MWC 2022 | Lenovo ThinkPad T14 G3 & ThinkPad T16: New workhorses with 16:10 & easier maintenance
Since the year 2000, the ThinkPad T series is the backbone of the lineup. When it was first released, IBM was still in charge of the business laptop brand. That is quite a while ago, and Lenovo has since taken over the ThinkPads. With the new 2022er model of the T series, Lenovo is reversing a development of the last decade: 16:10 returns and replaces 16:9. The last 16:10 ThinkPad before the new models was the ThinkPad T410 from 2010.
With the step back to 16:10, Lenovo also completely redesigns the platform. ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 and T16 Gen 1 are not simply the old models fitted with taller screens.
ThinkPad T14 G3 and T16: New chassis easier to open, with less key travel
Repairability is a hot topic again, especially since the release of the Framework laptop. The ThinkPads of the last years often were middling in this aspect. The ThinkPad T14 G2 for example had an easily replaceable keyboard, but accessing the internals was no simple task. With the new models, Lenovo keeps the user replaceable keyboard, but makes opening the bottom cover easier. Speaking of the chassis: T14 G3 and T16 use more magnesium than their predecessors, as now the palmrest is made out of the lightweight metal.
While these steps can be seen as improvements, we would see the keyboard change as a downgrade. Instead of 1.8 mm travel, the new T ThinkPads now offer 1.5 mm. This is not the only change to the input devices, the touchpad width increases to 115 mm.
New battery options, 2.2K and 2.5K LCDs, RJ45 stays around: T14 Gen 3 & ThinkPad T16 Gen 1
Besides the outward changes, Lenovo puts some work into the internals, too. ThinkPad T14 G3 and T16 G1 now have two internal battery options instead of one like their predecessors. For the ThinkPad T14 G3, there is a choice between a 39.3 Wh battery, which is supposed to reduce the weight by 230 g, or a 52.5 Wh battery. The bigger T16 can be bought with the same 52.5 Wh option, or an much bigger 86 Wh battery. To offer fast charging for this battery, Lenovo is introducing a new 135 USB C charger.
As far as the LCDs are concerned, there are the same options as for the predecessor, but now in 16:10. New is a 2.2K LCD for the T14 G3 (2,240 x 1,400), while the ThinkPad T16 will be offered with a 2.5K screen (2,560 x 1,600).
In accordance with their workhorse moniker, ThinkPad T14 G3 and T16 G1 keep the RJ45 Ethernet port. On the other hand, the mechanical side docking port is gone, the same is true for the microSD slot. Somewhat disappointing: Lenovo does not adopt the USB 4.0 standard for the AMD based models.
ThinkPad T14 G3 & T16 G1: AMD variants surprisingly without upgradable RAM
Up until now, the standard models of the T series had eight to sixteen GB of soldered RAM plus a SO-DIMM slot. This is still the case for the ThinkPad T14 G3 Intel and T16 G1 Intel. These two models can be upgraded to up to 48 GB DDR4-3200 memory. Strangely, Lenovo chooses a different approach for the AMD variations of the new models: The Lenovo ThinkPad T14 G3 AMD and T16 G1 AMD are using LPDDR5-6400.
This type of RAM is much faster, which will help to improve the performance of the integrated AMD Radeon GPU; LP RAM is also more energy efficient. However, it is always completely soldered, which means ThinkPad T14 G3 AMD and T16 G1 AMD will top out at 32 GB of RAM.
While the models with AMD Ryzen 6000 clearly emphasize their integrated GPU, the Intel models are doing the opposite. For the first time, Lenovo will be offering a normal T series ThinkPad with a RTX GPU, even though it is "only" the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050.
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 G3 & T16 G1: Pricing & availability
The ThinkPad T16 G1 AMD and T14 G3 AMD will both start at $1,300. Their Intel counterparts will be slightly more expensive, with the T14 G3 Intel starting at $1,400 and the T16 G1 Intel at $1,420. Both the Intel model will be available in April, while the new AMD T series will not arrive until June.
|CPU||12th Gen Intel Core i vPro / AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 (20 W)||Battery||39.3 or 52.5 Wh, Rapid Charge|
AMD: Up to 32 GB LPDDR5-6400 (on board)
Intel: Up to 48 GB DDR4-3200, 1x SO-DIMM, up to 16 GB on-board
|Security||Match-on-Chip FPR in Power Button, dTPM 2.0, Kensington Lock Slot|
|Storage||Up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD||Ports||2x USB C (Intel: 2x Thunderbolt 4; AMD: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1), 2x USB A 3.2 Gen1, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 3.5mm Audio, RJ45|
AMD: Integrated AMD Radeon 600M
Intel Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics / Nvidia GeForce MX550 / GeForce RTX 2050
Full size keyboard, 1.5mm travel, backlit, 115mm Trackpad, TrackPoint w/buttons
ThinkPad T16 G1 only: Numpad
|Audio||Dolby Audio Speaker System, Dolby Voice, Dual Array Mics||Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 4G LTE CAT 16, 5G CAT 20, NFC (optional)|
14 inch or 16 inch, 16:10 aspect ratio
- WUXGA IPS (Touch optional), 300 cd/m², 45 % NTSC, Matte
- WUXGA IPS Low Power, 400 cd/m², 100 % sRGB, Matte
- WUXGA IPS Touch, 500 cd/m², 100 % sRGB, Matte, Privacy Guard
- 2.2K IPS, 300 cd/m², 100 % sRGB, Matte (14 inch only)
- WQXGA/2.5K IPS, 400 cd/m², 100 % sRGB, Matte (16 inch only)
- WQUXGA IPS Touch, 500 cd/m², 100 % DCI-P3, Semi Glossy
ThinkPad T14 G3: 1,36 kg, 317.7 x 226.9 x 17.9 mm
ThinkPad T16 G1: 1.69 kg, 361.9 x 255.5 x 19.5 mm (Intel model: 20.5 mm Z height)