Lenovo Introduces ThinkPad P1, Its Thinnest, Lightest Laptop to Date

Lenovo also announced the new ThinkPad P72 laptop with powerful graphics for enterprise professionals.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Laptop

Lenovo has announced two new ThinkPad laptops designed for enterprise workers, including the ThinkPad P1, which Lenovo describes as its thinnest and lightest model to date, and the ThinkPad P72, which features advanced graphics hardware for users in the oil and gas, automotive, financial and other industries.

The two devices, which were unveiled on Aug. 13, will be available by the end of August, with the ThinkPad P1 starting at $1,949 and the ThinkPad P72 starting at $1,799.

The all-new ThinkPad P1 includes a 15.6-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 resolution) or an optional 4K UHD touch-screen display (3840 x 2160 resolution), a choice of Intel 8th Generation Xeon or Core processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory (2 SoDIMMS maximum) and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD storage. It can also be purchased with various graphics chips up to an Nvidia Quadro P2000 card.

The P1 can be configured with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations or with Windows 10 Pro or Ubuntu Linux (preloaded). The machine is also certified for Red Hat Linux which can be installed as an operating system option.

Standard features also include a built-in HD camera or an optional infrared camera, as well as a standard 80WHr battery, a 135-watt power supply, TPM 2.0 module, a Kensington lock slot for security and a fingerprint reader.

Two Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) ports are provided, as well as two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, a mini gigabit Ethernet port and a combination microphone and headphone jack. Also included is WLAN Intel 9560 802.11 a/c WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, as well as a 4-in-1 SD card reader. A smart card reader is available as an option.

The ThinkPad P1 is 14.2 inches wide, 9.7 inches tall, 0.7 inches thick and starts at 3.76 pounds, depending on configuration. 

Lane Jesseph, Lenovo's senior product manager for the ThinkPad P series, told eWEEK that the P1 starts with a device chassis that's being used for the first time in a Lenovo design. 

"We haven't had anything this thin and this light with this much horsepower in it before,” he said. "The P1 is hands-down Lenovo's thinnest and lightest mobile workstation that we make."

The ThinkPad P72

Lenovo’s other new model, the ThinkPad P72, has a 17-inch chassis and is designed a desktop computer replacement for mobile professionals, particularly in the oil and gas, automotive and financial industries.

The P72 includes a 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display or an optional 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution) display, a choice of 8th Generation Intel Xeon or Core processors, up to 128GB of DDR4 memory (4 SoDIMM Slots, up to 32GB per DIMM slot), up to 6TB of storage and support for an optional 16GB of Intel Optane memory. It can be equipped with graphics capabilities up to a Nvidia Quadro P5200 chip. 

The P72 can be configured with the Windows 10 Pro for Workstations operating system, with Windows 10 Pro or Ubuntu Linux. It’s also certified for use with Red Hat Linux. 

Other standard features include a built-in infrared camera, a standard 99WHr battery, a 230-watt power supply, a TPM 2.0 module, a Kensington lock slot for security and a fingerprint reader.

Two Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) ports are provided, as well as two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, a gigabit Ethernet port, a mini display port 1.4 and a combination microphone and headphone jack. Also included is WLAN Intel 9560 802.11 a/c WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, as well as a 4-in-1 SD card reader. A smart card reader is available as an option.

The ThinkPad P72 is 16.4 inches wide, 11.1 inches tall, one inch thick and starts at 7.5 pounds.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, told eWEEK that the new machines "should be an impressive option for an engineer that needs mobility."  

Lenovo's ThinkPads "are arguably the gold standard in laptops with what is arguably the strongest keyboard and most robust design short of a hardened product in market," said Enderle.

"You end up with something that not only looks good on day one, but likely will still look good and perform well at end of life. In the end, companies and employees depend on workstation performance and reliability, so those tasks should be safe with a ThinkPad machine," Enderle said.