Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Portable Workstations

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile, Windows 10 with 3 Comments

Today at its NXT BLD conference in London, Lenovo announced its latest generation of portable workstations, the ThinkPad P-series.

“At Lenovo, our goal is for our industry-leading workstations to power your workflow anytime, anywhere,” the firm notes in a press release. “With the new ThinkPad P Series portfolio, we’re giving our customers access to the next generation of mobile workstation power, wherever their work takes them.”

As you might expect, the ThinkPad P-series combines the looks and functionality of Lenovo’s industry-best ThinkPad lineup—or as Lenovo puts it, “legendary engineering know-how, reliability and security”—with the horsepower and functionality required by portable workstation users. That is, the PC in the ThinkPad P-series look like other ThinkPads. But they’re a lot more powerful, especially as you move up through the product family.

For 2019, Lenovo is introducing five new ThinkPad portable workstations, the ThinkPad P73, ThinkPad P53, ThinkPad P1 (generation 2), ThinkPad P53s, and ThinkPad P43s. Here’s a quick rundown.

ThinkPad P73. The behemoth in the lineup provides a 17.3-inch Dolby Vision 4K UHD display, the latest Intel Xeon and Core processors, and powerful NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics. The big news? The power supply is 35 percent smaller, which you’ll only find funny if you never used one of these beasts. Pricing starts at $1850 and sales start in August.

ThinkPad P53. Described as Lenovo’s most powerful 15-inch portable workstation, the ThinkPad P53 provides the fastest Intel Xeon and 9th generation Core CPUs (up to 8 cores, and including the Core i9), up to 128 GB of RAM, up to 6 TB of storage, and NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics with RT and Tensor cores for real-time ray tracing and AI acceleration. The P53 will be available in July starting at $1800.

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2. The new ThinkPad P1 is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch workstation at 3.74 pounds and 17.2 mm thin. It ships with the latest NVIDIA Quadro Turing T1000 and T2000 GPUs, 8-core Intel 9th generation Xeon and Core CPUs, and an OLED Touch display with Dolby Vision HDR. It arrives at the end of June and starts at $1950.

ThinkPad P53s. Lenovo’s entry-level 15-inch portable workstation comes with the latest NVIDIA Quadro graphics and Intel Core processors and is aimed at highly mobile entry-professionals, educators and students. It arrives in June and starts at $1500.

ThinkPad P43s. Lenovo’s smallest portable workstation is basically a 14-inch version of the P43 and it comes with the same options and targets the same markets. It arrives in July and will start at $1500.

You can learn more about the ThinkPad P-series from the Lenovo website.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Lenovo Announces New ThinkPad Portable Workstations”

  1. Pierre Masse

    Those things are expensive. I should have listen to my mother and go to college. Oh, right. I did.

  2. docpaul

    I love ThinkPads!

    Off topic, does anyone know how Lenovo's gaming laptops' keyboards compare to ThinkPads'?

    • wright_is

      In reply to DocPaul:

      In which way? They aren't as flexible, processor and RAM wise, they have consumer graphic chips, not professional graphic chips. They are built around the IdeaPad line, so not as premium, but still good.

      It is like comparing a Focus RS with an F150 Raptor, both are good, but aimed at different audiences.

      I used a 17" gaming Lenovo laptop at my previous employer, it was great, if a little big and heavy. It was overkill for what I needed, but was a hand-me-down. I now have a ThinkPad T480, great, compact and lightweight, but not as powerful (not a P-Series).

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