In time for the fall season, Lenovo is out with new Ultrabooks for its ThinkPad portfolio. The models feature the new Intel Relevant Products/Services Haswell processors and are thinner and lighter than previous incarnations. At the same time, the company is also unveiling a new, eye-catching panoramic display.

The new models -- the T440s, T440 and X240 -- offer form factors that are 20 percent thinner and trackpads that are up to 45 percent larger.

The redesigned trackpads provide enhanced click capability for supporting gestures in Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system Relevant Products/Services. The laptops also offer what the company said was all-day battery Relevant Products/Services life that uses Lenovo's Power Bridge technology and, thanks to an internal battery, users can "hot swap" a unit's external battery without powering down the machine.

'17 Hours of Battery Life'

Dilip Bhatia, vice president of Marketing in the Think Business Group, said in a statement that the company's ambition to "always build a better laptop has resulted in thinner, lighter and longer lasting ThinkPad laptops with a simpler and cleaner design, and up to an incredible 17 hours of battery life." He said the new lineup resets "the standard for business Relevant Products/Services-class Ultrabooks."

The new models accommodate up to 1 terabyte of storage Relevant Products/Services, and offer sensors to monitor Relevant Products/Services the unit. A G-sensor detects physical shocks, thermal sensors detect heat, and voltage sensors are designed to protect key components from being overloaded. There are also new docking solutions, including a smaller and thinner Basic Dock, a Pro Dock and Ultra Dock.

The T440s offers a touch-enabled 14-inch high-definition screen and can handle up to an Intel Core i7 processor Relevant Products/Services. The T440, which can take up to a Core i5, has an HD+ 14-inch screen with touch-ability as an option. The X240, supporting up to a Core i7, comes with a touch-optional 12.5 inch HD display. It is designed for what Lenovo calls "extreme mobility," weighing under 3 pounds and being only 0.8 inches thin.

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT Relevant Products/Services, said the new Lenovo models are only "one of the several vendor stories we'll be seeing that relate to the new Intel chips."

'More than a Refresh'

King told us the new models were "more than a refresh" because of their thinness, lightness, all-day battery life and new processors. Lenovo, King said, is "showing that it's been listening" to its buyers.

A new ThinkVision monitor offers Lenovo's first panoramic display, with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 2560x1080 resolution, and a 29-inch LED backlit panel offering one-third more viewing area than a traditional 16:9 screen. As if that weren't enough, the LT2934z unit also provides a full HD webcam, a dual-array microphone, picture-in-picture capability and audio speakers.

The new models will be available at the end of next month, at $899 for the T440, $1,099 for the X240, and $1,149 for the T440s. The ThinkVision also becomes available in October, starting at $799.