Lenovo Offers New ThinkPads, ThinkBooks, and More at MWC

With MWC inexplicably underway in Barcelona, Lenovo is announcing an incredible range of new PCs, Chromebooks, and other devices.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’ll focus on the most important announcements and link to the rest. Starting, of course, with Lenovo’s first ThinkPad powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform, the ThinkPad X13s, which Laurent already covered.

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But there’s more. Including:

ThinkBook 14s Yoga Gen 2 and ThinkBook 13s Gen 4 i laptops. Continuing the ThinkBook design trend with two-tone color highlights and anodized aluminum exteriors, these new PCs are powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors, Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6Es, and optional Full HD webcams. You can learn more here.

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5. Lenovo’s newest high-end X1 is powered by up to the latest Intel vPro with 12th Gen Intel Core i9 H-series processors, the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM, and optional dual Solid-State Drives (SSD) supporting up to 8 TB of storage. They also include Dolby Voice with AI noise cancellation and an optional WQXGA 165 Hz refresh rate display with low blue light. You can learn more here.

ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and P14s Gen 3. Lenovo’s newest portable workstation offers the latest Intel Core processors, NVIDIA T550 professional graphics, a wider touchpad, all-day battery, an upgraded Full HD webcam, blue light reduction, X-Rite factory color calibration, and a new thin and light 16-inch chassis with a 16:10 aspect ratio display Both will be available in black or an aluminum storm grey cover. You can learn more here.

New ThinkPad T series. Lenovo’s workhorse T-series is getting 16:10 aspect ratio displays with low blue light technology, Full HD camera options, Dolby Audio speaker systems, Dolby Voice support, and Wi-Fi 6E. The ThinkPad T16 and updated ThinkPad T14s Gen 3 and T14 Gen 3 can be had with 12th Gen Intel Core processors with optional Intel vPro technology or the latest AMD Ryzen PRO 6000 Series processors for mobile with the Microsoft Pluton security processor. You can learn more here.

IdeaPad Chromebooks for consumers. Lenovo has also announced three Chromebooks, the new IdeaPad Flex 5i Chromebook (14-inch display), the 2-in-1 IdeaPad Flex 3i Chromebook (15-inch display), and IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook (11-inch display). They offer a mix of processor types and other specifications, and capabilities. You can learn more here.

There’s a lot more, of course, but Lenovo provides a nice overview to their MWC announcements here.

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  • VMax

    Premium Member
    28 February, 2022 - 9:12 am

    <p>X1 Extreme Gen5!?! I bought an X1 Extreme Gen3 about 8 months ago with a great discount, knowing the Gen4 was about to become available. Trouble is, my old W520 is still going so strong I haven’t even really switched over to the X1E3 yet, and now the Gen5 is out. Ah well, I suppose "my 10 year old laptop is somehow still not rubbish" is not such a bad problem to have.</p>

    • IanYates82

      Premium Member
      28 February, 2022 - 3:49 pm

      <p>I had a W500 – great laptop. Have been through a lot of ones in the interim with the most recent being an X1 extrame gen 2. That was bought around June 2020 so i was very surprised to see a gen 5 here. I suppose by the time it’s out, 2 years will have passed, and I bought the gen 2 at a good discount, which in hindsight was probably because the gen 3 was on its way </p><p><br></p><p>I switched to a desktop for most work late last year and it has been a lot faster. Heat management and throttling have often been a problem for my laptop. And yesterday when I did have to use it to present at a virtual conference, Edge kept using the Intel GPU rather than the discrete nVidia one. Could watch it in task manager spike the GPU to 100% every so often and freeze me for a few seconds. I played with the GPU preference settings after the conference – maybe that’ll help force edge (and other apps) over to the discrete one. Was kinda disappointed in that behaviour (plugged in, freshly restarted, GPU whatevers all at defaults etc) </p>

  • JH_Radio

    Premium Member
    28 February, 2022 - 10:55 am

    <p>My newest laptop baught what. 5 years ago now? is the Lenovo 4th generation X1 Carbon, Core I7 6600U 2.6 Ghz, 512 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM and works perfect! as does my older laptops…. so no reason for me to upgrade anything.</p><p>but when I do have to upgrade, its interesting seeing these new core processors go hybrid big.little.</p><p>The thing for me, U series would work fine but you can’t get them with duel drives, yet.</p><p>However now you can get them with more than 512 GB.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • ianbetteridge

      01 March, 2022 - 11:53 am

      <p>I have the previous (Gen 9) X1 Carbon and it’s a delightful machine. I maxed it out with a 1Tb SSD and 32Gb of RAM and it’s great – I would definitely recommend getting one when you finally decide to upgrade. </p>

  • thewarragulman

    Premium Member
    01 March, 2022 - 1:06 am

    <p>Finally ThinkPads are starting to look good again, which makes me happy as a die-hard ThinkPad fan, my first laptop and many of the others I’ve owned over the years have been ThinkPads, though since about 2018 or so I haven’t been impressed and have looked elsewhere, and ended up with a 2016 MacBook Pro and a used Surface Laptop 1 (which I bought as a spare device but ended up loving it enough to use it over my MacBook).</p><p><br></p><p>Looking to replace both this year as they’re several years old now, and consolidate back to one laptop. I like to buy laptops used when they’re about two years old and keep them for about four or so years as that usually allows me to get a good deal but get a good useful life out of them. However I’m seriously considering buying new this time around, last time I had a brand new laptop was in 2012. The new X13s looks awesome, the form factor reminds me of my Surface Laptop but I wish it was x86 and not ARM, because I need to run virtual machines for work purposes. If they come out with an x86 variant, especially an AMD Ryzen version, Lenovo will have my money this year.</p>

  • solomonrex

    01 March, 2022 - 11:06 am

    <p>They might be stretching the brand a little bit far. Sure, ‘Thinkpad’ really means ‘Lenovo that doesn’t suck’ but a gaming Thinkpad? Chromebook Thinkpad? Tablet Thinkpad? It seems like a lot.</p>

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