Lenovo ThinkPad X, T Series Refresh Includes 1080p Webcams
Lenovo has announced a radical update to its ThinkPad X and T-series notebook lineup, which includes select models with 1080p webcams.
These high-resolution webcams are a first for ThinkPads, but are also among the very few FHD options currently available. Updated models include the second generation ThinkPad X13, X13 Yoga, T14S, T14, and T15. Of these, however, only the X13 and T14S offer the new camera upgrade as an option. Even then, upgrading to 1080p is only available in upgrade setups, not base models.
Of course, these new upgrades offer more than just improved webcams. Let’s break it down, starting with the ThinkPad X series.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga Gen 2
X13 and X13
The X13 and X13 Yoga are the company’s two smaller ThinkPads, which use a 13-inch screen rather than a 14-inch one. In the latest generation, they also feature a larger touchpad which now has a smoother tracking surface, as well as a relocated fingerprint scanner which is now integrated with the power button.
These two models have both moved to a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is what the company did last month with its flagship ThinkPad X1 line. That means bigger screens, more pixels, less wasted space, and thinner bezels. This was one of our biggest complaints about the original ThinkPad X13, which included thick, outdated bezels.
They also all include a new color and material option, a “storm gray” aluminum color. These aluminum ThinkPads feature CNC-machined sidewalls, which provide a slight sheen to the otherwise matte finish.
Although the X13 Yoga only has a 720p camera, it includes both a 360-degree hinge and a built-in stylus, housed in its own slot by the keyboard. Lenovo says that while clamshell models continue to outperform 2-in-1s, the company continues to see year-over-year growth in its “Yoga” category.
The X13 and X13 Yoga both include options for the latest 11th Gen Intel vPro or Ryzen 5000 Pro processors, 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 4266MHz), 2TB of SSD storage, and up to a Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor.
The X13 and X13 Yoga come with a range of display options, from a non-touch resolution of 1920 x 1200 up to the “low power” resolution of 2560 x 1600.
The AMD version of the ThinkPad X13 will be available starting at $ 1,139, while the Intel starts at $ 1,299.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s, T14 and T15 Gen 2
The T-series includes larger and bulkier ThinkPads, although the T14 is clearly the most modern of the bunch. The “s” stands for thin, as the T14 is only 0.63 inches thick and 2.8 pounds compared to the 0.7 inches thick and 3.23 pounds of the standard T14.
The T14 is also the only T-series laptop to feature some of the premium features of the X13, such as the fingerprint sensor built into the power button and support for 5G.
Like the X series, Lenovo has fully adopted AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro as an alternative to the Intel vPro models. Apart from the differences in processing power, the only difference in functionality is Thunderbolt 4, which is still an Intel proprietary technology. Intel models also include Wi-Fi 6E, a faster connectivity standard that Ryzen has yet to adopt.
The T14 and T15 include the latest Nvidia MX450 discrete graphics. These are pale compared to the RTX-level graphics found in more powerful 15-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 15 or the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, but at least offer a small increase in graphics power over the built-in options.
The T-series all include models with 1080p or 4K resolutions, along with options like touch screens, brighter displays (up to 500 nits) or one-watt panels for better battery life.
The AMD version of the T14s starts at $ 1,279, while the Intel version is $ 1,499. It’s a similar price gap with the T14, which has the cheaper AMD model for $ 1,159 and the Intel version for $ 1,379. The T15 also starts at $ 1,379.
The company also announced an update to its budget ThinkPads, the L14 and L15. These now have the latest processor options and updated Nvidia MX450 graphics. The L14 and L15 start at $ 689.
Finally, Lenovo has rolled out a small update to the P14 and P15, its professional workstation-level laptops. It also includes the latest processors from AMD and Intel, the Nvidia T500 discrete graphics card and two Thunderbolt 4 ports (on the Intel model). The P14s start at $ 1,169 and the P15s start at $ 1,389.
All versions of these new ThinkPads equipped with AMD processors are expected to release in May, while Intel models will ship in March.