Lenovo Announces New ThinkPads

Posted on February 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 8 Comments

Lenovo today announced new ThinkPad T- and L-series portable PCs, plus completely redesigned ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga PCs, a new ThinkPad P-series portable workstation, and a ThinkVision P40w-20 professional display.

“The new ThinkPad laptops offer customer choice to select the most appropriate configuration for their needs,” the Lenovo announcement notes. “Select models are available in black or storm grey with options including 11th-generation Intel Core vPro processors or the latest AMD Ryzen 5000-series mobile processors.”

There’s a lot going on here, but I was particularly interested in two data points Lenovo provided in a briefing last week: The firm, which is the world’s biggest maker of PCs, sells more ThinkPads than it does other brands of PCs. And within the ThinkPad brand, the T- and X-series represent about 50 percent of all unit sales.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new.

ThinkPad T-series. The ThinkPad T14 and T14s are available in both Intel and AMD variants, while the T15s comes in Intel. They each provide Wi-Fi 6 with optional 5G, a FIPS-201 compliant fingerprint reader, 16:9 displays, black and storm gray color choices, new user-facing stereo Dolby Audio speakers, Full HD webcams, and Human Presence Detection capabilities. The T15s adds a numeric keyboard, optional NVIDIA MX450 graphics, and an optional 600 nit 4K Dolby Vision display. The new T-series debut between March and May, depending on model, and start at $1159.

ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga. The ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga both feature new 16:10 displays with minimal bezels, wider and smoother touchpads, and a combo fingerprint reader/power buttons. Each can be had with Intel processors, while the X13 is also available in AMD. Each features Wi-Fi 6 and optional 5G, Full HD displays (and, on the X13, HD displays), Dolby Audio speakers, and Human Presence Detection (on Intel models). The X13 is available in both black and storm gray colors and a larger battery than before. The new X13 and X13 Yoga debut between March and April, depending on model, and start at $1299.

ThinkPad L14 and L15. The L-series is the most affordable family of ThinkPads, and the new L14 and L15 come in both Intel and AMD variants, offering UHD, Iris Xe, and MX450 graphics options, Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, HD or HD hybrid IR webcams, and Dolby Audio. The new L-series debut in May and start at $689.

ThinkPad P14s, P14, and P15s. Lenovo’s new mobile workstations come in both Intel and AMD variants and provide up to NVIDIA T500 graphics, Wi-Fi 6, up to 4×4 MIMO CAT16 4G, HD or HD hybrid IR webcams, Dolby Audio with user-facing stereo speakers, and color-accurate X-Rite factory color calibration. The new P-series workstations debut between March and May, depending on model, and start at $1169.

ThinkVision P40w. Described as the world’s first Intel AMT-capable Thunderbolt 4 monitor, the P40w is a 39.7-inch curved ultra-wide and nearly bezel-less (on three sides) display with a resolution of 5120 x 2160, Natural Low Blue Light technology, and 12-port USB-C docking capabilities. The P40w debuts in June and will cost $1699.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Lenovo Announces New ThinkPads”

  1. jimchamplin

    That screen is fire.

  2. bluvg

    "Full HD displays (and, on the X13, HD displays)"

    1080p vs 720p? I can't imagine they're putting in a 720p display, though. But I think HD would be the wrong terminology with 16:10 anyway? Really, really happy to see they're finally moving away from 16:9!

  3. JE

    Monitor looks great, but the laptops do not make me regret recently buying the spectre 360 14”. It is spectacular.

  4. tomb1776

    Hmm wondering if they are still soldering memory in the T14* :(

  5. mattbg

    The P40w also has an integrated KVM. Glad to see this becoming a common feature. It's amazing to connect your laptop to your monitor with one USB-C cable and get power, display, keyboard, and mouse.

    I used to have to be selective with my monitors to find the specific model that had it. At one time only NEC had it. Now Dell and (I think) LG have some options. Lenovo's monitors are ugly but at least it's a new choice!

    • hal9000

      In reply to mattbg:

      Yep, I bought a ThinkVision P32u specifically for this feature. My mac is hooked up via Thunderbolt, my PC via DisplayPort + USB, and I can switch video+usb input with the press of a button. Very convenient, and very few monitors have this feature.