Lenovo unveiled today the new ThinkPad X13s, the company’s first Windows on ARM laptop powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip. Windows on ARM PCs have yet to start flying off shelves, but Qualcomm’s latest ARM chip designed for Windows PCs may finally start to move the needle.
According to Lenovo, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 “delivers processing speeds with system-level performance boosts of up to 57% and handles multi-tasking up to 85% faster for incredibly smooth, responsive performance.” Lenovo also promises up to 28 hours of video playback on the ThinkPad X13s, as well as seamless connectivity thanks to Wi-Fi 6E and a built-in 5G modem.
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The ThinkPad X13s will also leverage Qualcomm’s latest chip to provide immersive video and audio experiences for video conferencing in applications like Teams or Zoom. The communication bar at the top of the laptop includes a 5MP camera with AI-based auto framing, an optional infrared camera, as well as triple-array microphones that support noise suppression.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s comes with a lightweight body (2.35 pounds, or 1.06kg) made from 90% certified recycled magnesium, and there’s a 13.3-inch 16:10 display with optional touch and Eyesafe low blue light options. The ThinkPad X13s will launch in the US in May 2022 with a starting price of $1099.00, and we hope to get more details about the specs soon.
If Lenovo is the first PC OEM to announce a new laptop using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, it’s safe to expect that other manufacturers should follow later this year. Lenovo also announced many other new devices today including the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 and updated ThinkPad T series laptops.