Mobile World Congress or MWC was held in person and digitally this year, where the biggest names in tech gathered to launch new products. During this year’s event, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X13s was announced.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s // Features
Any new ThinkPad is noteworthy news as they’re some of the best designed and travel-friendly notebooks on the market. At #MWC22, Lenovo showed off its latest lightweight laptop, the X13s, with a headline-grabbing claim of a multi-day battery!
This is achievable thanks to shifting from the usual Intel offering to the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Compute Platform.
Designed to power business-class laptops, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is 85% faster than the Gen 2 chip, a huge leap, and is more efficient, thus resulting in longer battery performance.
This makes the X13s the first ThinkPad based on Snapdragon power, and Lenovo has given this notebook every chance to succeed with business travellers.
With over 1kg in weight and just 13mm thin, thanks to the fanless internal design, the X13s continue the ThinkPad X Series trend of being made for travel. And with a 13.3″ WUXGA display and 16:10 ratio, users will not be sacrificing screen space for an ultraportable device.
Thinness, however, often means fewer ports, something I prefer more of on a notebook, and the X13s will only come with 2x USB-C 3.2 ports, along with an audio socket and sim tray.
In a change to ThinkPad’s normal angular and stealth-like styling, Lenovo has opted for a ‘communication bar’ at the top of the display.
One that stands proud of the screen housing. A design omission may be that the tech needed for the 5MP Camera that boasts AI-based auto framing and 3 Noise Suppression microphones didn’t fit into the thin display bezel.
It took me a few glances to get used to it, but now I think the communication bar adds a unique feature among other ThinkPads and suggests Lenovo has gone all out to use every millimetre of space to pack the X13s with the most important technology for computing on the move.
ThinkPad X13s is equipped with advanced hardware and software threat protection through ThinkShield9 end-to-end security platform, and Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 integrates layered secure boot and Microsoft Pluton architecture implemented on the Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit for chip-to-cloud protection of user identity, data and applications on Windows 11 PCs that meet the Secured-core PC standard.Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s // Specifications
|ThinkPad X13s Gen1|
|Dimensions||299 x 206 x 13mm|
|Colour Options||Thunder Black|
|Power||Snapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform|
|Graphics||Snapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform with Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU|
|Display||13.3″ 16:10 Ratio|
-WUXGA IPS 300nit
-WUXGA IPS 300nit on-cell touch
-WUXGA IPS 400nit, Low Power, Low Blue Light
optional IR Sensor
optional computer vision
|Memory||Up to 32GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe SSD|
|Operating System||Up to Windows 11 Pro|
|Battery||Up to 28-hours|
|Ports||2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen|
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s // Pricing
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 will launch in May 2022 with pricing starting at €1,399. Pricing for North America will be released soon.
You can configure and buy a ThinkPad X13s at lenovo.com.