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Lenovo’s new ThinkPad P mobile workstations

Three 15-inch and a 17-inch with WS dGPUs

Posted: By Jon Peddie 06.18.20

Lenovo has launched the next generation of the ThinkPad P Series: the ThinkPad P15, ThinkPad P17, ThinkPad P1 Gen 3, and the new ThinkPad P15v. In addition, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 will also make its debut. Lenovo makes the bold claim that the new ThinkPad 1 the most powerful X Series commercial laptop.

All the laptops are equipped with 10th Gen Intel H series mobile processors and wrapped in an enhanced design, these new ThinkPads are available in versatile configurations, giving users more autonomy over their experience.

The ThinkPad P Series and the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 will feature the new Ultra Performance Mode, which allows users to take control of their performance settings. Understanding the need to complete a render as fast as possible or demo high-fidelity VR content while maintaining a stable framerate, users can now dial up the system, ensuring peak performance. And, says Lenovo, the ThinkPad business laptop will not exceed 38dB of fan noise under the heaviest workload.

 

Ultra Performance Mode is 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, says the company, leverages an improved thermal design to maintain the integrity of the machine and deliver increased performance.

More Control, More Configurations

With the release of the ThinkPad P15 and P17 (the follow-ons to the ThinkPad P53 and P73), Lenovo said they did a complete reengineering of the thermal design, which optimizes performance on the ThinkPad P15 and P17 over their predecessors. Lenovo defines that as an added 13% more air flow, a 30% larger CPU heat sink, larger vents and even a new thermal mesh to dissipate heat faster.

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 its 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.

Employing the Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs, the ThinkPad P15 and P17 support higher GPU wattage graphics. Quadro GPUs draw a lot of power and putting a high wattage GPU in a laptop is challenging – how to cool it and power it.

The ThinkPad P15 and P17 will boast additional shared features—including a new 94WHr battery and up to 4TB of storage, along with up to 128GB DDR4 of memory and UHD Dolby Vision HDR displays. The ThinkPad P15 and P17 will be available from July, starting at $1,979 and $2119, respectively.

Lenovo’s new P1 is their thinnest and lightest 15-inch mobile workstation and has a new anti-smudge coating (reducing fingerprint visibility), upgraded speakers, 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 ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 will be available from July, starting at $2,019.

 Lenovo’s new 15-inch P1 mobile workstation (Source: Lenovo)

 

The company says their ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 is designed for advanced users seeking a high-performance Windows 10 laptop with powerful 10th Gen Intel H series vPro mobile processors up to Core i9 and optional Nvidia GeForce 1650Ti graphics. It comes with up to 600-nits brightness displays, WiFi 6, and optional CAT16 LTE-A Wireless WAN. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 will be available from July, price coming soon.

The ThinkPad P15v. Powered by 10th Gen Intel H series mobile processors, has a UHD 600-nit LCD display and the Nvidia Quadro P620 GPU. The ThinkPad P15v will be available from July, starting at $1,349.

The ThinkPad P Series and X1 Extreme Gen 3 will be available across July and August.