Slim, Powerful, Aggressive Pricing: New Lenovo ThinkPad X13by Anton Shilov on February 24, 2020 10:00 AM EST
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Known for its light weight and portability, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 also happens to be a halo product with a price to match. Demand for ultra-portable notebooks is high these days, so Lenovo has developed its ThinkPad X13, something that combines portability of a laptop that is up to 16.9 mm thick and 1.3 kilogram heavy (2.85 pounds), along with the performance of Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors, for a price that starts at $849.
Lenovo itself calls its new ThinkPad X13 - which also happens to exist in a hybrid version called ThinkPad X13 Yoga - a ‘premium mobile workhorse’. Housed in a black carbon fiber or carbon fiber with magnesium/aluminum chassis, the ThinkPad X13 can be equipped with a Full-HD (for a long battery life) or an Ultra-HD OLED touch-enabled display panel. Customers who need privacy can also opt for Lenovo’s Privacy Guard screen with 500 nits brightness.
As noted above, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13 notebooks are based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors with up to six cores and UHD Graphics. Depending on configuration, the laptops may be equipped with 4 GB – 32 GB of DDR4 RAM as well as an up to 2 TB SSD.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the new ThinkPad X13 has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-A, microSD, and HDMI. Premium versions will also come equipped with a 4G/LTE CAT16/CAT9 modem.
With its aggressive pricing strategy, Lenovo plans to charge $849 for an entry-level ThinkPad X13 and $1099 for an entry-level convertible ThinkPad X13 Yoga.
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ikjadoon - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkCan we not just write Comet Lake somewhere? The spec-sheet says 6-core, so it's a given.
Intel's marketing team goes gaga*for any news outlet that just says "10th Gen" because that means Intel's PR plan succeeded: "Let's call them both 10th-gen and it'll confuse people that they're paying $$$$ for 14nm again!"
Let the people decide if they want 14nm or 10nm: hiding "6-core" in one line a spec sheet image is just silly.
Santoval - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkBy pretending Comet Lake and Ice Lake are both "10th gen" parts, Intel's marketing team wants buyers to think that they are not particularly different, though they *clearly* are. Quite cunning, and borderline deceptive.
close - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkSounds better than "sort of an 8th gen CPU". I miss the time when AT had the editors to flag this and not just barf the same press releases with no added value compared to any regular ad.
weilin - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkInteresting... I thought one of the key features of Comet Lake was LPDDR4. I wonder why that wasn't utilized... Who doesn't want slightly longer battery life?
Santoval - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkComet Lake does not support LPDDR4, Ice Lake does.
lmcd - Monday, February 24, 2020 - link*Some revisions only, see here:
ikjadoon - Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - linkI'm curious if the K1 stepping (LP4X support) is wholly replacing B0 (original) or we'll have a mix?
I'm lost why they went to *all* the trouble of backporting LPDDR4X to 14nm chips, only to half-heartedly release it. Probably because...this will pay dividends for 14nm well into 2025?
As Ice Lake is cheap enough: a few $400 to $600 laptops are shipping with Ice Lake. See here: https://www.google.com/search?q=i5-1035G1+laptop&a...
Valantar - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkNo mention of the AMD version? Because there is one (not the yoga, just the regular one). A bit of an odd omission.
Also, this model of laptop is hardly "new", it's a refresh of/follow-up to the X390 series. Lenovo is revamping their naming scheme as they had run out of numbers in their previous one. Used to be [letter demarcating series][number demarcating screen size][number demarcating generation]0/5(Intel/AMD). Now it's simplified down to just the letter and screen size.
timecop1818 - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - link"Odd". No, not odd at all. No reputable company wants to invest time/money into developing AMD hardware just to have it discontinued a few months later with "newer" version, and nobody will want to buy the current one. Oh, wait, nobody will want to buy AMD one at all, so that's why they don't do it :)
MarcusMo - Monday, February 24, 2020 - linkCan 16:9 just die please! Especially for convertibles where portrait mode becomes all but unusable.