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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1 Laptop review: Introducing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3

The ARM ThinkPad. For the first time, Lenovo is introducing a ThinkPad laptop with an ARM processor to the market. The ThinkPad X13s is silent and offers a long battery life thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. However, the concept still has some weaknesses, and particularly the performance continues to need some improvements.

Until now, ThinkPads and the x86 architecture have been tightly connected. Aside from a brief excursion towards PowerPCs in the 90s under the IBM label, ThinkPad laptops always used an Intel or AMD processor. But the tech sector is on the move, and Qualcomm is attempting to take some of the market share away from the top dogs of the PC segment.

Until now, Windows on ARM hasn't been a success yet, which aside from the lack of performance has been mainly due to the bad app compatibility. While the latter has slightly improved with Windows 11, for the performance capabilities, there is now the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, which is introduced for the first time in the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s. This is also the first ARM ThinkPad and the first fan-less design from Lenovo, which might also make the 13.3-inch laptop an interesting competitor to also passively cooled the Apple MacBook Air.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 8 x 2.4 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78
Graphics adapter
Memory
32 GB 
, LPDDR4X-4266, on-board, dual channel
Display
13.30 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 170 PPI, NV133WUM-N61 , a-Si IPS LED, glossy: no
Storage
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ, 512 GB 
, M.2 2242, NVMe PCIe 3.0
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio port, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Qualcomm WCN685x (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.4 x 298.7 x 206.4 ( = 0.53 x 11.76 x 8.13 in)
Battery
49.5 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Camera
Webcam: 5.0 Megapixel MIPI RGB + IR
Additional features
Speakers: 2 Watt stereo, Keyboard: 6 row 95%, 1.35 mm travel , Keyboard Light: yes, 65 Watt USB C charger, Lenovo Commercial Vantage, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.141 kg ( = 40.25 oz / 2.52 pounds), Power Supply: 368 g ( = 12.98 oz / 0.81 pounds)
Price
2110 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.7 %
10/2022
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
SD 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
1.1 kg13.4 mm13.30"1920x1200
90.6 %
11/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
R5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
1.4 kg18.19 mm13.30"1920x1200
92.3 %
07/2022
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2, M2 8-Core GPU
1.2 kg11.3 mm13.60"2560x1664
91 %
08/2022
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg16.3 mm13.50"1920x1280
88.2 %
08/2022
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.2 kg14 mm13.40"1920x1200
88.9 %
09/2022
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
958 g14.4 mm13.00"2160x1350

Case: Magnesium ThinkPad in dark gray

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Camera bulge
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Camera bulge

While in earlier days, the s models of the X series used to come in almost the same designs as their regular counterparts, Lenovo uses a unique design for the ThinkPad X13s, which stands out significantly from other ThinkPads such as the ThinkPad X13 G2. One commonality is still the dark gray case color that Lenovo uses for almost all ThinkPads at this point. Compared to the black cases of older ThinkPads, this leads to less visible fingerprints on the case.

But the similarities already end in the design language: The case of the X13s is more rounded overall, with rounded corners and edges. In contrast to many other current ThinkPad laptops, it also isn't tapered toward the front. This is something the X13s shares with the ThinkPad Z13, just like the camera bulge on the display lid, which also makes a practical handle to open the cover. However, the display opening angle is limited to only 135 degrees in the ThinkPad X13s, which is unusual for a ThinkPad.

The case is made from a glass-fiber plastic and magnesium mix, as often used in ThinkPads. But interestingly, Lenovo uses this concept in a different way than in the regular ThinkPad X13, for example: In the ThinkPad X13s, not the display lid but part of the base unit is made from glass fiber. The display lid is made of black lacquered magnesium, which makes the display unit fairly robust and resistant to warping. In terms of its stability, the base unit also doesn't give much reason for complaint, even if aluminum designs have some advantages in terms of stiffness to resist warping.

Thanks to its slim display bezels, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is slightly more compact than many competitors. But only the Dell XPS 13 9315 is really much smaller. In terms of weight, the ThinkPad X13s G1 is also one of the lighter devices, although the ThinkPad X1 Nano is even lighter.

Size Comparison

305.8 mm / 12 inch 217.06 mm / 8.55 inch 18.19 mm / 0.716 inch 1.4 kg3.18 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 11.3 mm / 0.4449 inch 1.2 kg2.68 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 16.3 mm / 0.642 inch 1.2 kg2.57 lbs298.7 mm / 11.8 inch 206.4 mm / 8.13 inch 13.4 mm / 0.528 inch 1.1 kg2.52 lbs295.4 mm / 11.6 inch 199.4 mm / 7.85 inch 14 mm / 0.551 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs293.2 mm / 11.5 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 14.4 mm / 0.567 inch 958 g2.11 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment: Lenovo laptop without HDMI but with 5G

In contrast to the regular ThinkPad X13, the ThinkPad X13s forgoes legacy ports such as USB-A and HDMI. Instead, the connection equipment is similarly reduced as that of the ThinkPad X1 Nano, with the ThinkPad X13s not offering Thunderbolt or USB 4 either. The maximum the ARM ThinkPad delivers is USB 3.2 Gen 2. But at least, the two USB-C ports can also be used as DisplayPort or for charging the device.

