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Lenovo’s 2018 ThinkPads come with Intel’s 8th-generation processors and USB-C chargers (Updated with price)

By Koh Wanzi - on 8 Mar 2018, 4:00pm

Lenovo’s 2018 ThinkPads come with Intel’s 8th-generation processors and USB-C chargers

Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga

Updated on 8 March 2018: Added details on local price and availability

Originally published on 4 January 2018:

Lenovo has overhauled its ThinkPad line-up for 2018, and the new models now sport Intel’s new 8th-generation processors and slimmer, lighter designs.

Today’s unveiling comprises a total of nine models across the ThinkPad X, T, and L series, comprising a mix of clamshell and convertible designs to suit different preferences.

The new devices also feature USB-C power adapters across the board, bringing the entire ThinkPad family in line with 2017’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which also ditched the proprietary power connector.

Here’s a rundown of the systems announced, complete with details on local price and availability where available:

  • ThinkPad X280 (S$2,099, 18 March)
  • ThinkPad X380 Yoga (S$2,299, 18 April)
  • ThinkPad T480s (S$2,799, 18 March)
  • ThinkPad T480 (S$1,899, 18 March)
  • ThinkPad T580 (S$1,999, 18 March)
  • ThinkPad L380 Yoga (S$1,799, 18 April)
  • ThinkPad L380 (S$1,599, 18 March)
  • ThinkPad L480 (S$1,499)
  • ThinkPad L580 (US$769)

The X380 Yoga is one of the more interesting models, featuring a 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel touchscreen display, 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Of course, the 360-degree hinge also allows it to be folded over and used in tablet mode, and you can scribble on it with the bundled Active Pen.

Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga

In addition, it supports Windows Hello facial recognition via the IR camera. And if you’re worried about battery life, Lenovo says its Rapid Charge technology can get it up to 80 per cent battery in 60 minutes.

Lenovo ThinkPad X280

On the other hand, the 12.5-inch X280 focuses on portability, and it is 20 per cent lighter than its predecessor at 1.16kg and 15 per cent thinner at 17.4mm. That aside, it shares similar specifications as the X380 Yoga, although it can’t be configured with an NVMe SSD.

Both devices have also been Mil-Spec tested for durability, so there’s some reassurance that they’re fairly hardy.

The new T-series laptops come with a nifty feature for those of you worried that someone might be looking through your webcam. The ThinkShutter camera, as Lenovo calls it, comes with a shutter to obscure the webcam. You’ll find this on the X280 as well, although the X380 Yoga doesn’t have it.

Lenovo ThinkPad L580

The T580 also supports an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics card, the better to power its UHD display. The T-series models come with extended battery options as well, and can deliver up to 27 hours of battery life, according to Lenovo.

Finally, the L-series includes a new 13.3-inch and Yoga model with the ThinkPad L380 and L380 Yoga. Both are equipped with 13.3-inch 1080p displays, but the Yoga model is the more versatile machine given its convertible form factor.

Lenovo ThinkPad L380.

They support the same specifications, including up to a Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.

The L480 and L580 offer larger 14- and 15-inch screens respectively, and the option for a second larger capacity hard drive. In addition, the L580 can be configured with discrete AMD graphics if you so wish.