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.

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This makes the X13s the first ThinkPad based on Snapdragon power, and Lenovo has given this notebook every chance to succeed with business travellers.

Lightweight Design

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.

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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.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s // Specifications

ThinkPad X13s Gen1
Dimensions299 x 206 x 13mm
Weight1.06kg
Colour OptionsThunder Black
PowerSnapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform
GraphicsSnapdragon® 8cx Gen 3 compute platform with Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU
Display13.3″ 16:10 Ratio
-WUXGA IPS 300nit
-WUXGA IPS 300nit on-cell touch
-WUXGA IPS 400nit, Low Power, Low Blue Light
Camera5MP
optional IR Sensor
optional computer vision
MemoryUp to 32GB LPDDR4
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
Operating SystemUp to Windows 11 Pro
BatteryUp to 28-hours
Ports2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen
Audio Port
Sim tray

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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Great post on the LTP X13s G1! It sounds like an awesome laptop choice for the traveling engineer. Battery power duration has always been a key aspect for me when selecting a laptop. While most of my laptop’s life has been spent plugged into an outlet, there were also times when I’ve had to submit papers on the fly, complete a 3D Fusion360 model before meeting the design team, and (on a few occasions) have plenty of time to save files during an unexpected power outage. Moral of the story: Batteries can be a tech lifesaver. You never know when they may come in handy!

    • Great, and very true, comment. I hope someone from Apple reads it as my 16″ MBP goes from 100 to 0% in under an hour once it’s off the power supply!

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