Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad P Series and ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3
New Mobile Workstations And The Debut Of Ultra Performance Mode
Lenovo is launching their new lineup of mobile workstation class notebooks today, with P Series ThinkPad models as well as the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3. (The new ThinkPad P17 is pictured above.)
“Lenovo is building on the reliability and performance of its mobile workstations, launching the next generation of the ThinkPad P Series: the ThinkPad P15, ThinkPad P17, ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 and the all new ThinkPad P15v. In addition, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 will also make its debut, as the most powerful X Series commercial laptop. All equipped with high performance 10th Gen Intel H series mobile processors and wrapped in an enhanced design, these new ThinkPad’s are available in versatile configurations, giving users more autonomy over their experience.”
Exclusive to the new ThinkPad P Series and ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 notebooks is a feature Lenovo calls “Ultra Performance Mode”, which enables full control of performance settings and allows users to “dial up the system, ensuring peak performance”.
“Ultra Performance Mode was born from Lenovo’s dedication to push beyond, compelling Lenovo to go back to the drawing board, look inside the system itself and redefine design parameters. Enabled by default as a setting in BIOS, Ultra Performance Mode relaxes restrictions on acoustics and temperature, tapping into the full potential of the GPU and CPU, and leveraging an improved thermal design to maintain the integrity of the machine and deliver increased performance.”
ThinkPad P15 and P17
The new ThinkPad P15 and P17 replace the ThinkPad P53 and P73 in the lineup, and Lenovo said they are “starting from scratch” with these designs. Both thermals and component design have been revised, and Lenovo is moving to a modular internal construction that uses daughter cards in favor of soldered components.
“A complete reengineering of the thermal design optimizes performance on the ThinkPad P15 and P17 over their predecessors– meaning an added 13 percent more air flow, a 30 percent larger CPU heat sink, larger vents and even a new thermal mesh to dissipate heat faster. With enhanced thermal components and support, users can take full advantage of Ultra Performance Mode to harness more power from their ThinkPad P Series mobile workstation than ever before.”
On the path to redesign power and thermals, Lenovo has also moved to a new daughter card design instead of relying on a soldered solution. To further meet the needs of our professional mobile workstation users, the ThinkPad P15 and P17 will feature this modular design – offering four times the number of GPU and CPU configurations than previous generations. Packed with the power of NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs, the ThinkPad P15 and P17 support higher GPU wattage graphics than their predecessors, increasing from 80 watts to 90 watts and 90 watts to 110 watts respectively. This increase allows users to select the right configuration for their unique needs – optimizing performance for their workflow directly out of the box and enabling more complex graphics on a mobile workstation.
Features common to all ThinkPad P15 and P17 models are a new 94WHr battery, up to 4TB of storage, up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, and UHD (3840×2160) displays featuring Dolby Vision HDR support. As to pricing and availability, the ThinkPad P15 will start at $1,979 and the P17 will start at $2119, with both available in July.
Another addition to the lineup is the P15v, a 15-inch mobile workstation which starts at a comparatively low $1,349. It is also powered by 10th Gen Intel H series mobile processors, and offers an NVIDIA Quadro P620 GPU and UHD display panel with 600-nit brightness.
ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
In the “thin-and-light” category we have the 3rd-gen ThinkPad P1, a 15-inch system offering, among other things, improved sound quality and a new UHD panel option with 600 nits of brightness. The ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 starts at $2,019, and will be available in July.
“Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest 15” mobile workstation – the ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 – is back and better than ever with updated technology and new improvements to the premium look-and-feel. The P1 brings additional usability features including a new anti-smudge coating – reducing fingerprint visibility – upgraded speakers offering an enhanced audio experience and a new UHD LCD display option with a 600-nit panel. For mobile workstation users in areas without expansive Wi-Fi access, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 also offers optional LTE WWAN – the fastest internet option for remote workers – for increased mobility and performance anytime, anywhere.”
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3
New to the X1 series, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 is a positioned as a high-performance option offering Intel H series vPro mobile processors up to a 10th Gen Core i9, and optional NVIDIA GeForce 1650 Ti graphics.
“This combination of processing power and high-performance graphics, along with a dazzling 15.6-inch display with up to 600nits brightness, offer users advanced productivity and collaboration capabilities. New WiFi 6 and optional CAT16 LTE-A Wireless WAN provide reliable high-speed data transfer speeds for a highly efficient remote working experience. Modern Standby helps users handle the rigors of today’s work-life balance by ensuring emails, messages and updates are received, even when the lid is closed and allows rapid resume from the important distractions of working from home.”
As with the other announced models the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 will be available in July, though pricing has not been determined for this one just yet.