Lenovo set to launch its 2018 portfolio of ThinkPad laptops at CES
CES 2018 is getting closer and closer, but even days before the event, some companies are already giving us a preview of the products they will be launching at the event, with Lenovo being no exception.
The 2018 lineup of ThinkPad laptops includes the X, T, and L series’. They will feature thinner and lighter designs, a physical webcam cover for base-hardware level security, power over USB Type-C, mechanical side docking, and 8th generation Intel Core processors under the hood.
The ThinkPad X Series includes the X280 and X380 Yoga, which on the surface seem to be a pair of ultrabooks intended for mild rugged use, as they feature US Military Standard durability, which a very rare feature to find in mainstream laptops. The X280 boasts a feather-light 2.5 pounds, and a thickness of only 17.4mm. The X380 Yoga includes Active Pen support and security features such as Windows Hello.
Both laptops will feature Rapid Charging, allowing you to achieve 80% battery in 1 hour. Lenovo claims a battery life of up to 16.6 hours for the X280 and 13.6 hours for the X380 Yoga. The ThinkPad X280 starts at $999, while the ThinkPad X380 Yoga starts at $1,459. They will be available starting January 2018.
The ThinkPad T Series is positioned more towards business usage, featuring security features such as IR camera, fingerprint reader, and ThinkShutter Camera privacy, as well as up to 27 hours of battery life.
The Thinkpad T Series includes the T480, T480s, and T580. The T480s boasts a light weight of only 2.9 pounds, and with the T580, you have the option for discrete graphics paired with a UHD display.
The T480 starts at $989, the T480s starts at $1,269, and the T580 starts at $1,079. They will be available starting January 2018.
Next up is the ThinkPad L Series, a bunch of value-oriented ultrabooks that ranges in size from 13-inch to 15-inch. Included in the series are the L380, L380 Yoga, L480, and L580. All feature optional multi-touch displays. The L580 also comes in configurations that sport discrete AMD graphics.
The L380 Yoga starts at $549, L380 starts at $449, L480 starts at $779 and L580 starts at $769. They will be available starting February 2018.
Last up for the laptops is the Lenovo Tablet 10, a detachable that is powered by Intel Celeron N Series processors. It is geared more towards use-cases that would benefit from using a vertical orientation, such as healthcare, retail, and logistics.
It includes an integrated rechargeable pen, features up to 9 hours of battery life, and Wireless WAN. No pricing has been disclosed yet. It will be available starting January 2018. They will be available starting January 2018.
We did mention mechanical docking earlier, which is where the ThinkPad Ultra Docking Station comes into play.
It’s designed specifically for 12, 14, and 15-inch ThinkPad laptops to expand connectivity, as well as add physical lock-and-key security. It comes in three models, the Basic 90W ($199), the Pro 135W ($249), and Ultra 135W ($299).
Aside from the docking station, Lenovo announced two more accessories. This time, we have the ThinkVision X24 and P32u, lightweight monitors designed to be paired with ThinkPad laptops.
The former is a 24-inch FHD IPS display the features wide viewing angles and 96% sRGB color gamut.
The latter is a 32-inch UHD display that features multiple color space capability, as well as Thunderbolt 3 I/O which allows for daisy-chaining. The ThinkVision X24 is priced at $249, while the ThinkPad P32U is priced at $1,349. The former will be available in January 2018, while the latter will be available starting March 2018.
That is certainly a handful of promising ThinkPad laptops and their corresponding accessories, and we are definitely very excited to see all of these come CES 2018, where Lenovo will unveil them and give us full details. Stay tuned.