Lenovo shows off updated ThinkPads with Kaby Lake CPUs


— 3:41 PM on December 28, 2016

Ahead of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo announced that it's refreshed its lineup of ThinkPad laptops. The headline feature for the updated machines is that they're fitted with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs. Lenovo has other tricks up its sleeve, though. Other nitfy features include new touchpads supporting Microsoft's Precision Touchpad, fingerprint sensors, and new connectivity options including Wi-Fi Certified WiGig. In total, there are nine new laptops to discuss, so let's get started.

First up is the ThinkPad X270. This thin-and-trim notebook is 0.8" thick and weighs 2.9 lbs. The base model is equipped with a 1366x768 TN panel, which we suggest upgrading to the 1920x1080 IPS option. Lenovo claims that the X270's battery can power the device for up to a whopping 21 hours. The ThinkPad X270 starts at $909, and will be available in March.

Flexible notebooks in Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga line are known for their multi-mode operation. The new ThinkPad Yoga 370 packs a new screen: a 1920x1080 13.3" display. It ships with an integrated pen, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and an optional touch fingerprint reader. At 0.7" thick, it's just a little leaner than the ThinkPad X270 above. Lenovo claims that the Yoga 730 can last 10.5 hours between charges, and plans to ship it in March. Pricing starts at $1264.

Need a notebook that can handle some abuse? Lenovo says the new ThinkPad 13 is durable enough to pass military-grade toughness requirements, so it might survive being used by a toddler. It has a 13.3" 1920x1080 display like the Yoga 370, but lacks the Thunderbolt 3 port. The notebook is 0.77" thick, weighs 3.17 lbs, and Lenovo says it'll last 11 hours on battery. The company plans to make the $674 ThinkPad 13 available in January.

Next up are four new T-series notebooks: the T470s, T470, T470p, and T570. At 2.9 lbs, the T470s is the lightest of the bunch, and can be equipped with a 14" 2560x1440 IPS display. It'll ship in February, and starts at $1099. The T470 doesn't offer a high-resolution screen, but has a heftier battery that Lenovo claims will run for up to 18 hours. It'll be available in February as well, with the base model selling for $909.

Lenovo equipped the T470p with an Nvidia N16S-GTR GPU (apparently a GeForce 940MX), and there's an optional upgrade for a 2560x1440 IPS display. It'll sell for $1049 starting in March. The ThinkPad T570 is the last and largest of the bunch. Lenovo offers multiple storage option on this machine, which can be equipped with a 15.6" UHD display. In the graphics department, it's powered by Nvidia's 940MX GPU. Lenovo claims the T570's two batteries should be good for about 16 hours of usage on a single charge. This model starts at $1049, and will be available in March.

Finally, Lenovo is offering two new L-series laptops. The ThinkPad L470 has a 14" 720p display that can be upgraded to a 1920x1080 panel. For its graphics muscle, Lenovo turned to AMD's Radeon R5 M430. It weighs 4.23 lbs, and will be available in March at a starting price of $779. The L570 offers a larger 15.6" display, but otherwise has very similar specs as the L470. Lenovo plans to sell the base L570 model for $809, and it will also be selling in March.

One of the more intriguing features of all these laptops is that they are available with a "Signature Edition" of Windows 10 Professional which contains no trialware or unwanted apps. Lenovo claims that this approach allows the company to optimize the performance of the laptops, eliminate distractions for users, and make life a little easier for the local IT staff.

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