Left: 2x USB C 3.2 Gen 2
Left: 2x USB C 3.2 Gen 2
Right: 3.5mm audio, nanoSIM, Kensington Lock
Right: 3.5mm audio, nanoSIM, Kensington Lock

Communication

The first of the two communication modules is the Qualcomm WCN685x. This 2x2 module is supposed to support the WiFi 6E standard, but in our test unit, the corresponding benchmarks resulted in extremely low values, so the WiFi 6E mode didn't really work right. Fortunately, at least the regular WiFi 6 worked without a hitch, and the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s achieved high transfer rates here.

As a second option to connect to the Internet, there is also WWAN in form of the Qualcomm X55 5G modem. While there are generally mmWave and also Sub6 models, the X13s here doesn't have mmWave. In addition, you have to be aware that there are also models without WWAN and you cannot install 5G afterwards, if it isn't included in the beginning.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1682 (1619min - 1710max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1424 - 1771, n=12, last 2 years)
1632 MBit/s ∼97%
Average Qualcomm WCN685x
  (886 - 1771, n=6)
1597 MBit/s ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1424 (1057min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼85%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1331 (1021min - 1387max) MBit/s ∼79%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm WCN685x
1749 (1715min - 1769max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Qualcomm WCN685x
  (852 - 1749, n=6)
1576 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (353 - 1749, n=15, last 2 years)
1390 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
945 (924min, 924.87P1 - 968max) MBit/s ∼54% -46%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm WCN685x
1745 (1683min - 1799max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Qualcomm WCN685x
  (1398 - 1780, n=6)
1624 MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 1780, n=15, last 2 years)
1305 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
865 (856min, 856.29P1 - 874max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average Qualcomm WCN685x
  (1559 - 1892, n=6)
1769 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1130 - 1735, n=12, last 2 years)
1419 MBit/s ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1253 (1120min - 1451max) MBit/s ∼71%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1216 (655min - 1350max) MBit/s ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1182 (1106min - 1250max) MBit/s ∼67%
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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1745 (1683-1799)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1748 (1715-1769)

Webcam

With its dedicated bulge, the camera is a design feature of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s that stands out. With a resolution of 5 Megapixels, it offers one of the highest resolutions of the current ThinkPads. The quality of the recordings is indeed worth seeing, and it is a good webcam for a laptop.

ColorChecker
36 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
17 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
34 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
25.3 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
17 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
20.9 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE: 18.54 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 35.96 ∆E

Security

In addition to the obligatory fingerprint reader that is integrated into the power button here, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s also offers a Kensington Lock on the right side, which in combination with the corresponding lock can protect the laptop from getting stolen. There is also an infrared camera in the display lid, which can be used for secure login via Windows Hello as an alternative to the fingerprint reader.

Accessories

Besides the ThinkPad laptop, the box only includes the 65-Watt charger. In terms of docking: Since the laptop lacks Thunderbolt, you cannot use docks with this standard. On its "Smartfind" accessory website, Lenovo only lists a USB-C dock as compatible with the ThinkPad X13s (ThinkPad Universal USB-C Dock).

Maintenance

It is relatively easy to open the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1. There are a total of 6 screws on the bottom that have to be removed. The screws remain in the bottom cover, so they cannot get lost. The service cover is also secured with a few clips on the back, but those can easily be loosened with a plastic prying tool.

Since the working memory is soldered in, the ThinkPad laptop doesn't offer many upgrade options. The M.2-2242 SSD can be replaced, but only with a model without chips at the bottom of the module. In the state of delivery, the SSD and the 5G module are hidden underneath a copper heat sink, but that can easily be removed by loosening 2 screws. 

A difference to the ThinkPad X13 Gen 3: The keyboard of the X13s cannot be easily replaced by the user.

ThinkPad X13s: A glance inside
ThinkPad X13s: A glance inside
ThinkPad X13s: M.2 2242 SSD and WWAN module
ThinkPad X13s: M.2 2242 SSD and WWAN module

Warranty

By default, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s includes a standard 3-year warranty that includes pickup-and-return service. In the case of requiring service, the device is picked up and repaired by the manufacturer. As a business device, on-site service is also available as an optional upgrade, in addition to accident insurance and an extended battery warranty. The warranty can also be extended up to five years. (When purchased in Germany) the warranty of the X13s is primarily valid only in Germany (i.e., the country where you purchased it), but as business laptops, ThinkPads also have an international bring-in warranty for the warranty period.

Input Devices: ThinkPad TrackPoint with some unusual problems

Keyboard

Just like the regular ThinkPad X13 and the ThinkPad X1 Nano G2, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 also has a keyboard with a reduced 95% size layout. This means that the width of some keys on the right side is significantly reduced, the top key row is less tall, the keyboard has one less key than the 14-inch ThinkPads (the Insert key), and all the keys are overall minimally smaller. In terms of the typing experience, the backlit keyboard of the X13s corresponds more to that of the X1 Nano than the X13, since the key stroke is 1.35 mm (~0.05 in). With this, the X13s is at the lower end of the current ThinkPad lineup. But don't understand me wrong - this is an excellent keyboard. It only isn't quite able to keep up with those of the larger ThinkPads, since it just lacks a slight amount of the depth.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1 keyboard area
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1 keyboard area
Backlit keyboard (level 2 of 2)
Backlit keyboard (level 2 of 2)

Touchpad and TrackPoint

At 11.5 x 5.6 cm (~4.5 x 2.2 in), the touchpad is relatively large. The surface of the ClickPad is made of mylar plastic, which Lenovo calls "glass like." It is indeed very smooth and at least looks like glass and makes it very easy to slide your fingers. The mechanics get a similarly good evaluation. The ClickPad can be clicked in the bottom area, the clicks are muted, and the touchpad doesn't wobble. The software features (accuracy, gestures) also give no reason for complaint. It is a good touchpad, even if it isn't at the highest level.

