Lenovo updates its ThinkPad line with brighter screens, larger batteries and LTE options

Kareem Anderson

Lenovo just announced updates to its ThinkPad P Series Mobile workstations that bring more control and more configurations to the SMB crowd.

Some of the latest improvements include new screen sizes, Ultra Performance Modes, the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, rebuilt chassis with up to 30 percent larger CPU heat sinks, and larger battery sizes just to list a few.

For those unaware, Lenovo’s new ThinkPad P series includes the ThinkPad P15, and P17 (successors of the P53 and 73) and the beast ThinkPad P1 Gen 3.

As previously mentioned, Lenovo is priding itself on its redesigned airflow makeup that adds up to 13 percent more airflow for the P15 and P17,  this time around. Leveraging the new airflow design are two other components that should help boost overall productivity from the device that includes a larger CPU heat sink for the devices as wells as Lenovo’s Ultra Performance Mode that allows users to tax the processors more before hitting that fan noise barrier.

As part of a customization initiative, Lenovo also opted for a new daughtercard design for CPU and GPU placement which forgoes the tried and true soldered solutions of the past and allows the company to offer more customized GPU and CPU configurations out of the box. For instance, the ThinkPad P15 and P17 come equipped with NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPU’s but offer support for higher GPU wattage if necessary.

“Professionals across industries require the highest level of power and performance from their mobile workstations to meet the demands of their workflow,” said Sandeep Gupte, senior director of professional visualization, NVIDIA “Powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX, Lenovo is offering a truly customizable and full-powered workstation experience – whether people care on the go or at home.”

Other niceties coming to the P lineup also include new 84WHr batteries, configuration support of up to 4TB of storage, UHD Dolby Vision HDR displays, and a possible 128GB DDR4 memory options for the P15 and P17 devices.

Moving over to the flagship P device in the ThinkPad P1 (the P version of the X1 Extreme) customers will now get a slightly redesigned chassis housing that improves speaker quality, an anti-smudge coating on the cover, and brand new UHD LCD display option that kicks out 600-nits of brightness. There will also be available in select markets, an LTE WAN configuration for remote workers.

Last but not least, Lenovo is tossing in an update to its ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 and ThinkPad P15v device that will offer a 10th Gen Intel processors with support up to i9 options, NVIDIA GeForce 1650Ti or Quadro P629 GPU graphics support, 15 and 15.6-inch displays that also push out their own 600-nits of brightness and optional CAT16 LTE-A Wireless WAN support.

What’s new:

  • All equipped with high-performance 10th Gen Intel H series mobile processors
  • Feature the new Ultra Performance Mode, exclusive to these systems, allowing users to take full control of their performance setting
  • The ThinkPad P15 and P17 (Follow-ons of the P53 and P73) will boast additional shared features – including a new 94WHr battery and up to 4TB of storage, along with up to 128GB DDR4 of memory and UHD Dolby Vision HDR displays
  • The P15v offers increased flexibility within the 15” space. With a UHD 600-nit LCD display and the NVIDIA Quadro P620 GPU
  • X1 Extreme Gen 3 offers new WiFi 6 and optional CAT16 LTE-A Wireless WAN

Most of Lenovo’s latest updates will begin shipping in July at the earliest.

  • The ThinkPad P15 and P17 will be available from July, starting at $1,979 and $2119, respectively.
  • The ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 will be available from July, starting at $2,019
  • The ThinkPad P15v will be available from July, starting at $1,349.