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Lenovo is refreshing nine ThinkPad models with Intel’s latest 11th generation Core vPro processors and AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs.
The new chips promise to offer the business laptops fast performance and long battery life. In addition, Lenovo has upgraded the products with larger 16:10 displays, 1080p webcams, and the option for a 5G modem, depending on the model. Let’s dig into the highlights.
Lenovo X13 Yoga and X13
On its 13-inch ThinkPads, Lenovo swapped out their 16:9 displays for taller 16:10 panels for more screen real estate. They also emit less blue light to reduce eyestrain, the company says.
Other tweaks include increasing the size of the touchpad while making the keyboard more compact. To prevent the ThinkPads from being accidentally turned on while inside a laptop bag, the company also moved the power button from the side of the laptop to above the keyboard. The same power button also comes with a fingerprint reader on the Intel models.
5G Modem and FHD Webcams
For internet on the go, the X13, X13 Yoga, along with the T14s, can be configured with a 5G modem. However, the modem will only use the sub-6 5G spectrum, not the millimeter-wave technology because, while faster, mmWave also generates more heat. Buyers can also configure the laptops with a 4G modem.
The other notable change is the option for a 1080p infrared web camera for clearer video calls on the X13 and T14s.
New Aluminum Versions and Wi-Fi 6E
ThinkPads generally come encased in a black carbon fiber chassis. But now you’ll be able to buy the T14s, T14, X13, and X13 Yoga in a new “storm gray” aluminum casing.
For the ThinkPads with Intel’s 11th generation Core vPro processors, owners are getting another perk: the laptops will be configured to tap the new Wi-Fi 6E standard. Wi-Fi 6E adds more spectrum for your device to use, for lower latencies. But to use the new standard, your Wi-Fi router will also need to be 6E-compliant.
Lenovo describes the T14s as a premium, mobility-focused 14-inch laptop. But if you want more power, consider the T14 and T15, which can be configured with a discrete graphics card from Nvidia or AMD.
The L models, on the other hand, are the most affordable PCs in the refresh. The P series laptops have been designed to run AutoCAD, Revit, and Solidworks—intensive design program engineers and architect often use.
The new ThinkPads start arriving next month with the Intel models, denoted by the “i” next to the name. (Yoga model will also use Intel silicon.) Lenovo will then roll out the AMD versions in May. As you can see, the business laptops generally start over $1,000, save for the L series.
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