New Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops: AMD Ryzen 4000 Pro or Intel 10th Genby Anton Shilov on February 24, 2020 9:00 AM EST
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Lenovo’s ThinkPad T-series are arguably one of the most popular business-class notebooks combining performance and utility. Today, Lenovo introduced its new ThinkPad T14, T14s, and T15 laptops featuring the latest processors from AMD and Intel. Lenovo’s new machines are the first laptops to be announced to have AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Pro-series mobile processors.
The new ThinkPads come in traditional black or silver chassis that pack a 14-inch or a 15.6-inch Full-HD or Ultra-HD display. The most advanced versions feature IPS screens with 500 nits brightness and Dolby Vision HDR support. To complete the multimedia experience, the PCs will come with a Dolby Audio-badged speaker system. The T14s and the T14 are 17.2 and 17.9 mm thick, whereas the T15 has a 19.1 mm z-height.
At the heart of the new ThinkPad laptops are AMD’s Ryzen 4000 Pro CPUs or Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors (some are with vPro technology) paired with up 48 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM as well as up to 2 TB of SSD storage. Premium variants of the ThinkPad T14 and T15 machines will feature NVIDIA’s GeForce MX 330 GPU with 2 GB of memory, whereas the slimmer T14s will rely on Intel’s integrated graphics.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the new ThinkPads feature Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and all the other things you come to expect from a 2020 laptop. Advanced versions of the laptops will come with a 4G/LTE CAT16/CAT9 modems.
The new ThinkPad T will be available in Q2 starting at $849 for a 14-inch model, $1029 for a slimmer 14s version as well as $1079 for a 15.6-inch model.
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Jorgp2 - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkAre they Ice Lake or comet lake?
jeremyshaw - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkVomit Lake.
Santoval - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkThe table above is apparently compiled by Intel, not Lenovo, given that they *hide* whether they use Comet Lake or Ice Lake. Intel calls both "10th Gen", which appears to be a ploy to obscure the type of SoC - at least from the noob buyers. The reason is that Intel has fabbed very few Ice Lake parts. They're literally the tip of the iceberg of the "10th Gen" laptops.
However, since we are not noobs, we can infer that all three laptops are Comet Lake based. T14 & T15 need to be paired with the MX330 GPU, which means they have a weak iGPU, ergo the UHD 6xx crap Comet Lake and everything since Skylake has had.
T14s just doesn't have the MX330. We know that because all three laptops have DDR4 memory instead of LPDDR4. That's because Comet Lake does not support LPDDR4, while Ice Lake does. There would be absolutely no reason, and a whole lot of battery waste, to pair Ice Lake with DDR4 in a laptop.
Finally, all Ice Lake laptops have 2 Thunderbolt ports, not just 1. These are some clues that I picked with a quick look. I'm sure there are more.
hubick - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkActually, Ice Lake has integrated CPU support for up to FOUR Thunderbolt ports, all at full bandwidth (not shared like when using a separate Titan Ridge chipset), it's just no PC manufacturers have yet exposed them all :-(
Which is yet another reason it would be a crying shame if these were Ice Lake with only a single TB3 port.
Nozuka - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkNo table for the AMD versions?
yannigr2 - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkThere is a table at notebookcheck. And what i like there is that, with the same battery, both Intel and AMD get the same battery time.
SolarBear28 - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkThat's very encouraging. The T14s might finally deliver an AMD laptop with great battery life.
The Hardcard - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkWill the Ryzens have access to the 500 nit displays? Sure hope these processors are good enough to get manufacturers to attach higher-end components.
quorm - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkLast generation you could eventually get all of the same customization options on the ryzen models, but it took several months after release before they were available on their website, whereas the intel models could be customized from the beginning.
The Hardcard - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkIt’ll also be interesting if Ryzens can get into the. P-series.