Lenovo ThinkPad A275 and A475 take AMD Pro APUs on the road

We wrote a week ago about some high-profile design wins for AMD's Pro business-focused processors, including new Lenovo ThinkPads based on the AMD Pro versions of the silicon designer's Bristol Ridge APUs. We now have a lot more information about Lenovo's ThinkPad A275 and ThinkPad A475 laptops. As a refresher, Bristol Ridge is AMD's most recent spin on its construction-core architecture, now boasting support for DDR4 memory but still built using GlobalFoundries' 28-nm process technology.

The two portables have a lot of hardware in common. The foundation of both machines is, of course, AMD's Bristol Ridge APUs. Lenovo offers chips ranging up to the top-of-the-line A12-9800B. Lenovo isn't disclosing all of the APUs it'll offer yet, but they'll all have Radeon R7-class graphics, and they can all be paired with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory. Base models have a 1600×900 TN panel, but buyers can choose 1920×1080 IPS screens with or without touch input. The standard storage option is a hard drive, but SSDs up to a 512 GB OPAL-compliant NVMe unit are also on the options sheet. The optional fingerprint reader is compatible with Windows Hello bioauthentication.

As one would expect of a laptop in 2017, Wi-Fi is of the 802.11ac variety and Bluetooth 4.1 support is included. LTE modems are available for those that need connectivity out in the field. The port cluster includes two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one USB Type-C connector, an HDMI output, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, a card reader, and a combo audio jack. Lenovo says both models can last over 10 hours away from a power port.

The main difference between the two lines, then, is a matter of size. ThinkPad A275-series machines have 12.5" displays. The machine measures 12" wide, 8.2" deep, and 0.8" thick (31 cm x 21 cm x 2 cm) and tips the scales at 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg).

The ThinkPad A475 offers nearly the same feature set as the machine above, except the display measures 14" across. The A475 measures 13.2" wide, 9.1" deep, and 0.8" thick (34 cm x 23 cm x 2 cm). Buyers must lug around 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg) in exchange for the larger display. The larger machine also has a docking-station port that's absent on the A275.

The ThinkPad A275 will start at $869 when it goes on sale in October. The larger ThinkPad A475 will start at $849 later this month.

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    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Shame it’s in widescreen. What’s the point of a Thinkpad if it’s not 4:3?

    • Kraaketaer
    • 2 years ago

    These look quite nice. I’d gladly take that 12.5″ with Raven Ridge, although I’d like a TB3 connector thrown in there for good measure. And I’m definitely in the market for one, as my X201 is really starting to show its age. Granted, the 16:9 display at these sizes makes me wary. 12″ 4:3 or 3:2 would really hit the spot, even if I’d have to live with some added weight.

    Also, I wonder if they have the internal+external battery system of the X270 and T470. I certainly hope so.

    Oh, they at least have to support USB-C DP alt mode, right? Right?

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 2 years ago

    Seems like the A475 shares a chassis with the T470, based on the images they provide. There are cheaper members of the Thinkpad range, also more expensive ones.

    Is this the highest quality AMD-based laptop ever made?

      • Vhalidictes
      • 2 years ago

      I’m not a construction-core hater, and these laptops look pretty nice, but not for that price. I can’t imagine spending more than $650 or so on these.

      It’s a shame, they look good in every other way.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        They priced them just like their Intel-based cousins. These are no bottom-scraper cheap laptops which everyone seems to expect of the AMD brand. The CPU under the hood is only a small part of the expense.

        The Intel versions are dual core and rely on Intel’s graphics, so actually if I was in the market to choose between them, I would probably choose the AMD option. A good deal less battery life and some limitations imposed on the available storage and RAM (presumably not for a technical reason), but the superior GPU would be appealing.

        More so once a Zen option is in place.

    • shank15217
    • 2 years ago

    The 14inch seems like a good option, it’s no Raven Ridge but it seems to have everything else going for it.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 2 years ago

      Lenovo is sitting pretty when Zen arrives. Drop in and out to market!

        • Topinio
        • 2 years ago

        Yep. Hopefully Dell will catch up with the Latitudes soon, only the Inspirons so have these CPUs.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        That’s probably why these exist in the first place. Nobody wants today’s APUs, but this means the engineering work is done for the next generation.

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