Lenovo: AMD ThinkPads A275 and A475 announced - with Bristol Ridge
A few weeks ago, two new ThinkPad models with the model-numbers A275 and A475 surfaced on several certification-sites. Now both have been made official. In the shadow of the yearly fair IFA, AMD and Lenovo announced both models as part of a new AMD push into the business-market. Alongside announced was AMD Dash, a feature comparable to Intel vPro.
A little bit disappointing is the choice of CPUs: A275 and A475 will use the older Bristol-Ridge APUs instead of the new Raven-Ridge APU generation, which is based on AMD Ryzen. The reason for that choice: Raven-Ridge isn´t quite ready just yet and Raven-Ridge for business-notebooks won´t launch until early 2018.
It can be presumed that Lenovo will update the new ThinkPads next year after the new ThinkPad line was established this year. Design wise, A275 and A475 are build upon two ThinkPads we already know: The ThinkPad X270 and the ThinkPad T470. Hardware differences aside from the different CPU/GPU are sparse. One such difference is the USB C port on the A475: Its corresponding Intel ThinkPad T470 has Thunderbolt 3, the A475 doesn´t have this more powerful port. Also, the A275 looses the mechanical bottom-docking-port (the A475 still has it).
So far no release-date and no prices have been announced for the new ThinkPads, but its said that the prices will be comparable with the Intel equipped models.