Lenovo has announced a series of updates to its ThinkPad line. We’re getting updates for the lightweight ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga convertible, as well as the high-end T-series, budget-oriented L-series, and P-series mobile workstations.
The biggest news is that all of these models have taken spec bumps. Each series includes models with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 mobile processors as well as Intel’s 11th generation vPro chips. They are also receiving connectivity updates, including some options for Wi-Fi 6E on Intel systems and Wi-Fi 6 for AMD systems. Some models also support 5G.
The news that personally excites me the most is that the X13 i (Intel), X13 (AMD) and X13 Yoga (Intel) have 16:10 displays. Manufacturers of all walks of life have been switching to taller displays for business and productivity laptops. They give you more room to multitask and less need to scroll and move. There’s also a new Dolby Audio speaker system with user-facing speakers on the X13; they were fired from below on previous models.
Upgraded T-series (including T14s i, T14 i, and T15 with Intel and T14 and T14 with AMD), L-series (including L14 and L15 with AMD and L14 i and L15 i with Intel), and P-series ( including P14, P14 i and P15) also include the new chips. Models also have new security options including Match-on-Chip fingerprint readers; some Intel systems, including the T14s i and X13 i, have human presence detection sensors.
Pricing and availability are a bit confusing, so be patient. It seems that most of the Intel models will arrive in March, while the AMD models will arrive in May. The X13 Yoga is the exception: it will arrive in April. The T Series starts at $ 1,159 (for the T14), the L Series starts at $ 689 (for both models), and the P Series starts at $ 1,3169 (for the P14s). The X13 starts at $ 1,139 (for the AMD model) and the X13 Yoga starts at $ 1,379.