MWC 2023 | Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 and ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 unveiled with AMD Ryzen 7000 processors
Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad Z13 and ThinkPad Z16 at CES 2022 as its all-AMD offering. While both models have had their share of issues, our in-depth reviews spoke positively of the ThinkPads. Now, Lenovo has launched another iteration of the laptops called the ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2. It will be available for purchase in July 2023 for €1,649 (US$1,740). The ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 will hit shelves in August 2023 for €1,959 (US$2,067).
Apart from the screen size, there isn't much of a difference between the two laptops, which offer the following screen configurations: WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) IPS LCD, WQXGA (2.8K) OLED (Z13 Gen 2), WQUXGA (4K) OLED (Z16 Gen 2). All three panels have a peak brightness of 400 nits and can be configured with a touch screen. In addition, the Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 features a 13.3-inch screen with a 51.5 Wh battery, while the ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 ups the capacity to 72 Wh.
Under the hood, the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 and ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 pack AMD's Ryzen 7000 laptop processors. Unfortunately, Lenovo doesn't mention the exact models, which could be problematic this time as there are several classes of CPUs in this generation, each with varying TDP and CPU cores. Users have to make do with the integrated Radeon GPU, but ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 users have the option to add a dedicated Radeon RX 6500M if needed.
I/O options on the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16 Gen 2 and ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 are similar and include two USB 4.0 ports, one 3.5 mm combo audio jack, and an SD card reader. The former gets an additional USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, which is a downgrade from the USB 4.0 port found on its predecessor. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 enable wireless connectivity. ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2 users can optionally add a 4G LTE modem. Both laptops support up to 2 TB solid-state storage and 64 GB of LPDDR5x RAM. Their included FHD webcams come with a privacy shutter and support Windows Hello.