Highlights of the 2018 ThinkPad T, X and L portfolio include:
- Thinner and Lighter designs with 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors across the line-up
- Broader support of Facial Recognition for Windows Hello
- Introduces ThinkShutter physical webcam cover for camera security confidence
- Brand-new L Series embraces Yoga design and 13” displays
- Universal USB Type-C power adapters across all ThinkPad models
- New mechanical Side Docking option for ubiquitous compatibility and key-lock security
- In addition, new ThinkVision displays create productive desktop experiences and new Lenovo Tablet 10 built for vertical solutions
Let’s look at the Lenovo ThinkPad portfolio for 2018:
ThinkPad X Series – Full Performance, Yoga Flexibility and Compact Design
- ThinkPad X280
The smallest premium ThinkPad gets a radical treatment and it becomes much thinner. With a thickness of 20.3 mm and a weight of 1,37 kg, the X270 was a bit of a tubby in this age of ultra-thin notebooks. The new X280 starts at 1.16 kg and is just 17.4 to 17.8 mm thick. In general, the newly designed chassis does look much more modern and aggressive than the blocky exterior of its predecessor. The X280 now looks much more similar to the X1 Carbon.
The X270 still had a traditional 2.5″ HDD/SSD slot, something most Ultrabooks have dropped years ago. The X280 uses M.2 SSDs instead. In a similar move, Lenovo drops the single RAM slot in favor of up to 16 GB of soldered RAM. Nonetheless, the X280 should be the fasted traditional X series ThinkPad ever, thanks to the newest 15 W Quad-Core CPUs from Intel like the Core i7-8650U. Meanwhile, the display-options stay the same as with last years X270: A 12.5 inch IPS panel with up to Full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) with touch being optional.
The new X280 will hit the market in January, starting at 999 US-Dollars.
- ThinkPad X380 Yoga
The Yoga series, which once included three different size classes (Yoga 12, Yoga 14, Yoga 15), is history. Instead it seems like Lenovo will just do Yoga-Convertible-variants of the other ThinkPad subseries, such as the L380 Yoga. In the same vein, the last stand-alone ThinkPad Yoga, the ThinkPad Yoga 370, is succeeded by the X380 Yoga.
As the other 8th gen ThinkPads announced at the CES, the X380 Yoga will be available in January, with a base-price of 1,459 US-Dollar.
ThinkPad T Series – Perfected Corporate Workhorse
- ThinkPad T480s
The new T480s had 14-inch display. The ThinkPad T480s has an integrated battery that runs for up to 13.5 hours, but weighs 2.9 pounds or 1.3 kg. T480s is available with either integrated Intel UHD 620 or Nvidia GeForce MX150 discrete graphics. Available in January, the ThinkPad T480 starts at $989.
- ThinkPad T480
The new ThinkPad T480s had 14-inch display. The ThinkPad T480 has dual batteries (one removable, one internal) for up to 14.5 hours of battery life, but you pay the price in weight: 3.5 pounds or 1.6 kg. T480 is available with either integrated Intel UHD 620 or Nvidia GeForce MX150 discrete graphics. The T480s coming in at $1,269.
- ThinkPad T580
The T580 is essentially a 15-inch version of the T480. However, that larger body allows for larger dual batteries (again, one integrated and one removable) that Lenovo says will let this thing run for up to 27 hours. The T580 starts at $1,079.
ThinkPad L Series – Versatile Business Machines, Exceptional Value
- ThinkPad L380 Yoga
The ThinkPad L380 Yoga has a 13-inch semi-glare screen with an integrated Digitizer for a pen. As a Yoga Convertible, the display can be opened to the full 360 degree. The L380 Yoga is much more expensive with a starting price of $1049.
- ThinkPad L380
The L380 had 13.3 inch IPS-screen with a Full-HD resolution and Touch-capability. The L380 has a normal matte screen. Internally, the new 13 inch ThinkPads are equipped with a pretty standard set of components for this class of laptop: Up to 512 GB SSDs and up to 32 GB RAM (2 DIMM slots) are combined with the Intel Core i CPUs of the “Kaby Lake Refresh” generation, with vPro being optional. The 45 Wh battery is internal/sealed and its supposed to recharge faster thanks to Rapidcharge.
- ThinkPad L480
The L480 weights 1.68 instead of 1.91 kg. Apart from the obligatory change to the newest Intel Core i CPUs (Kaby Lake Refresh), L480 and L580 feature up to 32 GB of RAM (2 DIMM slots), 512 GB PCIe SSDs or 1 to 2 TB HDDs and an optional AMD Radeon 530 GPU. Lenovo offers a few different display choices: Both are available with basic TN-LCDs with the HD resolution (1,366 x 768), which should be avoided at all cost. The better option is a Full-HD screen (1,920 x 1,080) based on IPS technology. Touch is optional for this screen on the smaller L480.
- ThinkPad L580
The L580 weights 2 instead of 2.38 kg. The L580 especially gets a much thinner chassis, as its being transformed from a traditional laptop into an Ultrabook: Its just 22 mm thick instead of 30 mm like the L570. This naturally means that the DVD drive had to be dropped. But not only that: Both ThinkPads drop the external, easily swappable battery for an internal 45 Wh battery with Rapidcharge, Lenovo’s quickcharge-feature. Still, having USB C at all represents progress, as the older L series did not feature the new universal standard. Another generational change: The VGA-port is removed in favor of HDMI. Additionally, Lenovo replaced the SD-card-slot with a slot for MicroSD-cards, a current trend in the laptop market.
Lenovo Tablet 10 – Compact, Tough and Secure Detachable
- New detachable powered by Intel® Celeron® N Series processors designed to benefit vertical applications such as healthcare and retail
- Featuring fingerprint reader and discrete Trusted Platform Module for business-class protection
- Integrated rechargeable pen, up to 9 hours of battery life1 and Wireless WAN enhance the detachable users’ experience
- Lenovo Tablet 10 will be available from January 2018, starting price will be available shortly.