Alternatively, there is also the TrackPoint, allowing you to move the mouse pointer via pressing on the red pointing stick. The three keys above the touchpad belong to the TrackPoint. As usual, this is a very good alternative to the touchpad, once you got used to it. However, in the ThinkPad X13s the TrackPoint isn't quite as good as in other ThinkPads: the mouse pointer is unfortunately slightly wobbly and not completely smooth, at least in our test unit.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1: Touchpad + TrackPoint
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1: Touchpad + TrackPoint

The display of the Lenovo ThinkPad could be brighter

Subpixel gid Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1
Subpixel gid Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1
Hardly any backlight bleeding (here displayed amplified)
Hardly any backlight bleeding (here displayed amplified)

As often with ThinkPad laptops, there are also several display options for the ThinkPad X13s. However, all the available 13.3-inch displays in the 16:10 format have the same resolution of WUXGA (1920 x 1080 pixels). In addition, all the panels have a matte surface in common. The differences are in the detail:

  • Option 1: 300 cd/m², 100% sRGB
  • Option 2: 300 cd/m², 72% NTSC, on-cell multi-touch
  • Option 3: 400 cd/m², 100% sRGB, low power

So far so good, and the basic panel of our test unit just barely misses the promised 300 cd/m². At only 293 cd/m², it is the darkest display in our comparison, so Lenovo clearly cut some corners with the display here.

287
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
NV133WUM-N61
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 307 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 293.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3.84 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 307 cd/m²
Contrast: 1335:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.21
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
NV133WUM-N61 , a-Si IPS LED, 1920x1200, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
NV133WUM-N61, IPS LED, 1920x1200, 13.30
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Chi Mei CMN13C0, IPS, 1920x1280, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Sharp SHP1548 LQ134N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
P101ZFZ-BH2, IPS, 2160x1350, 13.00
Display
Display P3 Coverage
70.1
98.4
68
69
66.2
sRGB Coverage
99.4
99.9
98.3
100
96.1
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
71.3
87.6
69.9
71
68.3
Response Times
-27%
-33%
-96%
-38%
-55%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
27 ?(11.6, 15.4)
34 ?(17, 17)
-26%
32.9 ?(17.8, 15.1)
-22%
50.8 ?(27.2, 23.6)
-88%
40 ?(20, 20)
-48%
43.6 ?(22, 21.6)
-61%
Response Time Black / White *
17.3 ?(8.8, 8.5)
22 ?(11, 11)
-27%
24.9 ?(10.4, 14.5)
-44%
35.2 ?(18.8, 16.4)
-103%
22 ?(9, 13)
-27%
25.6 ?(13.2, 12.4)
-48%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-4%
12%
-15%
-30%
-64%
Brightness middle
307
309
1%
526
71%
387.2
26%
466
52%
469.6
53%
Brightness
293
297
1%
486
66%
360
23%
442
51%
460
57%
Brightness Distribution
93
81
-13%
87
-6%
80
-14%
89
-4%
94
1%
Black Level *
0.23
0.26
-13%
0.38
-65%
0.26
-13%
0.4
-74%
0.37
-61%
Contrast
1335
1188
-11%
1384
4%
1489
12%
1165
-13%
1269
-5%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
1.6
-14%
1.3
7%
2.36
-69%
3.03
-116%
4.85
-246%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.4
3
32%
2.7
39%
4.79
-9%
6.68
-52%
7.62
-73%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
2
-18%
2
-18%
3
-76%
3.12
-84%
5.7
-235%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.24 98%
2.25 98%
2.17 101%
2.41 91%
2.13 103%
CCT
6630 98%
6315 103%
6858 95%
6137 106%
6418 101%
6931 94%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.8
0.7
0.63
2.34
1.22
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -9%
-11% / 3%
-56% / -31%
-34% / -32%
-60% / -62%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Color Space
Color Space

Due to a lack of drivers, we were unfortunately unable to calibrate the display of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s. The basic measurements using CalMan and the X-Rite i1Pro 2 Colorimeter worked fine. At least, the deviation from the ideal values were not extremely high in the state of delivery, so that the Delta-E values also turned out relatively low even without a calibration. 

We also had to forego the regular measurement of the color space values. However, using CalMan we measured a 99.7% coverage of the sRGB color space, but only in the less wide 2D union.

Outdoors (in the shade)
Outdoors (in the shade)

Outdoors, the low brightness values of the display already make things difficult, even with the matte surface. You should definitely avoid direct sunlight.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.8 ms rise
↘ 8.5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 15.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Looking at it from the side or at an angle from the top or bottom, the display loses some of the brightness. Otherwise, the viewing angle stability of the IPS LCD screen doesn't give any reason for complaint.

Performance: Qualcomm achieved some progress but no breakthrough yet

With x86 ThinkPads, customers almost always have a choice among various processors. However, this is not the case in the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1, which always includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. Its integrated graphics chip handles the graphics acceleration. The working memory is soldered in, and there are either 8, 16, or 32 GB of LPDDR4X storage. A single M.2-2242 SSD serves as the storage solution.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO

Test Conditions

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 doesn't offer any different power modes, and you can also not read the TDP of the processor with HWiNFO as usual. According to Qualcomm, the processor has a TDP of 7 watts.

