To kick off CES 2018, Lenovo is making a series of announcements today, including the unveiling of the new ThinkPad L series. The laptops, known as the ThinkPad T480, T480s, and T580, offer 2018-grade specifications and a ton of under-the-hood power that should be enough to tear through your workload on the go.
For starters, the ThinkPad T480 features 8th-generation Intel Core i-series processors up to an i7 with vPro processing power, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB of HDD storage with a 1TB SSD, your choice of Intel UHD Graphics 620 or Nvidia GeForce MX 150, Dolby Premium Audio, a 12.5-inch touch display with up to a Quad HD resolution, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C ports, an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and up to 14.5 hours of battery life.
That’s all fine and dandy, but it’s in the security department where things get interesting. Lenovo is including a fingerprint sensor on the new ThinkPad T series for quick log-ins, but they also include an infrared camera for Windows Hello that features what the company calls ThinkShutter. Basically, it’s a little flap that slides over the camera so hackers can’t get into your laptop and spy on you. In other words, you won’t need that piece of black tape after all to protect yourself.
As for the T480s, it’s essentially a slimmed-down version of the T480 that includes mainly the same specs but steps things down to 24GB of RAM, up to 13.5 hours of power, and strictly a 1TB SSD for storage with no HDD in tow. However, despite these compromises, you still get things like ThinkShutter, a fingerprint sensor, and a lighter and sleeker package. Therefore, if you travel a lot with your laptop, it may be worth it to get the T480s over the T480.
Finally, the T580 is the most powerful of the trio. It includes the same processor, RAM, and graphics as the T480 but upgrades things with a 2TB HDD and 1TB SSD for storage, up to 27 hours of battery life thanks to dual cells, and a 15-inch 4K display. The same port selection and security features as the T480 are also on board. All in all, if you need to maximize the amount of power iin your backpack, the T580 is the model to get.
The ThinkPad T480 starts at $989 and will go on sale this month. The T480s, with its sleeker package and better build, will start at $1269 and go on sale this month as well. Finally, the ThinkPad T580 will start at $1079 and go on sale this month, too.