Today, Lenovo announced a broad overhaul of its ThinkPad laptop lineup, led by the popular X13 and X13 Yoga.
Lenovo has added many of the features previously seen in its X1 Nano model to several other laptops in the ThinkPad line. One is an ongoing shift to 16:10 displays, which most productivity users will greatly appreciate compared to the more media-centric 16:9 aspect ratio found in recent earlier models.
There is also detection of human presence; the laptops use a radar sensor to detect when you sit in front of them, and they wake up accordingly. And of course, like so many comparable laptops these days, you can now get these machines with fingerprint readers built into the power buttons.
As for specs, CPU options for the X13 and X13 Yoga include Tiger Lake (11th generation) Intel Core chips with optional vPro, plus AMD Ryzen 5000 options. A major focus of this innovation is bridging the previously existing feature gap between the Intel and AMD configurations as interest in AMD processors is particularly high. We are not 100 percent on par, but we are closer than before.
The X13 and X13 Yoga have 13.3-inch 1920×1200 or 2560×1600 screens. Finally, the redesign includes wider touchpads, Wi-Fi 6E and optional sub-6 5G support only in the X13.
Lenovo has also revised the T-series lineup. The new T-series laptops still have 16:9 displays, though that admittedly makes a little more sense for laptops that offer 4K Dolby Vision display configurations, discrete graphics, and other specs and features geared toward media consumption.
The T14 and T14s have 14-inch displays and the 15 has a 15.6-inch display. CPU options offer 11th Gen Core i7 CPUs (also with vPro options) or, alternatively, AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro. Intel versions of several new Thinkpad laptops have an “i” after the name, as in Lenovo ThinkPad T14 i. Not the AMD versions.
Across the T-series you’ll find Wi-Fi 6 or 6E, 4G and 5G configurations and FullHD webcams, although many features are optional or non-standard when you configure the devices. Here are the starting prices and availability dates for each of the T and X Series laptops:
|Fashion model||Availability||Starting price|
|ThinkPad T14s i||March 2021||$1,499|
|ThinkPad T14s||May 2021||$1,279|
|ThinkPad T14 i||March 2021||$1,379|
|ThinkPad T14||May 2021||$1,159|
|ThinkPad T15||March 2021||$1,379|
|ThinkPad X13 Yoga||April 2021||$1,379|
|ThinkPad X13 i||March 2021||$1,299|
|ThinkPad X13||May 2021||$1,139|
Other updated products include the L14, L15 and PL14s, as well as a new monitor bearing the P40w label. If you are interested in those models, you can find more information on the Lenovo website.
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