Lenovo refreshes its ThinkPads with 8th-gen processors and USB-C charging

It's almost time for CES 2018 to kick off, which can only mean that it's time for Lenovo to refresh its lineup of ThinkPad laptops and convertibles. Last year, we saw laptops like the T470 and T570, all with seventh-generation 'Kaby Lake' processors. This year's range sees an upgrade to the eighth-generation 'Kaby Lake R' chips, which are now quad-core.

First up is the ThinkPad X series, with the X280 and the X380 Yoga. Lenovo says that the X280 is 20% lighter than its predecessor at 2.6 pounds and 15% thinner at 17.4mm.

ThinkPad X280 ThinkPad X380 Yoga


The ThinkPad X380 Yoga boasts pen support, as well as an IR camera for Windows Hello. Both devices include Rapid Charge technology, which offers an 80% charge within an hour, and they've also been Mil-Spec tested for durability.

As with all of the PCs announced today, they will be available this month. The ThinkPad X280 starts at $999, and the X380 Yoga starts at $1,459.

The ThinkPad T series is meant to be the "perfected corporate workhorse", and today's devices include the T480s, T480, and T580.

ThinkPad T480s ThinkPad T480 ThinkPad T580


Along with the new eighth-gen processors, the ThinkPad T series includes both an IR camera and a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello, but for additional security, they include ThinkStutter Camera Privacy, a physical webcam cover. There are extended battery options, which can offer up to 27 hours of battery life, and they all offer the option of an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, which in the larger T580 can power up to a 4K display. The other two devices have FHD and QHD options.

The ThinkPad T480 starts at $989, the slimmer T480s starts at $1,269, and the larger T580 starts at $1,079.

Finally, for businesses that are looking for machines that cost a bit less and offer more value, the L series includes the ThinkPad L380 Yoga, L380, L480, and L580.

ThinkPad L380 Yoga ThinkPad L480 ThinkPad L580


The model numbers go according to size, offering 13.3-, 14-, and 15-inch FHD displays. The two larger ones - the L480 and L580 - even come with an option for an AMD Radeon 530 GPU.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga starts at $1,049, the L380 starts at $609, the L480 starts at $779, and the L580 starts at $769. As mentioned earlier, all of the devices announced today will be available this month.

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