As in all the Windows on ARM (WoA) devices before, there are several benchmarks that don't work. But at least we can say, that with Windows 11 and the 64-Bit emulation, now significantly more benchmarks are able to run.

Processor

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xc Gen 3, the processor that was designed by Qualcomm particularly for PCs goes into its third generation, just like the name says. Like the current Intel Alder Lake CPUs, this ARM processor also has two kinds of cores: 4 Performance cores (up to 3 GHz) and 4 Efficiency cores (up to 2.4 GHz). You can find more in-depth benchmark comparisons with other processors in our CPU list.

Even if Qualcomm made some progress here, there is still a lot of work that remains for the CPU manufacturer before it can catch up to Intel, AMD, and Apple. The difference turns out particularly stark in the single-core performance, where all the other comparison laptops are more than twice as fast. The x86 chips and ARM CPUs are also significantly faster in terms of the performance under load on several cores. Even the Intel Core-1230U of the Dell XPS 13 9315, which is limited to 10 watts, is still about 25% faster in the Cinebench-R23 Multicore test.

The CPU performance is not additionally limited in battery operation.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
90.7 pt ∼91%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry -5!
Apple M2
76.8 pt ∼77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
74.5 pt ∼75%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
73.5 pt ∼74%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
71.4 pt ∼71%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U -4!
Intel Core i5-1230U
64.4 pt ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
31.3 pt ∼31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
31.3 pt ∼31%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
8667 Points ∼100% +145%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
8632 (7024.83min - 8632.3max) Points ∼100% +144%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
7140 Points ∼82% +102%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (965 - 14917, n=94, last 2 years)
6871 Points ∼79% +94%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
6145 (5739.99min - 6144.82max) Points ∼71% +74%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
4402 Points ∼51% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
3534 Points ∼41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
3534 Points ∼41% 0%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
1675 Points ∼100% +180%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
1585 Points ∼95% +165%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
1529 Points ∼91% +156%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (409 - 1796, n=95, last 2 years)
1389 Points ∼83% +132%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
1363 Points ∼81% +128%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1310 Points ∼78% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
598 Points ∼36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
598 Points ∼36% 0%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
3283 Points ∼100% +305%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
2771 Points ∼84% +242%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 5762, n=94, last 2 years)
2645 Points ∼81% +227%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
2365 Points ∼72% +192%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
2231 Points ∼68% +175%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1653 Points ∼50% +104%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
810 Points ∼25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
810 Points ∼25% 0%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
641 Points ∼100% +189%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
586 Points ∼91% +164%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
531 Points ∼83% +139%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (159 - 701, n=95, last 2 years)
531 Points ∼83% +139%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
469 Points ∼73% +111%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
222 Points ∼35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
222 Points ∼35% 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
216 Points ∼34% -3%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
1600 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
1600 Seconds * ∼100% -0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
713 Seconds * ∼45% +55%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (253 - 2583, n=93, last 2 years)
560 Seconds * ∼35% +65%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
484 Seconds * ∼30% +70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
422 Seconds * ∼26% +74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
296 Seconds * ∼19% +81%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
46474 MIPS ∼100% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
35665 MIPS ∼77% +120%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7436 - 54374, n=89, last 2 years)
30649 MIPS ∼66% +89%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
30561 MIPS ∼66% +88%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
20092 MIPS ∼43% +24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
16223 MIPS ∼35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
16223 MIPS ∼35% 0%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
5621 MIPS ∼100% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
5081 MIPS ∼90% +31%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
4976 MIPS ∼89% +28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2197 - 5833, n=89, last 2 years)
4878 MIPS ∼87% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
3874 MIPS ∼69%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
3874 MIPS ∼69% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
3873 MIPS ∼69% 0%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
10384 Points ∼100% +133%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
8951 Points ∼86% +101%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
8096 Points ∼78% +82%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
6755 Points ∼65% +52%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1024 - 11434, n=85, last 2 years)
6303 Points ∼61% +41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
5788 Points ∼56% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
4457 Points ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
4457 Points ∼43% 0%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2
1914 Points ∼100% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
1799 Points ∼94% +21%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1640 Points ∼86% +10%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
1515 Points ∼79% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
1486 Points ∼78%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
1486 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1937, n=85, last 2 years)
1451 Points ∼76% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
1353 Points ∼71% -9%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
9.62 fps ∼100% +541%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
9.27 fps ∼96% +518%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1.02 - 14.8, n=84, last 2 years)
8.23 fps ∼86% +449%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
7.76 fps ∼81% +417%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
1.5 fps ∼16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
1.5 fps ∼16% 0%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
115.5 s * ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
115.5 s * ∼100% -0%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
61.6 s * ∼53% +47%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (40.1 - 157, n=88, last 2 years)
56.4 s * ∼49% +51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
52.7 s * ∼46% +54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
45.7 s * ∼40% +60%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
1.011 sec * ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
1.011 sec * ∼100% -0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.4587 - 1.649, n=88, last 2 years)
0.608 sec * ∼60% +40%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
0.555 sec * ∼55% +45%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U
0.533 sec * ∼53% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P
0.4735 sec * ∼47% +53%

