Lenovo's announced the first Windows laptop, the ThinkPad Edge S430, to pack Thunderbolt connectivity using the same mini DisplayPort connector as Apple's current line-up. Finally, we might see more than just Apple and Intel getting behind the lightning quick standard.
The Edge S430 is a "thin and light" in the traditional sense – we’re not talking an ultrabook here – but at only just over 2cm thick it’s not exactly a chubster. Lenovo’s bundled some decent configurable specs under the hood too, with Intel’s latest processors including a Core i7 option; up to 16GB of RAM, and a choice between a spinning platter of up to 500GB or a 128GB SSD for storage. For those that need a little more oomph in the graphics department you can kit this 14-incher out with a discrete Nvidia GPU. The company’s graphics chip switching Optimus tech is included to boot, to try and save some of that previous battery life. An unspecified high-res screen option and a 720p webcam round out a decently specced workhorse. Unfortunately there's no pricing available, I can't see it being cheap, but we'll hopefully find out a bit more next week at CES.
Frankly, it’s about time someone else jumped on-board with Thunderbolt. Yes, we’ve got two competing standards in USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, but considering the sheer bandwidth provided by the Apple/Intel standard and the ability to just use it as a mini DisplayPort, I really want to see more machines packing it. Then maybe we’ll actually see some useful Thunderbolt-powered accessories come out other than the ludicrously expensive SSD RAID disks I can only lust after from afar. [Ubergizmo]