Today, Lenovo announces a host of updates to a large portion of its ThinkPad lineup and updates its business-focused products for 2021. Some of the big changes for this year are impressive and welcome, and Lenovo is committed to providing feature parity. between AMD and Intel offerings, as well as upgrading some of their laptops with 5G, Wi-Fi 6E and continuing the trend of bringing back 16:10 aspect ratio displays for a better productivity experience.
ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga
Although part of the ThinkPad X lineup was updated at CES, Lenovo continues today with the 2021 updates on the X13 and X13 Yoga products, and the changes make these already impressive devices even more so.
On the processor side, Lenovo offers 11th Gen Intel Core processors, also known as Tiger Lake, with optional vPro, as well as AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro options. Lenovo says they have listened to customer feedback and are working hard to close the deal. feature and option gap between the two platforms. For the most part, customers who choose AMD or Intel will have the same specifications and options available for the rest of the product, such as displays, memory, etc., in addition to platform-specific features such as Intel compatible with Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0. . .
The X13 and X13 Yoga will also receive Wi-Fi 6E, which means 6 GHz support, and for those who want connectivity when on the go, the sub-6 5G is an option on the X13, or 4G is available on both. Models.
Lenovo also continues to move to 16:10 displays, with taller displays filling the body more and providing more vertical pixels for productivity. This is a huge trend, and one that shouldn’t have taken that long to come back, since of course the original widescreen ThinkPads were 16:10 before the entire industry switched to 16: 9. Lenovo is also proud of offer hardware support for low blue light on displays and, unlike most low blue light technologies that cause a redshift on the screen, the backlight physically produces less stressful blue lights, allowing the display to stay still. Maintain the proper white balance.
As this is a suitable business machine, there is additional security as well, such as Match-On-Chip fingerprint readers built into the power button, and Intel models will support human presence detection, allowing the machine to lock up when you are away and it will unlock when you return. This will be through the IR camera, and as for the visual camera, Lenovo includes an option for both HD with IR and FHD with IR, the latter being a good addition thanks to the increase in video conferencing over the latter. . anus.
The updated ThinkPad X13 will be available in May starting at $ 1,139 USD, and the X13 Yoga will be available in April starting at $ 1,379.
ThinkPad T14, T14s and T15
When most people think of ThinkPad, they probably think of the venerable T-Series. Lenovo said they are working on feature parity between Intel and AMD, and one of the changes is not to mark the products differently based on CPU, but for the T series, it doesn’t seem like they got there yet. There will be ThinkPad T14 i, ThinkPad T14s i and ThinkPad T15 powered by Intel, and for the 14-inch models, the branded ones without i will be based on AMD Ryzen.
Although the T series, at least for this generation, sticks with aspect ratios of 16: 9, with several options for the 14 and 15-inch range, including UHD displays with Dolby Vision. Lenovo also offers its PrivacyGuard screens for added security and some low-power options depending on how you configure it.
Performance wise, the laptop will offer up to Core i7 11th Gen with vPro options, or AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro. Memory will be up to 32GB on S model and up to 48GB on non-S model. up to 2TB of PCIe storage, and Intel platforms support PCIe 4.0 speeds. The non-S T14 and T15 also offer an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 with 2GB of GDDR6, if additional graphics computation is needed over Intel Iris Xe or AMD Vega 8 graphics.
As with much of the ThinkPad lineup, Lenovo offers Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and cellular capabilities with 4G and 5G options. As with the ThinkPad X13 range, Lenovo will also offer IR FHD webcams as optional upgrades.
Although the T14s is smaller and lighter than the T14, it packs a larger battery at 57 Wh, compared to just 50 Wh in the larger model. The 15-inch T15 also has the 57 Wh battery.
The ThinkPad T14s is one of my favorite laptops, and it’s always good to see it get updated. The new models will be available from March through May, depending on the model, with prices starting at $ 1,149 for the ThinkPad T14 AMD model.
ThinkPad P14s and P15s
Some of the P-series mobile workstation models will also be updated, and as with the other units, there will be 11th Gen Intel Core with vPro, as well as AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro CPU offerings.
The P14 and P15 will offer either 8GB or 16GB of memory soldered on, as well as an SO-DIMM slot, which will allow up to 48GB of maximum memory in these thinner and lighter versions of the P-series laptops. Lenovo also offers NVIDIA. T500, which are workstation class graphics based on the Turing MX450 and with 4GB of VRAM.
The P14 and P15 will both offer FHD displays as standard, with some options like ePrivacy or Low-Power, and both will offer an optional UHD display with HDR 400 and Dolby Vision HDR. The UHD displays will come with X-Rite factor color calibration.
For those who need a Linux version, Lenovo will offer Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installations as well as Red Had as factory options.
Wireless technology will be Intel Wi-Fi 6E for 6 GHz support thanks to the Intel AX210 on Tiger Lake models, and AMD’s offerings will continue to support Wi-Fi 6, but without 6 GHz support.
Although some of the other ThinkPads are offered with an FHD webcam, the P14 and P15 are not, at least for now. The newer webcam is physically larger and would require a more complete chassis redesign, but the HD webcam offers IR if required.
The Intel-powered P14s i and P15s will be available in March, starting at $ 1,389 for anyone, and the P14s with AMD in May, and starting at $ 1,169.
ThinkPad L14 and L15
Completing the line is the least expensive way to get into a ThinkPad, and that’s the L-Series. Also offered in an Intel L14 / 15 i-based design, or an AMD L14 / 15-based design, the least expensive offerings yet. they offer some powerful options.
With 11th Gen Intel Core with vPro and AMD Ryzen 5000, there will be two SODIMM slots, thanks to the thicker and heavier design, meaning that the least expensive models here can be equipped with the most RAM, up to 64GB. There will be Intel Iris Xe or AMD Vega graphics, and buyers can also go for NVIDIA GeForce MX 450.
One of the sad realities of a budget device is the display, and the base model comes with a 1366×768 TN panel (yuck!). Fortunately, Lenovo offers FHD IPS offerings on both.
Storage is up to 1TB PCIe SSD or up to 2TB spinning hard drive, but you get Wi-Fi 6 across the range and optional cellular options.
The L-series is really all about the entry price, and the new L14 and L15 will be available in May starting at $ 689.