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Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor
Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor
Since a few months, the name "ThinkPad P1" has been a mystery. Today, a first picture emerged, which shows a ThinkPad with a 15.6-inch screen without a numpad. Potentially, this could be Lenovo's competitor to the Dell XPS 15 and the Dell Precision 5530.

When we reported on a leaked Lenovo ThinkPad roadmap in January, a mysterious product name was included in this leaked document: The ThinkPad P1. It was completely unclear what this product would be, as there were no pictures nor specifications.

Today, a first picture that shows the ThinkPad P1 in the wild has surfaced. The source of this picture is reddit – or more specifically, the ThinkPad subreddit. The picture shows a ThinkPad laptop with a matte 16:9 15.6-inch screen. The bezels around the screen are very thin, similar to the Dell XPS 15, although Lenovo still places the webcam above the display. Another similarity to the XPS: The keyboard is centered, as the P1 does not have a dedicated numpad – the new model with this design that Lenovo teased a few months ago is apparently the ThinkPad P1.

The picture not only shows parallels to the Dell XPS 15, but also similarities to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018. The power-button looks exactly like the power-button of the X1, the ThinkPad P1 also bears the same blacked-out ThinkPad logo. Meanwhile, the hinge-design is different from the X1 and closer to the Dell XPS 15.

Those are all the details visible in the picture, although the user who took this picture at a trade-show posted some additional details about the new laptop – at this point, we can not verify if those informations are true. Apparently, the P1 has two USB C ports (unclear if Thunderbolt 3 enabled or not) as well as Ethernet and HDMI. It is charged via Lenovo's proprietary Slim-Tip power connector. The battery is internal, as the ThinkPad P1 is much thinner than the ThinkPad P52.

According to the user, the shown pre-production model used the Intel Core i5-8305G as its CPU – if Lenovo truly uses this Kaby-Lake-G quad-core CPU, this would also mean that the P1 would use the AMD Radeon RX Vega M as its GPU. This would certainly be a surprise, as all ThinkPads of the P series utilized Nvidia Quadro graphics until now.

Hopefully, we will soon learn if those specifications are accurate. Judging from the fact that Lenovo already shows the ThinkPad P1 at public trade-shows, an official release can not be too far away.


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Benjamin Herzig, 2018-06-29 (Update: 2019-04-30)