* ... smaller is better

Performance Rating
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
89.7 pt ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
84.6 pt ∼85%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
79.2 pt ∼79%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
68.7 pt ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
36.5 pt ∼37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
21.1 pt ∼21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
21.1 pt ∼21%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
8274 KRay/s ∼100% +2312%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
7466 KRay/s ∼90% +2077%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 14130, n=83, last 2 years)
7370 KRay/s ∼89% +2049%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
6082 KRay/s ∼74% +1673%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2344 KRay/s ∼28% +583%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
343 KRay/s ∼4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
343 KRay/s ∼4% 0%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
53123 Points ∼100% +263%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
38904 Points ∼73% +166%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5668 - 89691, n=83, last 2 years)
37668 Points ∼71% +157%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
31048 Points ∼58% +112%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
14650 Points ∼28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
14650 Points ∼28% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
11867 Points ∼22% -19%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Average of class Subnotebook
  (355 - 3077, n=83, last 2 years)
1868 MB/s ∼100% +312%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
1829 MB/s ∼98% +304%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1826 MB/s ∼98% +303%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1573 MB/s ∼84% +247%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
772 MB/s ∼41% +70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
453 MB/s ∼24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
453 MB/s ∼24% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
98739 Points ∼100% +539%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
67818 Points ∼69% +339%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
63615 Points ∼64% +312%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (15447 - 101910, n=83, last 2 years)
61670 Points ∼62% +299%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
50709 Points ∼51% +228%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
15447 Points ∼16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
15447 Points ∼16% 0%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
7931 Points ∼100% +548%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1078 - 13309, n=83, last 2 years)
6160 Points ∼78% +404%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
5880 Points ∼74% +381%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
4220 Points ∼53% +245%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2857 Points ∼36% +134%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
1223 Points ∼15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
1223 Points ∼15% 0%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
29311 Points ∼100% +280%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3056 - 49277, n=83, last 2 years)
21037 Points ∼72% +173%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
18907 Points ∼65% +145%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
15475 Points ∼53% +101%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
7704 Points ∼26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
7704 Points ∼26% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
6379 Points ∼22% -17%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
73719 MB/s ∼100% +11455%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (638 - 121917, n=83, last 2 years)
55533 MB/s ∼75% +8604%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
40691 MB/s ∼55% +6278%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
32876 MB/s ∼45% +5053%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
18011 MB/s ∼24% +2723%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
638 MB/s ∼1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
638 MB/s ∼1% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
540 MB/s ∼100% +36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
473 MB/s ∼88% +19%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
471 MB/s ∼87% +18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (117 - 962, n=84, last 2 years)
456 MB/s ∼84% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
398 MB/s ∼74%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
398 MB/s ∼74% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
270 MB/s ∼50% -32%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
4383 KRay/s ∼100% +2049%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
4006 KRay/s ∼91% +1864%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (204 - 7412, n=83, last 2 years)
3953 KRay/s ∼90% +1838%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3246 KRay/s ∼74% +1491%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1328 KRay/s ∼30% +551%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
204 KRay/s ∼5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
204 KRay/s ∼5% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
41009 MPixel/s ∼100% +438%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
38648 MPixel/s ∼94% +407%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6569 - 48416, n=83, last 2 years)
28608 MPixel/s ∼70% +275%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
24133 MPixel/s ∼59% +217%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
17421 MPixel/s ∼42% +129%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
7622 MPixel/s ∼19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
7622 MPixel/s ∼19% 0%

System Performance

While the PCMark 10 benchmark didn't run, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 3 was able to complete the CrossMark benchmark. In this benchmark, which we use to measure the general system performance, the ARM laptop is only about half as fast as its closest x86 competitor. However, we did not think that the ThinkPad X13 seemed slow in everyday operation such as web surfing and Office operation. It is fast enough for these simple application scenarios, and the ThinkPad also ran smoothly with a 4K UHD video in the background.

CrossMark / Overall
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1703 Points ∼100% +137%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
1501 Points ∼88% +109%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1424 Points ∼84% +98%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (718 - 1811, n=41, last 2 years)
1406 Points ∼83% +96%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1312 Points ∼77% +83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
718 Points ∼42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
718 Points ∼42% 0%
CrossMark / Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1621 Points ∼100% +137%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (685 - 1755, n=41, last 2 years)
1395 Points ∼86% +104%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1387 Points ∼86% +102%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
1371 Points ∼85% +100%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1307 Points ∼81% +91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
685 Points ∼42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
685 Points ∼42% 0%
CrossMark / Creativity
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1897 Points ∼100% +144%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
1848 Points ∼97% +138%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1550 Points ∼82% +100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (776 - 1928, n=41, last 2 years)
1485 Points ∼78% +91%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1361 Points ∼72% +75%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
776 Points ∼41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
776 Points ∼41% 0%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1426 Points ∼100% +119%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (652 - 1815, n=41, last 2 years)
1240 Points ∼87% +90%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1193 Points ∼84% +83%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1191 Points ∼84% +83%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
1055 Points ∼74% +62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
652 Points ∼46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
652 Points ∼46% 0%
AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
70828 MB/s ∼100% +72%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
65534 MB/s ∼93% +59%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
53116 MB/s ∼75% +29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12783 - 73486, n=83, last 2 years)
48554 MB/s ∼69% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
41293 MB/s ∼58%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
41293 MB/s ∼58% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
31262 MB/s ∼44% -24%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
72530 MB/s ∼100% +115%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
62550 MB/s ∼86% +85%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
60435 MB/s ∼83% +79%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10258 - 73719, n=83, last 2 years)
50293 MB/s ∼69% +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
36338 MB/s ∼50% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
33757 MB/s ∼47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
33757 MB/s ∼47% 0%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
63977 MB/s ∼100% +30%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
61706 MB/s ∼96% +26%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
58000 MB/s ∼91% +18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10533 - 68247, n=83, last 2 years)
50285 MB/s ∼79% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
49100 MB/s ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
49100 MB/s ∼77% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
27283 MB/s ∼43% -44%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7
113 ns * ∼100% -501%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
105.6 ns * ∼93% -462%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
93.1 ns * ∼82% -395%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (18.8 - 126.5, n=79, last 2 years)
91.6 ns * ∼81% -387%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690
18.8 ns * ∼17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
 
