2021 Lenovo ThinkPad leak: X13 Gen 2 with 16:10 aspect ratio, T14/T14s Gen 2 stay with 16:9
Almost a year ago, Lenovo announced the preceding generation of the ThinkPad T series, as well as the traditional X subnotebook. The new ThinkPad laptops were supposed to be on display at the MWC Barcelona 2020, which ended up being cancelled because of the coronavirus.
Come February 2021, we are waiting on the 2021 ThinkPads - still unannounced are updates of popular models like the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s, the less expensive ThinkPad T14 and the compact ThinkPad X13. Their new versions have now appeared in the web for the first time - although we have no pictures yet.
What we do have are the first specifications: Screen size, resolution and aspect ratio. Responsible for the leak is the TCO certification site, which lists five thus unknown Lenovo ThinkPads: The ThinkPad T14s Gen 2, the ThinkPad X13 Gen 2, the two mainstream-models ThinkPad T14 and T15 Gen 2 as well as their workstation variants (P14s and P15s Gen 2).
In the face of the new ThinkPad X1 models adopting 16:10 screens (like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9), we were anxious to see: Would the less expensive enterprise ThinkPad would follow the lead and return to the longer aspect ratio?
This is not the case for the new ThinkPad T series: ThinkPad T14 Gen 2, ThinkPad T15 Gen 2 and ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 all continue to use the wider 16:9 format. This applies to P15s and P14s Gen 2 as well.
At least, one additional 16:10 ThinkPad is coming: The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 2 continues to use 13.3 inch screens, but now with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. Accordingly the classical ThinkPad subnotebook migrates back to 16:10 - roughly ten years after the ThinkPad X201 to X220 transition, which brought 16:9 into the X series for the first time.
Apart from the screen, the leak does not reveal much unfortunately. But some specs of the upcoming models seem like a sure bet: They will all be available with Tiger Lake and we also expect variants with AMD Ryzen Pro 5000.