Lenovo has introduced its newest productivity-focused ThinkPad and IdeaPad laptops ahead of CES. The systems are equipped with three compute engines — a central processing unit, graphics processing unit, and neural processing unit — that work together for greater efficiency. Lenovo notes that some compute tasks can be offloaded to the GPU or NPU for improved performance and power management. All three laptops will support AI features as they run on Windows 11.
The IdeaPad Pro 5i is the first consumer Intel Evo Edition laptop powered by an Intel Core Ultra chipset. Lenovo claims this will enable faster AI-driven features, such as image and text generation, as well as photo editing. The laptop can be equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, up to 32GB of LPDDR5X RAM, and up to a 1TB SSD. An expandable SSD slot and SD card reader can help increase storage as well. The laptop is available in 14-inch and 16-inch formats with several display options, including a 16:10 OLED panel with a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and 120Hz refresh rate. The IR Full HD camera has a time-of-flight sensor and privacy shutter along with Windows Hello support. It comes with an 84WHr polymer battery with quick charging support via Thunderbolt 4. It also includes an HDMI 2.1 port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A slots, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s also Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support. The 14-inch model weighs 3.22 lbs and the larger variant is 4.3 lbs. The Lenovo IdeaPad Pro 5i is available now starting at $1,150.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 will be available for some configurations later this month starting at $2,989 and full options in March. The ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 Gen 9 will become available in March with an expected starting price of $2,639. Lenovo has incorporated a major accessibility feature into the new ThinkPads with additional tactile cues on the keyboard to assist those with visual impairments. The F2 and F3 keys now have tactile markings, as does the Insert key. The ThinkPad X1 models include a Low Light Enhancer feature for the webcam. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 can be configured with up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. It also supports Intel Arc graphics and can have a resolution of up to 2.8K with a refresh rate of 120Hz on an OLED panel. As for ports, it has two USB-C Thunderbolt 4, two USB-C, an HDMI 2.1, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It can be equipped with Wi-Fi 6E or 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 and offers several webcam options up to an 8MP camera with privacy shutter. The weight of the laptop starts at 2.42 lbs.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 9 has similar specs and is a 2-in-1 with a weight starting at 2.92 lbs. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 has no dedicated GPU option as it supports Intel Arc graphics and can be equipped with up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. It also offers several webcam options up to an 8MP MIPI Computer Vision camera with privacy shutter. The weight of the laptop starts at 2.42 lbs.