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Leak: Lenovo ThinkPad E14 previews new naming scheme for well-known business laptop brand

Lenovo ThinkPad L13: New naming scheme?
Lenovo ThinkPad L13: New naming scheme?
Lenovo ThinkPads have a very long history. Even the naming scheme of the business laptop line has a history, as it is more than 10 years old in its current iteration. Its roots are even older and date back to the IBM ThinkPad days. Now, it has apparently run its course, as the ThinkPad L13 does not adhere to the known naming scheme – and it seems like its not going to be the only upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad model.
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More then ten years ago, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X300. This model was not only the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad laptop at the time, it was also the first model that introduced the new Lenovo ThinkPad naming scheme.

Before, models like the Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad T61 were sold as 14 inch and 15 inch variants, which was confusing for buyers. With the new naming scheme, buyers instantly knew which screen size their ThinkPad laptop would have: 14 inch in case of the ThinkPad T400, 15 inch in case of the ThinkPad T500 and 13 inch for the ThinkPad X300. The first number of the model name would now indicate the size and the second number the respective generation.

This naming scheme is still in use today, the newest models include the ThinkPad X390, ThinkPad T490 and ThinkPad T590. With this tenth generation however, the naming scheme has run its course. Lenovo simply can not continue to use it unchanged. A change in this regard was due and many ThinkPad fans have speculated how the next ThinkPad models will be numbered.

It seems like Lenovo opted for evolution instead of a revolution. Recently, the company introduced the new ThinkPad L13. This new model does not follow the established naming scheme. Instead, Lenovo has essentially created a simplified version of it, keeping the letter L as the model-series name and the two numbers as the size indicator. The generation however is not indicated anymore, so Lenovo would probably add "ThinkPad L13 Gen 2" to the eventual successor of the ThinkPad L13.

The ThinkPad L13 is not the only model with the new naming scheme: ICC listing leak the new Lenovo ThinkPad E14. Logically, this would be a 14 inch E series ThinkPad and the successor of the ThinkPad E490.

We would be interested in what our readers think about the new Lenovo ThinkPad naming scheme. Do you like that Lenovo simplifies things or would you have preferred a more sophisticated system that still includes generational indicator?

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Benjamin Herzig, 2019-09- 4 (Update: 2019-09- 4)
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