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Lenovo ThinkPads have an all-new design and AMD Ryzen 6000 processors

by Atharva Gulhane

Lenovo already offers a wide range of ThinkPads, ranging from the entry-level E-series to the flagship X1 series. However, the business is presenting an entirely new line today at what would have been CES: the Lenovo ThinkPad Z series, which includes the Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 and Z16.

What’s particularly intriguing about the ThinkPad Z series is that it features an entirely new design, which is unusual for ThinkPads. Indeed, ThinkPad is known for being a conservative company. While Lenovo does experiment with it, as evidenced by the ThinkPad X1 Fold and ThinkPad X1 Titanium, it’s mostly about a black rectangular shape.

It’s made out of vegan leather and metal, with bronze accents on the Z13 shown above. It’s also available in grey and black, so if you really want a black ThinkPad, you can have one.

They’re both powered by AMD’s new Ryzen PRO 6000 CPUs, albeit the 13-inch model will be U-series while the 16-inch model will be H-series. Dedicated AMD Radeon graphics are also available on the bigger ThinkPad Z16.

USB 4 is also included with the ThinkBook Z series. As a result, these two are among the first AMD laptops to enable Thunderbolt 3, which was previously only available on Intel laptops.

They also have 16:10 displays, either 13.3 or 16 inches in size. If you want a longer battery life, you can buy it in 1,9201,200, but there are also OLED choices. The ThinkPad Z13 has a 2.8K OLED display, whereas the Z16 has a 4K OLED display.

The ThinkPad Z13 and Z16 have the highest screen-to-body ratios in Lenovo’s entire ThinkPad lineup, with 91.6 percent and 92.3 percent, respectively.

While it has a fresh design that feels more current than previous ThinkPads, the TrackPoint, the red nub in the centre of the keyboard that you can use to manipulate the pointer, is still a relic from the past. This is still provided with every ThinkPad.

The keyboard, on the other hand, is more modern, being shallower than that of a ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The keys are 1.35mm deep, which is the same as on the ThinkPad X1 Nano and ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga.

Above the touchpad, you’ll see that there are no physical buttons, which are required for use with the TrackPoint. Because it’s a larger, tactile touchpad, they’re merely buried. You’ll be allowed to continue to do so.

Above the touchpad, you’ll see that there are no physical buttons, which are required for use with the TrackPoint. Because it’s a larger, tactile touchpad, they’re merely buried. You can still use the top area as a button area.

When it comes to when you’ll be able to get your hands on these stunning new ThinkPads, it won’t be long, as is typical of devices revealed at CES. Both are scheduled to arrive in May 2022. The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 will be available for $1,549, and the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 will be available for $2,099.

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