18.8 ns * ∼17% -0%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
0 ns * ∼0% +100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

In contrast to the current Intel and AMD platforms, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 doesn't support PCIe 4.0 yet. The M.2-2242 SSD with a 512 GB capacity that is used here is made by the manufacturer UMIS and has to make do with PCIe 3.0. This also becomes apparent in the benchmarks, since this SSD is clearly the slowest in our comparison, which should become particularly apparent when copying larger amounts of data.

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
Sequential Read: 2291.46MB/s
Sequential Write: 998.17MB/s
4K Read: 36.3MB/s
4K Write: 71.41MB/s
4K-64 Read: 601.19MB/s
4K-64 Write: 568.01MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.087ms
Access Time Write: 0.052ms
Copy ISO: 1315.39MB/s
Copy Program: 712.61MB/s
Copy Game: 1383.62MB/s
Score Read: 867Points
Score Write: 739Points
Score Total: 1993Points
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Average of class Subnotebook
 
79.4 pt ∼79%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
79.3 pt ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
74.4 pt ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
64 pt ∼64%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
 
58.6 pt ∼59%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
57.8 pt ∼58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
48.8 pt ∼49%
DiskSpd
seq read
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (2244 - 3051, n=2)
2648 MB/s ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2511 (2497.75min - 2510.92max) MB/s ∼95% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
2244 (2051.85min - 2244.37max) MB/s ∼85%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
2230 (2101.55min - 2230.47max) MB/s ∼84% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (406 - 4315, n=87, last 2 years)
2221 MB/s ∼84% -1%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1842 (1735.28min - 1841.6max) MB/s ∼70% -18%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1674 (1305.8min - 1673.54max) MB/s ∼63% -25%
seq write
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
2672 (2636.75min - 2672.09max) MB/s ∼100% +97%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2141 (2131.06min - 2140.77max) MB/s ∼80% +58%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (153.3 - 4326, n=88, last 2 years)
2127 MB/s ∼80% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1998 (1932.64min - 1998.17max) MB/s ∼75% +48%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (1353 - 1760, n=2)
1557 MB/s ∼58% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
1353 (1318.27min - 1353.29max) MB/s ∼51%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
153.3 (51.07min - 153.3max) MB/s ∼6% -89%
seq q8 t1 read
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
5601 (4844.63min - 5600.99max) MB/s ∼100% +81%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (469 - 6905, n=86, last 2 years)
3728 MB/s ∼67% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3570 (2532.07min - 3569.76max) MB/s ∼64% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
3475 MB/s ∼62% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
3095 (2836.41min - 3095.4max) MB/s ∼55%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (3049 - 3095, n=2)
3072 MB/s ∼55% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
2847 (2598.42min - 2847.3max) MB/s ∼51% -8%
seq q8 t1 write
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
3996 (3842.89min - 3996.08max) MB/s ∼100% +130%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2949 (2942.92min - 2948.99max) MB/s ∼74% +70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
2921 (2865.76min - 2921.12max) MB/s ∼73% +68%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (60 - 5156, n=87, last 2 years)
2689 MB/s ∼67% +55%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (1734 - 1814, n=2)
1774 MB/s ∼44% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
1734 (1475.35min - 1734.13max) MB/s ∼43%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
60 (36.21min - 59.98max) MB/s ∼2% -97%
4k q1 t1 read
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12.6 - 141.9, n=87, last 2 years)
57.1 MB/s ∼100% +73%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
56.4 (54.89min - 56.4max) MB/s ∼99% +70%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
55.7 (54.91min - 55.74max) MB/s ∼98% +68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
53.6 (53.23min - 53.61max) MB/s ∼94% +62%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
49.1 (47.25min - 49.08max) MB/s ∼86% +48%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (33.1 - 50, n=2)
41.6 MB/s ∼73% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
33.1 (32.28min - 33.05max) MB/s ∼58%
4k q1 t1 write
Average of class Subnotebook
  (41.1 - 333, n=87, last 2 years)
153.8 MB/s ∼100% +131%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
150.7 (149.3min - 150.73max) MB/s ∼98% +126%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
122.9 (48.29min - 122.86max) MB/s ∼80% +84%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
122.8 (118.4min - 122.83max) MB/s ∼80% +84%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (66.7 - 139.5, n=2)
103.1 MB/s ∼67% +55%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
103 (102.14min - 103.36max) MB/s ∼67% +54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
66.7 (63.94min - 66.65max) MB/s ∼43%
4k q32 t16 read
Average of class Subnotebook
  (162 - 3484, n=87, last 2 years)
1161 MB/s ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
967 (896.77min - 967.07max) MB/s ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
959 (891.21min - 958.6max) MB/s ∼83% -1%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (721 - 967, n=2)
844 MB/s ∼73% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
787 (757.42min - 787.17max) MB/s ∼68% -19%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
669 (572min - 669.2max) MB/s ∼58% -31%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
360 (359.2min - 360.37max) MB/s ∼31% -63%
4k q32 t16 write
Average of class Subnotebook
  (130 - 2554, n=87, last 2 years)
810 MB/s ∼100% +104%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
429 (403.04min - 428.8max) MB/s ∼53% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
398 (311.17min - 397.76max) MB/s ∼49%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (341 - 398, n=2)
370 MB/s ∼46% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
