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The Zenbook UX31A is the direct replacement of the UX31, though don't be fooled by the similar product names, this is a serious upgrade we're talking about. Ivy Bridge processors from Intel and matte screen options will be available with the highest spec offering 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 13.3-inch IPS display.

Description

The ThinkPad X230 by Lenovo is an ultraportable notebook with a 12.5-inch IPS display, built-in LTE connectivity, and Intel's Ivy Bridge family of processors. It features Dolby Advanced Audio, two USB 3.0 ports, a built-in webcam with face tracking, and an optional backlit keyboard.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,149.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 5, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,179.00
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.71 inches
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.01 inches
  • Depth: 8.13 inches
  • Thickness: 0.75 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Operating system: Windows 7

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px

Display (max)

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Optional
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad, Pointing stick
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i3-2370M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.4 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3520M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000

GPU (max)

  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 16 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 2
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC

Storage

  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 320 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 500 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 180 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower

Audio

  • Audio brand: Dolby Advanced Audio v2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Biometric scanner: Optional
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB: 2
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Optional
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Other carrier options: Gobi 3000
  • 3G: Yes
  • 4G: Yes
  • Trusted platform module: Optional

Security

  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr

Battery

  • Size: 63 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: Yes
Gigabit ethernet to USB 3.0 dongle, Mini VGA to VGA dongle

Bundled Accessories

  • PCMarkVantage: 13128
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 3316
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 46 minutes

Benchmarks

  • The Verge Battery Test: 7 hours and 10 minutes
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