Category: Laptops

Lenovo has revealed a revamp of some of its most popular laptops, with the ThinkPad T, X, and L Series adding 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and WiFi 6 support to road-warrior-ready chassis. In addition there are features like Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision, together with Wake on Voice and optional embedded 4G LTE WWAN.

Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s and T15

Mainstays of the range, and no strangers to the bags and briefcases of many a pro, the ThinkPad T14, T14s, and T15 now get their pick of Intel’s 10th Gen Core i5, i7, and i5 and i7 vPro. The T14s pairs that with Intel Integrated Graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage.

Its 14-inch display can be had in Full HD, Full HD touchscreen, 400 nit low-power, 500 nit touch with privacy, and finally 4K UHD IPS. There’s a 57 Whr battery, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, two USB-C – one of which being a Thunderbolt – microSD, HDMI 1.4, and an audio jack. Lenovo also adds two far-field microphones, WiFi 6 2×2 (AX), and optional LTE.

The new ThinkPad T14 adds NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics with 2GB of memory. It can have up to 48GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory, and has a 50 Whr battery. Along with the same display options for the T14s, there’s an HD TN panel, and a 4K UHD IPS panel with Dolby Vision. Lenovo throws in an ethernet port, too.

Finally, the ThinkPad T15 has a choice of 15.6-inch Full HD, Full HD touch, or 4K IPS Dolby Vision displays, and the same GeForce GPU as the T14. It, too, can be equipped with up to 48GB of memory and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. The battery clocks in at 57 Whr, and there’s a separate numeric keypad.

The ThinkPad T14 will be priced from $849, the ThinkPad T14s from $1,029, and the ThinkPad T15 from $1,079. All three will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga

Smaller, and more easily carried than the T Series, the ThinkPad X13 and X13 Yoga have a 13.3-inch display as the naming suggests. On the X13, that can be had in HD, Full HD, Full HD touch, or Full HD Privacy Guard forms, and is powered by Intel Integrated Graphics along with the 10th Gen Intel Core i3 through to i7 vPro chips.

There’s up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage. Lenovo squeezes in a 48 Whr battery, plus two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, two USB-C – one of which being a Thunderbolt – microSD, HDMI 1.4, and an audio jack. vPro models get WiFi 6, and LTE is optional.

As for the ThinkPad X13 Yoga, that adds a 4K OLED display option, along with a Full HD anti-glare option. It tops out at 16GB of memory, but has a slightly larger battery, at 50 Whr. There are the same ports, and the same 2.85 pound weight, too, with Lenovo using a carbon fiber hybrid material for the chassis.

The ThinkPad X13 will go on sale from $849, while the ThinkPad X13 Yoga will be priced from $1,099. Both will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Lenovo ThinkPad L14, L15, L13 and L13 Yoga

More affordable, but still hitting the same 12 Mil-Spec top level tests and 22 subtest procedures – including cold, heat, vibration, humidity, shock, altitude, radiation, dust, and others – the ThinkPad L14, L15, L13 and L13 Yoga can still be had with WiFi 6 and integrated WWAN. They’re thinner and lighter than before, too, and the 14-inch model can be had with an aluminum top cover. All offer 10th Gen Intel Core i3 through to i7 vPro processors – the L14 can get a Premium 6405U, too, while the L15 has a Celeron 5205U option – with the L14 and L15 offering up to 32GB of memory and the L13 and L13 Yoga topping out at 16GB.

Storage is up to 2TB of HDD or 1TB of PCIe SSD on the L14 and L15; the L13 and L13 Yoga only offer SSD storage. All four systems use Intel Integrated Graphics. The L14 and L15 have 45 Whr batteries; the L13 and L13 Yoga have 46 Whr batteries.

For ports, the ThinkPad L14 and L15 have two USB 3.1 Gen 1, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, a USB-C Gen 2, microSD, audio, ethernet, and HDMI 1.4. The ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga have two USB 3.1, two USB-C, audio, and microSD, plus HDMI. WiFi 6 is available on the L14 and L15, and the vPro configurations of the L13 and L13 Yoga. Embedded LTE is offered on the L14 and L15.

The ThinkPad L13 will start from $649, while the ThinkPad L13 Yoga will start at $799. The ThinkPad L14 will start at $649, as will the ThinkPad L15. All four will go on sale from Q2 2020.