354 (337.45min - 353.86max) MB/s ∼44% -11%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
340 (298.75min - 340.3max) MB/s ∼42% -15%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
157 (49.71min - 157max) MB/s ∼19% -61%
AS SSD
Score Total
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
3902 Points ∼100% +96%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
3864 Points ∼99% +94%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (545 - 8363, n=84, last 2 years)
3856 Points ∼99% +93%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
3058 Points ∼78% +53%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (1993 - 3311, n=2)
2652 Points ∼68% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
2403 Points ∼62% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
1993 Points ∼51%
Score Read
Average of class Subnotebook
  (199 - 3512, n=84, last 2 years)
1454 Points ∼100% +68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1244 Points ∼86% +43%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1238 Points ∼85% +43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1108 Points ∼76% +28%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (867 - 1105, n=2)
986 Points ∼68% +14%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
907 Points ∼62% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
867 Points ∼60%
Score Write
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
2117 Points ∼100% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2086 Points ∼99% +182%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1741 Points ∼82% +136%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (251 - 3765, n=84, last 2 years)
1705 Points ∼81% +131%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (739 - 1707, n=2)
1223 Points ∼58% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
755 Points ∼36% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
739 Points ∼35%
Seq Read
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
4698.96 MB/s ∼100% +105%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2936 MB/s ∼62% +28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (447 - 5546, n=84, last 2 years)
2910 MB/s ∼62% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
2805 MB/s ∼60% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
2578.59 MB/s ∼55% +13%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (2291 - 2723, n=2)
2507 MB/s ∼53% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
2291.46 MB/s ∼49%
Seq Write
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1954.78 MB/s ∼100% +96%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (277 - 3955, n=84, last 2 years)
1745 MB/s ∼89% +75%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
1686.36 MB/s ∼86% +69%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1457 MB/s ∼75% +46%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1310 MB/s ∼67% +31%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (998 - 1128, n=2)
1063 MB/s ∼54% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
998.17 MB/s ∼51%
4K Read
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
61 MB/s ∼100% +68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
60.5 MB/s ∼99% +67%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8.95 - 84.8, n=84, last 2 years)
56.1 MB/s ∼92% +55%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
54.52 MB/s ∼89% +50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
47.96 MB/s ∼79% +32%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (36.3 - 52.7, n=2)
44.5 MB/s ∼73% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
36.3 MB/s ∼60%
4K Write
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
220 MB/s ∼100% +208%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
183.75 MB/s ∼84% +157%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (48 - 294, n=84, last 2 years)
158.5 MB/s ∼72% +122%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
156.67 MB/s ∼71% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
110.6 MB/s ∼50% +55%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (71.4 - 147.5, n=2)
109.5 MB/s ∼50% +53%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
71.41 MB/s ∼32%
4K-64 Read
Average of class Subnotebook
  (145 - 2938, n=84, last 2 years)
1107 MB/s ∼100% +84%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
903 MB/s ∼82% +50%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
789.86 MB/s ∼71% +31%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
713.5 MB/s ∼64% +19%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (601 - 780, n=2)
691 MB/s ∼62% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
601.19 MB/s ∼54%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
565 MB/s ∼51% -6%
4K-64 Write
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
1829 MB/s ∼100% +222%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1764.74 MB/s ∼96% +211%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1389 MB/s ∼76% +145%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (157.4 - 3196, n=84, last 2 years)
1372 MB/s ∼75% +142%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (568 - 1446, n=2)
1007 MB/s ∼55% +77%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
568.01 MB/s ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
402.96 MB/s ∼22% -29%
Access Time Read
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
0.093 ms * ∼100% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
0.087 ms * ∼94%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (0.081 - 0.087, n=2)
0.084 ms * ∼90% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
0.075 ms * ∼81% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
0.074 ms * ∼80% +15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.021 - 0.5, n=83, last 2 years)
0.07016 ms * ∼75% +19%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
0.043 ms * ∼46% +51%
Access Time Write
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
0.074 ms * ∼100% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
0.064 ms * ∼86% -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.013 - 0.703, n=84, last 2 years)
0.06143 ms * ∼83% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
0.052 ms * ∼70%
Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
  (0.028 - 0.052, n=2)
0.04 ms * ∼54% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
0.034 ms * ∼46% +35%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
0.02 ms * ∼27% +62%

* ... smaller is better

Constant Performance Reading: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE: Ø3100 (2758.17-3124.92)

