Lenovo ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga take a sip from Whiskey Lake

The mention of the ThinkPad name tends to bring to mind sturdy laptops with great keyboards and an eye towards practicality over style. Lenovo's just used the upgrade wand on the its affordable L-series ThinkPads, and the results are the L390 and L390 Yoga portables. The machines reportedly come with Whiskey Lake CPU options on their higher-end configurations.

Source: HotHardware

The two machines bear a striking resemblance in the majority of specifications. Given its credentials as a two-in-one convertible, the Yoga variant has a world-facing camera, a 360° hinge, a touch screen, and an active stylus. Said stylus can be stowed away directly in the machine's chassis, too. The displays for both models are 1920×1080 units.

The product pages for the L390 and L390 Yoga don't seem to be working yet, but according to HotHardware, the higher-end takes of either machine have Whiskey Lake CPU options. We figure the base configurations are nowhere near as fancy, though. No matter which chip goes in the box, it can be paired with up to 32 GB of RAM across two DIMMs and NVMe SSDs in capacities up to 512 GB.

Source: HotHardware

According to the website, the port cluster includes two USB Type-C and two Type-A ports, an HDMI output, and an Ethernet connector. There's no mention of Thunderbolt connectivity, though. Likewise, there aren't apparently any discrete graphics options. The regular L390 should weight in at 3.2 lb (1.45 kg), while its Yoga cousin ought to tip the scales at 3.44 lb (1.56 kg).

Lenovo says the ThinkPad L390s are meant for "price-sensitive" business customers, and the dollar amounts seem to corroborate that assertion. The ThinkPad L390 starts at $659, while the ThinkPad L390 Yoga will ring in at $889 and up.

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    • exilon
    • 10 months ago

    With competition that looks like this

    [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/13726/the-lenovo-thinkpad-a285-review/6[/url<] It's no wonder Intel is just refreshing a high-yielding 14nm+++++++++++

    • tacitust
    • 10 months ago

    Nice, but hard to justify when my trusty T430 is still chugging along just fine…

      • End User
      • 10 months ago

      Wow. You seriously think the T430 is a good laptop?

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 10 months ago

        I don’t think he said it was good, but that it was trusty. He can also have an opinion, bro.

        Why you so cranky?

          • End User
          • 10 months ago

          Trusty? More like crusty.

        • Krogoth
        • 10 months ago

        It is still quite viable for a laptop. It was never meant to be a DTR. Shocking that most people don’t replace perfectly working hardware with the latest, greatest on a whim.

    • caconym
    • 10 months ago

    Still really happy with my first-gen with a Haswell i7 in it. They’re good machines.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 10 months ago

    Takes a sip from whiskey lake, realized it’s that same trick from before when Skylake was rebranded to kabylake to coffee lake and now this abomination. Intel beats out Ngreedia in rebranding.

      • jihadjoe
      • 10 months ago

      Made me wonder who’s done the most ever rebrands of a single product/line:

      Ngreedia IIRC carried the G92 all the way from 8800GT to the 9800GT then the GTS250
      Advanced Micro Delays had the Rebrandeon Pitcairn XT all the way from 7870 to 8870 to R9 270 and R9 370X
      Shintel with Skylake is approaching AMD levels of longevity, but it’s across their entire line of CPUs instead of just one product!

        • techguy
        • 10 months ago

        You left out the 9800 GTX and GTX+ products. Nvidia definitely wins this one.

        • f0d
        • 10 months ago

        not including the already mentioned pitcairn amd does it more often
        480/580/590
        bonaire 7790/r7-260/r7-360
        r9 290/390
        rx 470/570
        rx 460/rx550 560
        7970/280
        and probably a bunch more i cant remember
        theres a bunch of super low end stuff too

    • Chrispy_
    • 10 months ago

    Nothing to see here; These are Skylake +++, right?

    Still good old 14nm silicon from August 2015 as the Intel Marketing Machine goes into full Christmas mode for the refresh of the refresh of the refresh of the label on the front….

    7th gen was a re-brand. 8th gen was a re-brand. 8th gen refresh is a re-brand to hide the fact that 10nm failed.

      • DancinJack
      • 10 months ago

      Not that you’re wrong, but what is the alternative? AMD? Pffft.

        • Chrispy_
        • 10 months ago

        The alternative is that Intel stop inventing new codenames for the same product. Nobody upvotes a re-brand that’s timed for the holiday purchase season.

        Wishful thinking, I know!

          • DancinJack
          • 10 months ago

          I mean, I guess you can complain here all you want! Keep wishing though, maybe it will help.

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 months ago

        Ryzen 3000 U parts have been announced, but they’re using Zen + instead of Zen 2 cores.

        Boo! Boo! I say, Boo!

          • DancinJack
          • 10 months ago

          “announced”

          🙂

            • Voldenuit
            • 10 months ago

            To be fair, “leaked” and “announced” can be hard to tell with AMD.

            We’ll know for sure if it’s accompanied by a cringey 90s garage band music video made on an Amiga.

          • Goty
          • 10 months ago

          It’s not even that they’re using the same architecture, it looks like most of the parts were literally just shifted a spot down the product stack and renamed.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 10 months ago

          And the Ryzen 2400g was based on Zen 1, dummy. What’s your point? The APU lines lags the desktop line. You’d know if you weren’t a casual. Smh

            • Voldenuit
            • 10 months ago

            I are Filthy Casual.

      • DavidC1
      • 10 months ago

      In their defense, at least in mobile its not exactly the same.

      7th Gen Core Kabylake: Has Gen 10 media unit
      8th Gen Core Whiskey Lake: Has on package 300-series PCH. Being on package means the new features are guaranteed, unlike on desktops where it can mix and match.

      Plus on laptops, it also gets ecosystem improvements like the 1W display that will start to be used with Whiskey Lake/Amber Lake generation. The leather HP Spectre Folio not only has on-package XMM 7560 LTE modem but uses 1W display for some great battery life figures.

      But yea, I agree it could have been much better.

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 months ago

        Ugh, yeah, my Z370 desktop mobo still needs an Asmedia chip for USB 3.1 Gen 2.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 months ago

    DOES THIS MAKE MY ITUNES FASTER

      • Chrispy_
      • 10 months ago

      Only if you install Debian.

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