Waiting in the wings: a ThinkPad AMD option

Right now, Lenovo is baking Intel processors into its new ThinkPad models. That won’t always be the case, however. The company has confirmed that it will be offering the AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile processors in the ThinkPad T14s, T14, X13, L14, and L15 notebooks.

That’ll make Lenovo the first PC vendor to offer the new CPUs, it points out. Full configuration details for those AMD-powered machines will be coming at a later date, Lenovo says, as will pricing and availability.

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Laptops have a new look for the new decade. CES 2020 introduced us to a handful of new foldable laptops. And yes, while laptops already fold, many of these concepts feature bending screens or dual-screen devices held together with a hinge. We really should’ve seen this coming, given the rise of folding phones in 2019.

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Given its timing, CES is often an auspicious opportunity for companies to start the year right with their best foot forward. Sometimes, it involves revealing things yet to come while other times it revolves around strengthening existing products. At CES 2020, Honor sort of did both. It showcased the MagicWatch 2, the Band 5, and the MagicBook alongside a new Band 5 Sport, the latter two slated for a global launch really soon.

The newest addition to Honor’s wearable portfolio is the Honor 5 Sport which, as the name clearly implies, takes after the Honor 5. While the latter is made to be a stylish, discreet accessory, the Band 5 Sport is designed not only for the health-conscious but also for the environmentally conscious. Each eco-friendly Honor 5 Sport band is made from the recycled fiber of waste bottles.

Beyond the design, the wearable offers features such as detecting seven types of running data thanks to a six-axis motion tracking sensor. Of course, it can detect all other sorts of sports and activities, including swimming thanks to the 50m water resistance. The Honor Band 5 Sport promises 14 days of use on a single charge with normal use but that’s often a very generous estimate.

Joining it on the CES 2020 showroom floor are its older and classier sibling, the Honor Band 5, and the Honor MagicWatch 2 as far as wearables go. The latter makes a distinction for its use of the dual chipset Kirin A1, the same found on the long-lasting Huawei Watch GT, and therefore also promises 7 to 14 days of battery life, depending on the size of the watch. And it isn’t just wearables either. Honor also flaunted one of its rarest products, the MagicBook laptops, offering PC users a choice between Intel and AMD processors to power their mobile computing needs.

Just like its parent company, Huawei, Honor itself is reeling from the effects of the US trade ban. Unlike with smartphones, however, smart wearables and computers have a bigger chance of being adopted due to their independence from Google and Android. In fact, the Honor MagicWatch 2 and the Honor Band 5 are already in global markets to be followed by the Honor Band 5 Sport and Honor MagicBook this quarter. Availability details and prices have not been revealed yet.

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For quite a few years, most of the new computers came out with Intel inside, mostly because of a lack of serious competition. With AMD’s new Zen architecture, Intel’s old rival has gotten back into the game and OEMs have once again started putting AMD processors right beside Intel’s. That definitely seems to be the case with the new Acer Swift 3 series but while consumers may be able to choose between two competing processors, they aren’t able to choose what comes with those.

Acer’s own wording makes it pretty clear if not subtle. The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52 is pretty much its flagship model despite being smaller than the other. In it, however, beats a 10th gen Intel Core processor along with 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. And that smaller 13.5-inch screen actually boasts of a higher 2256×1504 resolution, giving the laptop a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Acer advertises up to 16 hours of battery life, which is often too generous a number of Intel-based computers. Despite the lightweight design, only 2.62 lbs (1.19 kg), is equipped with a bevy of high-end features, like a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello authentication, Wake on Voice for using Cortana even while the laptop is suspended, and support for the latest 802.11ax, a.k.a. Wi-Fi 6, standard.

In contrast, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 is positioned as a “balance between style, power, and efficiency”, which is often the honey-coated phrase for more power-efficient and less intensive performance. The notebook ditches the Intel for an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, also with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, and Radeon Vega 7 graphics. The 14-inch Full HD laptop may not have a fingerprint scanner but it at least gets the same Wake on Voice feature.

The pricing also hints at which of the two Acer considers more premium though prices don’t always equate to quality and real-world performance. The Acer Swift 3 SF313-52 with Intel processors will launch in March for $699 while the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 with AMD will come later in May for $599.

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