The new lineup of ThinkPad laptops unveiled by Lenovo today comes with a number of new features, including a physical security cover for webcams, the addition of USB Type-C power adapters, and improved facial recognition for use with Microsoft's Windows Hello biometric security.
Lenovo said the new ThinkPads are thinner and lighter than previous generations, and will feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors. Most of the new ThinkPads are scheduled to become available later this month.
In addition to the new ThinkPad designs, Lenovo also announced a new detachable tablet, a ThinkPad docking station, and two new premium monitors. The announcements come ahead of the kickoff of CES 2018 electronics show in Las Vegas, which runs Jan. 9-12.
Three Series Focused on Different Needs
The latest entries in Lenovo's ThinkPad line include two X Series models, three T Series models, and four L Series models. Lenovo said the X Series focuses on performance, flexibility and compact design, while the T Series is a "corporate workhorse," and the L Series offers value-based business versatility.
Designed for durability, the ThinkPad X Series "can work in some of the world's most inhospitable places," and provides long battery life with support for Rapid Charge, according to Lenovo. The series includes the 2.5-pound, 17.4-mm-thick ThinkPad X280 (starting at $999) and the ThinkPad X380 Yoga ($1,459 and up), which comes with an IR camera and Active Pen.
The "workhorse" T Series includes the ThinkPad T480 (starting at $989), the ThinkPad T580 ($1,079 and up), and the 2.9-pound ThinkPad T480s (priced at $1,269 and up). All come with an IR camera, a fingerprint reader, and the new ThinkShutter camera privacy feature. They each also offer an extended battery option that can provide up to 27 hours of battery life, Lenovo said.
Among the new L Series models are the ThinkPad L380 ($449 and higher), the ThinkPad L380 Yoga ($549 and up), the ThinkPad L580 (priced starting at $769), and the ThinkPad L480 (starting at $779). Arriving in a range of 13-, 14-, and 15-inch sizes, these laptops come with options for multi-touch displays and, in the case of the ThinkPad L580, AMD graphics. They are scheduled to arrive on the market in February.
Tablet 10 for Healthcare and Retail
Also arriving later this month will be Lenovo's new Tablet 10, a detachable powered by Intel Celeron N Series processors. Targeted at professional users in such industry verticals as healthcare and retail, the Tablet 10 will come with a fingerprint reader and Trusted Platform Module for security, as well as an integrated rechargeable pen and support for wireless WAN. Pricing for the device has not yet been announced.
Lenovo also plans to release three new models of its Docking Station designed to be used with its 12-, 14-, and 15-inch ThinkPads. The company said the one-touch, slide-to-connect mechanism offers a "fresh approach to traditional docking design." Models of the Docking Station, which also provides keylock security, include the Basic 90W ($199), the Pro 135W ($249), and the Ultra 135W ($299).
Finally, Lenovo's announcement includes news about two new monitors: the ThinkVision X24 and the ThinkVision 32u. Available later this month, the ThinkVision X24 ($249) provides full HD in an "ultra-thin" (4-mm) design with narrow, 1.1-mm bezels.
Set to hit the market in March, the 32-inch ThinkVision P32u ($1,349) offers a UHD 4K, "near-edgeless" display, as well as Thunderbolt 3 in and out ports. Lenovo said the P32u monitor also comes on a flexible stand with lift, tilt, swivel, and pivot capabilities for "maximized" user comfort.