Lenovo has dumped a slew of new ThinkPads into the world, and there are some exciting things in there. We get a brand new ThinkPad X13s powered by Snapdragon chips, a fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme with a WQXGA 165Hz display option, and also new additions to the P-Series and T-Series.
The news I’m personally most excited about is the shape of the screen. A few months ago, Lenovo told me that much of its portfolio would move to the 16:10 aspect ratio this year. They seem to keep their word. Across the board, the new models are 16:10 – bigger and roomier than they were in their 16:9 eras.
Some news that’s a little more… intriguing is the all-new ThinkPad X13s, the first laptop to feature the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 computing platform. Qualcomm made some lofty claims about this platform upon release, including “60 percent better performance per watt” over competing x86 platforms and “multi-day battery life.” The company has also touted AI improvements, including better autofocus, auto white balance and auto exposure on video calls. This will be an interesting system to test as we’ve seen mixed results from the battery life and performance of the 8cx Gen 2. These types of chips are generally found in devices with thinness and lightness as their top priority, rather than the high-powered machines I would generally associate with the ThinkPad category.
Aside from the processor, the X13’s big calling card is portability. At 2.35 pounds (1.06 kg), it doesn’t quite compare to the lightest ThinkPads we’ve ever seen, but it’s still quite light for a laptop. It was quite easy to move Lenovo’s demo room with one hand. There’s no fan (which probably helps with the size and weight), but Snapdragon chips are designed to be quite efficient in the absence of heavy cooling.
Several parts of the chassis also feature recycled materials, including the top and bottom, which are 90 percent recycled magnesium. This had no material impact on the build quality I’ve observed in my short time with the X13s – it felt as sturdy and well-built as any portable ThinkPad.
The big news on the workstation front is the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. This powerful multimedia machine is enhanced with Intel’s 12th generation Core i9 H-series processors that support Intel’s vPro platform. It also has a 165Hz 16:10 display option for the first time (there’s also a 4K offering). The cramped 16:9 display was one of my few complaints about the last X1 Extreme I reviewed, so this is a big improvement in my book.
The T Series and P Series are equipped with 16:10 displays and FHD cameras across the board. They also got new Intel processors; the T series is also available with AMD’s Ryzen Pro 6000 chips. Both lines have 14-inch and 16-inch models.
Pricing and availability are a bit of a mishmash. Here’s the timeline: The P-series and Intel T-series models will all be available in April, with prices ranging from $1,399 to $1,419. The X13s (starting at $1,099) will follow in May, as will the AMD T14s ($1,399). June then brings the X1 Extreme Gen 5 ($2,049) and the rest of the AMD T-series models ($1,299).
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