Graphics Card

In terms of its performance, the integrated Qualcomm GPU of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1 corresponds approximately to an Intel UHD graphics chip. With this, the performance is sufficient for everyday operation but not enough for more difficult tasks. Most games won't even run on the ThinkPad X13s anyways, aside perhaps from games from the Windows Store. If graphics performance is your focus, the ThinkPad laptop is clearly the wrong device.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P
100 pt ∼100%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U
92.1 pt ∼92%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
87.9 pt ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE -1!
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
68.8 pt ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U
60.4 pt ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
48 pt ∼48%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
48 pt ∼48%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P
6937 Points ∼100% +133%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (583 - 16904, n=82, last 2 years)
6272 Points ∼90% +111%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U
6155 Points ∼89% +107%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
5424 Points ∼78% +82%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U
3847 Points ∼55% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
2979 Points ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
2979 Points ∼43% 0%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P
27866 Points ∼100% +102%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U
27360 Points ∼98% +99%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3441 - 65911, n=69, last 2 years)
25697 Points ∼92% +87%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U
19854 Points ∼71% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
13768 Points ∼49%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
13768 Points ∼49% 0%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P
5474 Points ∼100% +93%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U
4954 Points ∼91% +75%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (436 - 12349, n=87, last 2 years)
4543 Points ∼83% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
3611 Points ∼66% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U
3247 Points ∼59% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
2837 Points ∼52%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
2837 Points ∼52% 0%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P
1699 Points ∼100% +109%
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U
1549 Points ∼91% +91%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (341 - 4773, n=84, last 2 years)
1460 Points ∼86% +80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
1060 Points ∼62% +31%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U
945 Points ∼56% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3
811 Points ∼48%
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690
 
811 Points ∼48% 0%
3DMark 11 Performance
3115 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
15415 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11034 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2758 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
909 points
Help
low med. high ultra4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 57.5 54.5 38.8 29.4
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start

Emissions: While the volume is great, the temperatures, not so much

Noise Emissions

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is cooled completely passively, so there is no fan. We also did not notice any other annoying noises.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
Vega 7, R5 PRO 5650U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
Noise
off / environment *
24.17
22.8
26
23.3
Idle Minimum *
24.17
23.2
26
23.9
Idle Average *
24.17
23.2
26
23.9
Idle Maximum *
24.17
23.2
27.5
23.9
Load Average *
29.92
25.1
39.5
23.3
Load Maximum *
31.52
35.2
39.6
40.9
Witcher 3 ultra *
32
39.6
40.9

* ... smaller is better

Temperatures

Without active cooling, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is cooled only passively by radiating the heat. Under low load, this works great. However, in the case of full load, which we simulate in this case with Prime95 (since FurMark doesn't work), the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s gets extremely hot. The maximum temperature of 64.4 ºC (148 ºF) on the bottom could even lead to some slight burns. But of course, this extreme stress test scenario cannot be compared to everyday usage. However, it shows us another reason, why the ThinkPad X13s is not suited for demanding tasks.

Max. Load
 50.5 °C
123 F
59 °C
138 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 50.5 °C
123 F
46.3 °C
115 F
37.9 °C
100 F
 
 32.4 °C
90 F
28.6 °C
83 F
27.1 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 59 °C = 138 F
Average: 41 °C = 106 F
49.9 °C
122 F
64.4 °C
148 F
60.1 °C
140 F
43.9 °C
111 F
51.6 °C
125 F
55.1 °C
131 F
28.4 °C
83 F
35.9 °C
97 F
37.2 °C
99 F
Maximum: 64.4 °C = 148 F
Average: 47.4 °C = 117 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | Fluke 62 Max+
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 59 °C / 138 F, compared to the average of 35.9 °C / 97 F, ranging from 21.4 to 59 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 64.4 °C / 148 F, compared to the average of 39.5 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.4 °C / 90.3 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-4.1 °C / -7.4 F).
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple M2, Apple M2 8-Core GPU
HP Elite Dragonfly G3
Intel Core i7-1265U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Intel Core i7-1280P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Heat
18%
20%
16%
-2%
14%
Maximum Upper Side *
59
43.7
26%
44.5
25%
39
34%
42.3
28%
42.4
28%
Maximum Bottom *
64.4
38
41%
44.4
31%
42.2
34%
44.9
30%
40.2
38%
Idle Upper Side *
26.5
25.8
3%
23.9
10%
26.8
-1%
32.5
-23%
27.8
-5%
Idle Bottom *
26.8
26.2
2%
23.6
12%
28.2
-5%
38.2
-43%
27.8
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

For a compact laptop, the speakers of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s are okay, even if they lack bass and also some volume. The ThinkPad X1 Nano G2 offers the better speakers. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.124.62526.523.73122.9224021.925.25018.619.56323.216.98016.918.21001918.412524.727.616022.431.6200204225019.250.831515.157.34001857.150015.458.263013.159.68001157.8100010.962.3125010.357.7160010.659.820009.965.5250011.765.7315011.463.840001159.9500011.158.9630011.259800011.558.3100001156.11250010.953.71600010.848.8SPL24.673.5N0.631.5median 11.4median 57.8Delta3.1634.537.334.529.830.929.827.33027.328.12828.130.224.130.231.428.831.435.325.235.341.422.541.446.720.646.752.817.452.857.716.657.762.415.862.464.814.264.868.412.368.470.311.770.375.810.775.878.69.878.672.39.772.370.59.970.579.59.879.576.610.876.674.81174.873.613.673.672.311.572.372.412.172.473.311.973.371.712.471.766.412.966.46212.56257.412.457.486.623.986.670.60.570.6median 70.5median 12.3median 70.56.326.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGELenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.49 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 25% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%