updated 03:45 pm EDT, Thu June 11, 2009
ThinkPad T400s leaked
New images show there may soon be an addition to Lenovo's ThinkPad T400 notebook range with a new, slimmer model, the T400s. Its 0.83-inch thickness represents a noticeable reduction from the T400's 1.12-inch design. Specs will be shared with the range, according to SOBlog, including a choice of 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors and a 14.1-inch, LED-backlit display with a 1440x900 resolution. Due to the T400s' slimness, users won't be able to upgrade from Intel's integrated 4500MHD graphics processor, however.
Other specs include 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive (40GB smaller than regular T400 notebooks) preloaded with Windows Vista Business 32-bit, gigabit Ethernet, a DisplayPort connection and an eSATA port. A fingerprint scanner, 5-in-1 card reader and Bluetooth are present. Solid state drives will be offered as options, along with a 3G radio. Weight of a standard model is set at 3.9lbs, saving some 0.9lbs from a traditional T400.
The T400s has a dock, though its design has been changed and is now shallower, rendering existing docks useless.
Other changes involve the keyboard, with the Esc key growing and the Insert key moving around. Shortcut buttons for the volume and the ThinkVantage button have changed, and there is a new Mute button for the microphone. Trackpad mouse buttons are also curvier. The touchpad now offers more friction but whether it has the rumored multi-touch capability has not been confirmed.
Pricing and release dates for the T400s are unconfirmed at this time.
ThinkPad T400s on top, T400 on bottom