Lenovo just unveiled a complete update to the ThinkPad line of business notebooks with the ThinkPad X270, ThinkPad Yoga 370, ThinkPad 13, four new ThinkPad T Series notebooks and two new ThinkPad L Series notebooks before the start of CES in January. All of the new ThinkPads will feature the new Microsoft Precision TouchPad designed to offer a more consistent user experience.
ThinkPad X270: Portable Powerhouse
The ThinkPad X270 (starting at $909) is a 12.5-inch business laptop optimized for exceptional battery life. Lenovo claims the new X270 will deliver more than “20 hours of run time” due to its “dual configurable battery architecture.” In other words, the X270 features two removable batteries and each battery is available in a standard 3-cell (23Wh) capacity and the rear battery is also available in two varieties of 6-cell extended life capacities (48Wh or 72Wh).
This durable Mil-Spec system weighs in at 2.9 3 lbs. and measures 12.02 x 8.2 x 0.79 inches. Despite the compact chassis the X270 features a wide range of ports including USB Type-C, two full-size USB 3.0 ports, one “always on” USB 3.0 port, a 4-in-1 SD card reader, HDMI, Ethernet, a headphone/mic jack and a Smart Card Reader.
The 12.5-inch IPS display will be available in HD and FHD standard screens as well as a FHD touch screen option.
ThinkPad Yoga 370: 2-in-1 for all
The new ThinkPad Yoga 370 (starting at $1,264) features a 13.3-inch touch display with 1080p resolution as well as an integrated pen and Thunderbolt 3 support. The system will feature the latest Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 620, and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
This new design for ThinkPad’s 2-in-1 series features the iconic 360-degree Yoga hinge and Lift n’ Lock Keyboard to prevent damage to the keyboard when the screen in flipped into tablet or stand modes. The system retains the traditional ThinkPad Mil-Spec certification while still being less than 18mm thin and weighing just 3.17 pounds. Lenovo claims the ThinkPad Yoga 370 will deliver 10 hours of battery life from its 6-cell (51Wh) battery.
ThinkPad 13: Affordable Business Portable
The ThinkPad 13 (starting at $674) delivers Mil-Spec durability balanced with mobility and productivity at a value price. This 13.3-inch notebook features a Full HD touch display, PCIe NVMe SSD options, and will be available starting in January of 2017.
Available in either classic black or silver, the system sports the familiar ThinkPad keyboard along with USB Type-C charging.
ThinkPad T Series: The Once and Future King
The all new T Series comes in three varies of business Ultrabooks with 14-inch displays and one new 15-inch system as well.
The ThinkPad T470 ($914) measures just 20mm thin and weighs less than 3.5 pounds. Lenovo is hoping to position the T470 as the standard 14-inch workhorse of business laptop deployments complete with the security and management features in addition to Mil-Spec certification. This model also adds Nvidia GeForce 940MX discrete graphics, a Thunderbolt port and touch fingerprint reader and IR camera to enable Windows Hello login. Lenovo claims battery life can be configured to 18 hours.
The ThinkPad T470s ($1099) is an even thinner and lighter Ultrabook for working professionals who demand to travel light. The 14-inch T470s provides more than 10 hours of battery life in addition to all the standard security , manageability and Mil-Spec features. This notebook also adds a Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port and is available in both black and silver color options starting in February.
The ThinkPad T470p ($1049) features the latest generation Intel Core processors and up to 32GB of DDR4 system RAM. The system is also equipped with Nvidia GeForce 940MX discrete graphics (2GB GDDR5). Backed by MIL-SPEC durability and extended docking options the T470p weighs in around 4 lbs. and can deliver 12 hours of battery life with the optional 6-cell 72Whr battery.
The ThinkPad T570 ($909) is a 15.6-inch notebook designed for a workforce that spends more time tied to a desk. Although the screen is larger than the 14-inch notebooks in the T Series, the T570 is thinner and lighter than the previous generation 15-inch T Series notebooks and features a 4K IPS display option. This model also includes a Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port and touch fingerprint reader with IR camera to enable Windows Hello login.
ThinkPad L Series: Business Quality, Mainstream Prices
The 14-inch ThinkPad L470 ($779) and 15-inch ThinkPad L570 ($909) are both built to offer a wide range of performance in an equally wide range of configurations for businesses that need a variety of solutions packed into notebooks that are easy for IT to manage and deploy.
The L470 weighs in at 4.23 pounds and provides 12 hours of battery life with switchable AMD graphics. The L570 weighs 5.25 pounds and is available with both a standard HD (1366 x 768) TN display and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display. Both the L470 and L570 will be available in March.