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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 now official, is the manufacturer's thinnest mobile workstation yet

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 now official, is the manufacturer's thinnest mobile workstation yet
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 now official, is the manufacturer's thinnest mobile workstation yet
Expect the same ThinkPad carbon fiber and magnesium alloy finish but in a newer design inspired by the ThinkPad X1 Carbon series. Intel 8th gen Xeon and Quadro GPUs complete the package, but the high starting price of just under $2000 USD may turn off some workstation users.

After a series of leaks, Lenovo has finally let the cat out of the bag. The ThinkPad P1 will be the company's next 15.6-inch narrow-bezel mobile workstation designed to compete directly against the XPS 15-inspired Dell Precision 5530.

The new chassis design is an evolution of the existing ThinkPad P52s. The system deviates from its older sibling by being thinner (18.4 mm vs. 20.2 mm), lighter (1.7 kg vs 2.0 kg), and with no dedicated NumPad. CPU and GPU options now include Intel 8th gen Xeon and Nvidia Quadro P2000 graphics, respectively, with a more capable 135 W AC adapter to power the unit. Both 1080p and 4K UHD panels return with the latter now incorporating touchscreen features. The hot-swap battery, however, is now gone in favor of an internal 80 Wh solution.

The ThinkPad P1 will become available by the end of this month for a steep starting price of $1950 USD and we'll likely see more of it at IFA 2018. It's worth noting that the competing Precision 5530 starts at $1500 USD with similar Core, Xeon, and Quadro options as the ThinkPad P1 sans ECC RAM. The ThinkPad P1 announcement is joined by the reveal of the 17.3-inch ThinkPad P72 with similar features.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1Dell Precision 5530
Display

15.6-inch
FHD IPS, 300 nits or
4K UHD IPS, 400 nits, Touchscreen, 100% AdobeRGB 

15.6-inch
FHD IPS, or
4K UHD IPS, Touchscreen, 100% AdobeRGB
CPUIntel 8th gen Core (up to i9) or XeonIntel 8th gen Core (up to i9) or Xeon
RAMUp to 64 GB DDR4 ECC (2x SODIMM)Up to 32 GB non-ECC (2x SODIMM)
StorageUp to 4 TB NVMe SSD (RAID 0,1)Up to 1 TB NVMe SSD + 2.5-inch 2 TB SATA III HDD
Connectivity2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, Mini RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio, Smart card reader, SD readerThunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, 3.5 mm audio, SD reader
Battery80 Wh56 Wh or 97 Wh
Dimensions361.8 x 245.7 x 18.4 mm357 x 235.3 x 16.8 mm
Weight1.7 kg and up1.78 kg and up
MSRP$1950 USD and up$1520 USD and up
(Source: Lenovo)
(Source: Lenovo)

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-13 (Update: 2018-08-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.