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Confirmed: Lenovo ThinkPad T470, T470s will have Thunderbolt 3, but T470p will not

The T470 and T470s are part of Lenovo's Extended Lifecycle program, while the T470p is not. (Source: Lenovo)
The T470 and T470s are part of Lenovo's Extended Lifecycle program, while the T470p is not. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo has confirmed that press release images showing the T470p with a Thunderbolt 3 port were a mistake, and that only the dual-core T470 and T470s will have Thunderbolt 3. This is bad news for ThinkPad fans who were hoping to use a T470 with an external GPU.

The new line of ThinkPad computers were teased in the closing days of 2016, touting redesigned chassis, Kaby Lake CPUs, and Thunderbolt 3—in most models, anyway. Promotional images showed the T470p having a Thunderbolt 3 port, but examination of the specification documents and direct word from Lenovo has confirmed that the 470p indeed has no Thunderbolt 3 port.

The T470p differs from the 470 and 470s models by being the only T4xx series to sport quad-core H-series CPUs, which offer significantly higher (up to twice as fast) performance when compared to the U-series Intel CPUs. The omission of Thunderbolt 3 means no possibility for an external graphics dock and more limited options for IO. ThinkPad aficionados were somewhat disappointed by the release, hoping that next year's x80 releases would meet their needs.

Lenovo THINK division's comment on the omission of Thunderbolt 3 is below:

"With regards to your question, the T470 and T470s are part of our global workhorse program with a guaranteed extended lifecycle to support enterprise customer deployments. The T470p is not part of this program and as such, we did not include Thunderbolt into this product. For customers who require a high-performance notebook with Thunderbolt, we would highly recommend our P series workstation models."

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Douglas Black, 2017-01-21 (Update: 2018-06-28)
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