Lenovo’s 2019 ThinkPad P Series Lineup: OLED, RTX Quadro, Ubuntu, and More

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New Mobile Workstations Offer Choice of Windows or Ubuntu Linux

Lenovo has unveiled their 2019 mobile workstation lineup, and the new ThinkPad P Series lineup includes five models ranging from 14 – 17.3 inches.

The new ThinkPad P Series models are powered by Intel Xeon and Core processors, offer NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and can be configured with up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory and storage options up to 6TB of NVMe SSDs in RAID. Lenovo has also added X-Rite Pantone Factory Color Calibration to the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, ThinkPad P53 and ThinkPad P73.

All P Series mobile workstations can also be configured with either Windows (up to Windows 10 Pro) or Ubuntu, making these a powerful mobile option for Linux users.

Lenovo ThinkPad P53
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At 15.6 inches the P53 sits in the middle of the new P Series form factors, with its display configurable up to a 4K OLED touch option with 400 nits brightness and Dolby Vision HDR. There is still room for 8-core Intel Xeon or Core CPUs, up to one of NVIDIA’s new Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs, and 4 SoDIMM slots supporting up to 128GB of DDR4 memory. Storage support is also generous with configurations of up to a 6TB NVMe RAID available.

ThinkPad P53 Specs
Processor 9th Gen Intel Xeon and Core, 8 cores
Memory Up to 128GB DDR4 (4x SoDIMMs)
Storage Up to 6TB NVMe SSD, RAID 0 / 1 / 5
Graphics Up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Display 15.6” up to 4K OLED Touch (3840×2160)
400 nit, Dolby Vision HDR
I/O 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C), USB-C
HDMI 2.0, SD Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Mic/Headphone Combo
Battery 90 WHr with Rapid Charge Technology

The ThinkPad P53 starts at $1799 in a configuration including an Intel Core i5-9400H and NVIDIA Quadro T1000, 8GB of memory, 256GB NVMe storage, and an IPS display. It will be available starting in July.

"Breaking the barriers of performance for mobile workstations, our ThinkPad P53 is the most powerful 15-inch mobile workstation; packing the power of the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with RT and Tensor cores – offering real-time ray tracing and AI acceleration.

With its impeccable framework and groundbreaking design, the ThinkPad P53 serves as the multitool of workstations suited for a versatile mobile option; allowing users to access workflows previously reserved for those willing to carry a 17” mobile workstation."

Lenovo ThinkPad P73

Next we have the largest of the group, with the ThinkPad P73 sporting a 17.3-inch IPS display at a resolution of up to 3840×2160.

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While not offering an OLED display option in this 17.3-inch form-factor, the ThinkPad P73 does manage 400 nits and Dolby Vision HDR – though results with IPS will be far less impressive with its inherently lower contrast ratio. There is also one more standard USB 3.1 port and a larger 99 WHr battery compared to the 15.6-inch ThinkPad P53.

ThinkPad P73 Specs
Processor 9th Gen Intel Xeon and Core, 8 cores
Memory Up to 128GB DDR4 (4x SoDIMMs)
Storage Up to 6TB NVMe SSD, RAID 0 / 1
Graphics Up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
Display 17.3” IPS up to 4K (3840×2160)
400 nit, Dolby Vision HDR
I/O 3x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C), USB-C
HDMI 2.0, SD Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Mic/Headphone Combo
Battery 99 WHr with Rapid Charge Technology

The ThinkPad P73 starts at $1849 in a configuration including an Intel Core i5-9400H and NVIDIA Quadro P620, 8GB of memory, and 256GB NVMe storage. It will be available starting in August.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

Another 15.6-inch option, this one is much slimmer and lighter – from 28 mm thick and 5.4 lbs with the ThinkPad P53 to just 17.2 mm thick and 3.74 lbs with this P1 Gen 2.

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Even with its slim profile the P1 Gen 2 still offers up to an 8-core Intel Xeon or Core processor and graphics up to an NVIDIA Quadro T2000, along with up to 64GB of DDR4 and 4TB of NVMe RAID storage.

ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Specs
Processor 9th Gen Intel Xeon and Core, up to 8 cores
Memory Up to 64GB DDR4 (2x SoDIMMs)
Storage Up to 4TB NVMe SSD, RAID 0 / 1
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro T1000 or T2000
Display 15.6”, up to 4K (3840×2160) OLED touch
400 nit, Dolby Vision HDR
I/O 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
HDMI 2.0, SD Card Reader, Mini Gigabit Ethernet, Mic/Headphone Combo
Battery 80 WHr with Rapid Charge Technology

The ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 starts at $1949 in a configuration that includes an Intel Core i5-9750H, NVIDIA Quadro T1000, 8GB of memory, 256GB NVMe storage, and an IPS FHD display. It will be available starting in this month (June).

Lenovo ThinkPad P53s and P43s

Finally we have the lower-cost offerings in the new P Series lineup, with both a 15.6-inch and 14-inch model available. The P53s makes use of its larger size to add a numpad to its keyboard layout, while both sizes offer mostly the same specs with the edge in battery capacity going to the P53s.

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ThinkPad P53s and P43s Specs
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core, 4 cores
Memory Up to 48GB DDR4 (1x Available SoDIMM Slot)
Storage Up to 2TB NVMe SSD
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P520
Display P53s: P53s: 15.6”, up to 3840 x 2160 IPS, 500 nit, Dolby Vision HDR
P43s: 14”, up to 2560×1440 IPS, 500 nit, Dolby Vision HDR
I/O 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C), USB-C
HDMI 1.4, Micro SD Card Reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Mic/Headphone Combo
Battery P53s: 57 WHr with Rapid Charge Technology
P43s 50 WHr with Rapid Charge Technology

The ThinkPad P53s and P43s both start at $1499 in identical configurations that includes an Intel Core i7-8765U, NVIDIA Quadro P520, 8GB of memory, and 256GB NVMe storage. They will be available in July.

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