Lenovo on Monday introduced its new ThinkPad P1 workstation, which brings together a 4K 15.6-inch display, high performance, and portability. The system can integrate Intel’s latest Core or Xeon processors with up to six cores, NVIDIA’s Quadro discrete graphics, as well as a massive amount of DRAM and solid-state storage. At the same time, the P1 is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops of its class on the market today.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation is based around Intel’s 8th Core i5/i7/i9 or Xeon processor accompanied by up to 64 GB of DDR4-2667 (with or without ECC) and up to 4 TB solid-state storage. It is noteworthy that Lenovo uses user-upgradeable SO-DIMM memory modules, not soldered-down chips, like many other PC makers do with ultra-thin laptops. When it comes to graphics, models with discrete GPU  feature NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 or P2000. Cheaper versions could potentially rely on Intel’s UHD 620 iGPU, but Lenovo is not announcing any such products today.

Lenovo intends to offer two display options with its ThinkPad P1. The more advanced SKUs are outfitted with a multitouch 15.6-inch 10-bit IPS LCD with a 4K Ultra-HD (3840×2160) resolution, a 400 nits brightness, and covering 100% of the AdobeRGB color gamut. The more affordable models will come with a non-touch Full-HD (1920×1080) IPS panel featuring a 300 nits brightness and covering 100% of the sRGB color range.

Moving on to connectivity. On the wireless side of things, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 has Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution featuring up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0 tech. As for hardware interfaces, the ThinkPad P1 is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports (unknown controller), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors, a mini GbE header (requires a dongle), an HDMI 2.0 output, an optional smart card reader, a 4-in-1 card reader, a webcam, a fingerprint scanner, and a TRRS audio port.

When it comes to design, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 takes a lot of pages from the popular ThinkPad X1 Carbon series. It also comes in black carbon fiber chassis that is rugged enough to take bumps of everyday use by a road warrior. Lenovo says that the new ThinkPad P1 can withstand cold, heat, humid, dust, fungus (ed: !), shocks and other harsh environments, just like its smaller brother. Besides, the two flagship ThinkPads also have similar ergonomic keyboards.

Usage of carbon fiber enables Lenovo to make the laptop thinner and lighter than most 15.6-inch notebooks available today: it is just 17.8 mm (0.7 inch) thick and it weighs 1.7 kg (3.76 pounds). When compared to the latest MacBook Pro 15.6-inch, the latter will be thinner (at 15.5 mm/0.61 inch), but heavier (at 1.83 kg/4.02 pounds). Meanwhile, the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 is both thicker (18.9 mm/0.74 inch) and heavier (1.86 kg/4.1 lbs) that the new ThinkPad P1.

All ThinkPad P1 models will come equipped with an 80 Wh battery, but the company does not disclose their battery life, possibly because there will be too many different configurations. It is noteworthy that Lenovo bundles a special miniature 135 W charger with a proprietary connection with the P1, and the laptop cannot use USB-C for charging.

Lenovo will begin to ship the ThinkPad P1 in late August, prices will start at $1,949.

Lenovo's ThinkPad P1
  ThinkPad P1 FHD ThinkPad P1 4K UHD
Display Type  IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness 300 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Color Gamut ~100% sRGB 100% AdobeRGB
Touch No Yes
CPU Intel's 8th Generation Core i5/i7/i9 or Xeon processors with six cores.
Select SKUs will be powered by vPro-enabled CPUs
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (GP107GL, 640 SPs)
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 (GP106GL, 1024 SPs)
RAM up to 64 GB DDR4-2667
with or without ECC, depending on CPU
Storage up to 4 TB PCIe SSD with RAID 0/RAID 1
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless AC-9560 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with up to 1.73 Gbps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
Thunderbolt 2 × USB Type-C TB3 ports
USB 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
GbE Native, with a dongle
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Webcam 720p webcam
720p webcam with IR for Windows Hello
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, joystick, trackpad, card reader, optional smart card reader, etc.
Battery 80 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 18.4 mm | 0.7 inch
Width 361.8 mm | 14.2 inch
Depth 245.7 mm | 9.7 inch
Weight 1.7 kilograms | 3.76 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Pro for Workstations (with Xeon CPUs only)
Windows 10 Pro
Ubuntu Linux (pre-load)
Redhat Linux (certified)
ISV Certifications ArcGIS, AutoCAD, CATIA, Creo, Inventor, Microstation, NX, PDMS, Revit, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Vectorworks

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  • bemymonkey - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    As a current owner of a Thinkpad with the rectangular format power jack who's gone from small-barrel (X40/41) to large barrel (X200/201/220, T400/510/520) to large barrel with rectangular format adapter and rectangular format native... good God was I looking forward to everything getting USB-C for charging.

    I don't care if the battery drains during 100% load plugged-in use if I connect a weak charger - I still want the option to charge the damned thing with a phone charger over night if I have to. Lighter use shouldn't be an issue anyway - not like I'm rendering 24/7. I'd be surprised if my desktop PC draws more than 100W on average during dev work.
  • nimi - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    I just want to appreciate the fact that they've designed it so that there are no exhaust vents on either side of the laptop, and that most of the I/O are on the left side, and the remaining I/O's on the right side are near the back. Finally got it right, no trade off between scorching heat when using a mouse, or having USB drives or whatever devices you have connected to be protruding from the right and interfering with the mouse hand.
  • Teckk - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    Why no touch on the FHD option? A 2K screen would be a good option, laptops don't come in that resolution?
  • iwod - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    Price Starts at $1,949

    Starts? That is assuming the FHD, Core i5, UHD Graphics 620, 8 or 16GB DDR Ram without ECC will cost that much?

    This is beyond Apple level expensive.
  • Narg - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    I don't know anyone that would want a 15.6" laptop without a number pad. Bad design Lenovo.
  • evilspoons - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    Me... I hate them cramming the numpad in the side, since I never use it and it offsets the entire keyboard. I don't even have a numpad on my desktop keyboard. I vastly prefer the layout the've gone with here, especially since it centres the touchpad and allows the keys to be the "proper" size.
  • snake2332 - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    You must not know many people, haha! About half the IT people I know prefer centered keyboard and have no need for a 10-key.
  • NICOXIS - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    I'm interested in seeing what kind of cooling solution they implemented here. Quadro P2000 seems to be based on the GTX 1060 but with fewer SPs and lower clocks but still pretty powerful for such a thin laptop.
  • snake2332 - Monday, August 13, 2018 - link

    Guessing this laptop will throttle under load if you get a high-end CPU and the P2000. There isn't a slim laptop in the world that can cool well enough to handle full load on 7th-gen and newer i7/Xeon CPU's and 40W+ GPU's.
  • NICOXIS - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - link

    I agree, I was just wondering how good is it in relation to its thinness. The T480 with eGPU has a nice dual heatpipe cooling system for example.

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