We spotted today a new Lenovo notebook list for 2012, including some models unknown to date.
Lenovo ThinkPad T430s – The T430u ultrabook is considered to be the replacement for the T420s thin-and-light laptop, but now we see that the T430s also exists. The T430s is most likely a thin-and-light 14-incher, which doesn’t meet ultrabook criteria.
ThinkPad T530 – This is an expected replacements for the current 15.6″ T520 business notebook, which belongs to the performance segment. We assume the T530 will have the same screen size. It’s a larger sibling of the T430.
ThinkPad W530 – The W530 is the next generation series of the 15.6″ ThinkPad-branded mobile workstation. A 17″ ThinkPad mobile workstation variant, which was available in the past, is not present on the list.
ThinkPad X230t – The X230t is a touch-enabled convertible version of the X230 ultraportable and will most likely have a screen with 12″ or so diagonal.
ThinkPad X131e – The X130e is a 11.6″ ruggedized laptop aimed at students. It includes AMD Fusion or an Intel Core i3 CPU, whereas the upcoming X131e will be additionally available with Core i5 and i7 chips, besides i3.
Lenovo IdeaPad V480, V480c, V480s, and V480u – These are variations of the Ideapad V480 14″ consumer & small business laptop. Judging from the naming scheme, the V480s is a thin-and-light version, while the V480u is an ultrabook. We are not sure what does “c” in V480c means.
IdeaPad V580 – It’s a 15.6″ version of the previous.
Availability of Core i3, i5, and i7 processor options (most likely including parts from the new Intel Ivy Bridge family) is one common characteristic for all listed notebooks. A feature which is present on all these notebooks is Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 for Windows 7 or EE3. EE3 is a replacement for EE2 certification regarding performance of Lenovo’s PCs. EE combines proprietary Lenovo technologies and Windows tweaks in order to provide better system responsiveness. According to the PC maker, average boot time for EE3-certified Lenovo computers is 24 seconds, while for the EE2 PCs it’s 29 seconds.
All the models on the list are EE3-only, so it doesn’t include other non-EE3 notebooks for this year.
Source: Lenovo (.pdf)