan to replace certain IdeaPad models with ThinkBooks, but based on the fact that the company officially showcased the machines at a trade show and two retailers are already listing them, it's clear that their launch is imminent. What remains to be seen is how exactly the company intends to clearly distinguish between ThinkBooks aimed at consumers and ThinkPads engineered for business and corporate users.

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Sources: Notebook Italia, Liliputing

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  • levizx - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    You obvious can't spell ThinkPad correctly, and don't have the foggiest about monopoly. Coupled with your utter disregard of actual security risk, thank gods you don't have a important job.
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  • Rookierookie - Saturday, May 4, 2019 - link

    Neither the Y50 nor the S100 are Thinkpads, and you must be living under a rock if you haven't heard about the various issues with the XPS 15.
  • ikjadoon - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    Hope they can squeeze in at least one normal laptop at a 3:2 display ratio.

  • MarcusMo - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    My thoughts exactly. They’ve learned nothing from the success of the matebook pro x, surface laptop etc. That bottom chin is just a terrible waste of space.
  • HStewart - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    I personally like Ultrawide so two documents on same screen. Better than two displays and especially Laptop / Desktop display combination.
  • p1esk - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    Two documents on 13” screen?
  • HStewart - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    Two documents on 38 in desktop screen combine with laptop screen which barely gets used unless I actually mobile with it.

    The following is a new version of monitor - I got it for $700 and it great

  • MarcusMo - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    I’m on my 4th 21:9 monitor by now (34wk95 right now) and I absolutely love the format for side by side work. 16:9 is rubbish in comparison, both windows become too skinny.

    If you like the window proportions on a split 21:9 (10.5:9), you’ll probably more inclined to like 3:2 instead of 16:9. Have you tried it?

    Regardless of your proportion preferences, I think we can all agree on that screen real estate beats plastic chins. Either shrink the proportions of the laptop, or fill the lid with pixels please!
  • p1esk - Friday, May 3, 2019 - link

    Where did you get it for $700? That's a very good deal!

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