Confirmed: Lenovo's AMD ThinkPads A275 and A475 are based on the X270 and T470
What would we tech-journalists do without certification-offices? A huge chunk of the leaks we report on are based on their websites, which often contain information about yet-to-be-announced products. Such as in this case: A few weeks ago, the names of two new ThinkPad Laptops surfaced on the website of an Indonesian certification office. Now more information have been leaked through a Canadian certification-office.
As a reminder: The two new models are called A275 and A475. There hasn´t been a ThinkPad A-Series in recent years. Long ago, there was a Thinkpad A-Series, but those were the workstations models (such as the ThinkPad A31p). These days, the ThinkPad workstation line is the P-Series, so its safe to assume these new A-Series ThinkPads are not long the IBM ThinkPad A-Series of the old times. This opens the room for the speculation that these new models will be use AMD-CPUs, which would fit with the name A-Series. Also, the ending with the number five was traditionally reserved for AMD ThinkPads (such as the ThinkPad E555).
At the Canadian certification-office, the compliance-ID-numbers of these new ThinkPads was published: TP00087B for the A275 and TP00088B for the A475. While these numbers may sound cryptic, they reveal that the A275 is based on the ThinkPad X270 (TP00087A) and that the A475 is likewise based on the ThinkPad T470 (TP00088A).
Notebookcheck has published a special report about the low quality of many laptops with AMD-processors. For AMD, its a very good sign if Lenovo is indeed going to release two of the most popular enterprise-focused ThinkPads with AMD-CPUs. Especially the A475 could be a good addition for AMD, as its Intel brother T470 is one of the highest rated business-laptops in our current ranking.