One of the added benefits to the next generation of Intel Ivy Bridge processors coming later this year is its native support of Thunderbolt. The newly announced high-end ThinkPad Edge S430 will feature Thunderbolt as one of a bevy of extra features aimed at taking this middle-range small business line of laptops up a notch.
The ThinkPad Edge S430
It's unclear whether it will feature Ivy Bridge, but, considering that the new CPUs will release in June, coinciding with the S430's release, we can guess that it's likely the S430 will feature the new Intel processors.
The Edge S430 doesn't look particularly striking, but Lenovo promises metal accents and a soft-touch finish that might make holding it more impressive. Besides having "the latest Intel Core processors," additional options will include an optical drive, or, alternatively, a second hard drive and Nvidia Optimus graphics. The Edge S430 will start at US$749, with Australian details yet to be announced.
Also updated are the ThinkPad Edge E430 and E530, 14-inch and 15-inch versions of the Edge series of laptops that won't be Thunderbolt equipped. These budget-range models will be available in either Intel Core i-series or AMD Fusion flavours, much like last year's Edge laptops, along with optional discrete graphics, USB 3.0, an HD Web cam and solid-state drive (SSD) storage options. The colour scheme has been expanded, too; you can now have one in red, black or blue. Starting prices are expected to be around US$549.
Last but not least, the surprisingly affordable Essential B series will receive a small boost to new Intel Core processors, as well. These laptops will start as low as US$399, although it's not clear what comes in that entry-level package.
The new Edge E430 and E530 laptops and Essential B Series will be available in April, and the ThinkPad Edge S430 will be available in June.