Lenovo is working with Mobile World Congress to update its ThinkPad product line, including changes to Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme, and the addition of AMD to ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga.
All laptops are scheduled to be launched in August. ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 starts at US$2,149, ThinkPad L13 Gen 2 starts at US$799, and ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2 starts at US$999.
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4||Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Gen 2||Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 2|
|CPU||Up to 11th generation Intel Core i9 H series vPro||AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro Series||AMD Ryzen 5000 Pro Series|
|Graphics processor||Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB)||Integrated AMD Radeon graphics||Integrated AMD Radeon graphics|
|Show off||16 inches, 16:10, 2560 x 1600 or 3840 x 2400 HDR 400, touch optional||13.3 inches, up to 1920 x 1080 touch||13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 IPS touch|
|Store||Up to 4TB total, up to two M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSDs||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|RAM||Up to 64GB DDR4-3200||Up to 16GB LPDDR4-3200||Up to 16GB LPDDR4-3200|
|webcam||1080p with privacy shutter, some models include infrared||720p with privacy shutter, some models include IR||720p with privacy shutter, some models include IR|
|networking||Intel AX210 2×2 Wi-Fi 6/6E, Bluetooth 5.2||Intel Wi-Fi 6 2×2 AX200, Bluetooth 5.1||Intel Wi-Fi 6 2×2 AX200, Bluetooth 5.1|
|battery||90 Wh||46 hours||46 hours|
|Starting price||USD 2,149.00||USD 799.00||USD 999.00|
|Availability||August 2021||August 2021||August 2021|
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 has been internally redesigned to fit the 11th generation Intel Core i9-H series processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB). This is achieved through a new “hybrid cooling” system, which adds a steam chamber in addition to the standard heat pipe. In addition, the laptop draws in cold air through the keyboard, and the gasket still ensures splash-proof. The combination of the fan and keyboard air intake should draw in air from the top and bottom.
Other changes include a 16-inch display with a 16:10 aspect ratio (helping to increase the cooling surface area), options up to 4K, Dolby Vision HDR and touch. The laptop will use Intel’s Wi-Fi 6E technology, but will also support an optional 5G wireless network. There is also a larger 90 watt-hour battery, which Lenovo claims can last 10.7 hours on the MobileMark 2018 battery life benchmark.
Lenovo also changed the angle of the carbon fiber twill to make the lid more stylish.
L series laptops are more affordable. These have been released with Intel, but they are seeing their first release of AMD with these new models. Yoga is a two-in-one product, which happens to be Lenovo’s first Windows 10 convertible equipped with an AMD processor, while the regular L13 is an ordinary clamshell.