Lenovo has announced extensive updates for its ThinkPad X and T-series line of laptops, including select models with 1080p webcams.
These are the first for high-resolution webcam thinkpads, but are also counted among the very few FHD options currently available. The refreshed models include the second generation of the ThinkPad X13, X13 Yoga, T14S, T14 and T15. However, among them, only the X13 and T14S feature new camera upgrades as an option. Nevertheless, the jump to 1080p is only available in the upgrade configuration, not the base model.
Of course, there is so much more to these new upgrades than just better webcams. The ThinkPad break it, starting with the X-series.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga Gen 2
The X13 and X13 Yoga are the company’s two smallest Thinkpad, which use a 13-inch screen instead of 14 inches. In the latest generation, they also feature a wider touchpad that now has a smoother tracking surface, as well as a relocated fingerprint scanner now built into the power button.
Both of these models have both moved to a 16:10 aspect ratio, which the company did last month with its ThinkPad X1 flagship line. This means longer screens, more pixels, less wasted space and thinner bezels. This was one of our biggest complaints about the original ThinkPad X13, which included thick, old bezels.
They all also include a new color and material option, an aluminum “storm gray” color. These aluminum ThinkPads feature CNC machined sidewalls, which otherwise provide a slight shine to a matte finish.
While the X13 Yoga only has a 720p camera, it incorporates both a 360-degree hinge and a built-in stylus in its slot by the keyboard. Lenovo says that while clamshell models continue to out-2-in-1, the company sees year-over-year growth in its “totals” category.
Both the X13 and X13 Yoga include options for the latest Intel 11th-gen vPro processor or Ryzen 5000 Pro, as well as support for 4G LTE or 5G connectivity.
The X13 weighs 2.62 pounds and is 0.72 inches thick, while the X13 Yoga is 2.65 pounds and 0.61 inches thick. Both models can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM (at 4,266MHz), 2TB of SSD storage, and a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor.
Both the X13 and X13 Yoga come with a range of display options, ranging from a non-touch 1920 x 1200 to a “low-power” 2560 x 1600 resolution.
The AMD version of the ThinkPad X13 will start at $ 1,139, while Intel starts at $ 1,299.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s, T14, and T15 Gen 2
The T-Series includes the larger, larger ThinkPad, although the T14 is clearly the most modern looking of the bunch. The “s” stands for slimmer than the 0.7-inch thickness and 3.23 pounds of the standard T14, as the T14s are just 0.63 inches thick and 2.8 pounds.
The T14s are also the only T-series laptops to feature some premium features coming to the X13, such as a fingerprint sensor built into the power button and support for 5G.
Like the X-Series, Lenovo has fully adopted the AMD Rizen 5000 Pro as an alternative to the Intel Vipro model. Outside of the difference in processing power, the only feature difference is the Thunderbolt 4, which is still a specialized Intel technology. The Intel model also includes Wi-Fi 6E, a faster connectivity standard that Ryzen has not yet adopted.
The T14 and T15 include the latest Nvidia MX450 discrete graphics. These pale in comparison to the RTX level graphics found in more powerful 15-inch laptops such as the Dell XPS 15 or the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but at least offer a smaller bump in graphical horsepower over integrated options.
The T-Series all includes models with 1080p or 4K resolution, as well as options such as a touchscreen, bright display (up to 500 nits), or a one-watt panel for improved battery life.
The AMD version of the T14s starts at $ 1,279, while the Intel version is $ 1,499. This is a similar price discrepancy with the T14, with the cheaper AMD model for $ 1,159 and the Intel version for $ 3737. The T15 also starts at $ 1,379.
The company made a fresh announcement for its budget-oriented ThinkPad, L14 and L15. These now have the latest processor options and updated Nvidia MX450 graphics. Both the L14 and L15 start at $ 689.
Finally, Lenovo gave a small update for the P14s and P15s to their professional workstation level laptops. This includes AMD and Intel’s latest processors, the Nvidia T500 discrete graphics card and two Thunderbolt 4 ports (on Intel models). P14s start at $ 1,169 and P15s start at $ 1,389.
All versions of these new ThinkPads feature AMD processors, which will expire in May, while Intel models ship in March.