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Lenovo bringing AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Series for the first time ever

Lenovo bringing AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Series for the first time ever (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo bringing AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Series for the first time ever (Source: Lenovo)
The previously Intel-exclusive ThinkPad T Series will now have second generation Ryzen Pro options for faster graphics performance and cheaper starting prices. AMD wants to prove that its latest processors can go toe-to-toe with Intel on higher-end business laptops and Ultrabooks.

AMD options aren't exactly new for the ThinkPad family. Lenovo has been offering AMD SKUs for its entry-level ThinkPad A and E Series such as the A275, A485, and E485 in contrast to their A270, A480, E480 Intel alternatives. It wasn't until today that the higher-end ThinkPad T series and X Series would also receive the same AMD treatment.

In keeping with the existing AMD ThinkPad naming convention, Lenovo will be launching its new AMD-powered laptops as the ThinkPad T495, T495s, and X395 to supplement the Intel-powered ThinkPad T490, T490s, and X390, respectively. AMD fans can configure up to the recently announced Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U Picasso APU that promises similar CPU performance as the pricier Intel Core i7-8550U or i7-8565U.

There are, however, a small handful of hardware changes to the AMD SKUs when compared to the Intel versions. For one, the AMD versions will not have Thunderbolt 3 ports or QHD panel options. Secondly, the AMD versions will carry newer HDMI v2.0 ports versus v1.4 on the Intel SKUs. The port differences between AMD and Intel are likely due to the motherboard and processor changes.

Existing docking stations for the T490 or X390 series will be compatible with the new AMD SKUs.

Finally, battery life is expected to be shorter on the AMD SKUs by about 45 minutes to 2 hours according to Lenovo. This is offset by the significantly faster graphics performance from the integrated Radeon RX Vega 8/10 GPU when compared to the UHD Graphics 620 series.

Expect the ThinkPad T495, T495s, and X395 to launch for $939, $1089, and $1089, respectively, when they start shipping in late May and June.

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The Reliability of ThinkPadTM with the Power of New AMD®

Ryzen Pro

New ThinkPad T495, T495s and X395 Laptops with up to 2nd Gen AMD RyzenTM 7 Pro Mobile Processors

Morrisville, NC – May 8, 2019 - LenovoTM announced today the latest additions to its trusted ThinkPad

portfolio: the T495, T495s, and X395. This all-new Windows® 10 laptop series, with up to the 2nd Gen

AMD Ryzen 7 Pro Mobile Processors and integrated AMD Vega graphics, joins the ranks of the industry-

leading ThinkPad T and X line-up with thin and light laptops under three pounds.

ThinkPad has kept the confidence of end-users through intense focus on design and engineering. These

new products offer companies the superior mobile experience that they demand, while still scoring

huge in the key areas of first-rate security, performance, manageability, and durability. Included are

features to ensure the top-notch experience expected from the Think family of products.

With a longer battery life up to four more hours on a single charge1

and increased performance by up to

18 percent as compared to benchmarks of prior generations, the new T and X series offers laptop buyers

serious feature upgrades without compromises to the high level of hardware security and

manageability.

ThinkPad T495

Expanded Features for a Changing World

As workspaces evolve, end-users want smarter, more secure devices that provide features and benefits

core to what makes a laptop central to their everyday lives. Whether on-the-job or on-the-go, personnel

will get outstanding performance with up to 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 Pro Mobile Processors and Integrated

AMD Vega Graphics, designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency

for an exceptional user experience. Enhanced with RadeonTM FreeSyncTM technology, users will

experience gorgeous pixel quality and a fluid frame refresh rate, free of screen stutters—perfect for

videos, presentations, and light PC gaming on the side. By adding an extra G-force crash hazard shock

procedure2

to our already exhaustive ThinkPad Mil-Spec tests, this new line of laptops is tough enough

to withstand the bumpy hazards of a hard day’s work. This, alongside all the customer-focused features,

is why ThinkPad continues to lead the way in workplace transformation and enabling smarter business.

Superior Sight & Sound

Experience a brighter, crisper display quality that doesn’t sacrifice device battery life1

, durability or its

overall sleek, slim look. New to the AMD series, the 14-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display at 400 nits

makes text and icons easier to see in dim surroundings even at a lower power setting than other PCs its

size. Paired with ThinkPad’s white backlit legendary keyboard, customers will experience superb

resolution at a comfortable viewing distance.

Brighter FHD screens offered on both ThinkPad T495 and T495s

Group calls can often be laden with issues such as poor audio, garbled voices and distracting background

noise. To reduce frustration, we’ve matched ThinkPad’s dual far-field microphones on our AMD models

for improved 360° reception to enhance VoIP conferencing performance, especially for participants in

noisy environments. We’ve also equipped devices with new side mechanical docking featuring new

flexible support mechanics to enable self-leveling at any angle for increased connectivity, stability, and

longer platform durability.

ThinkPad X395

Smarter Security Measures in Place

Enjoy greater peace of mind with just a slide of the ThinkShutter, the all-in-one integrated camera

security cover that physically protects ThinkPad users from view of malicious webcam snoopers. For an

extra layer of security, we’ve also integrated an optional ePrivacy filter, the ThinkPad PrivacyGuard on

both the T495s and X395, shielding your screen content from any unwanted side glances from prying

onlookers. Users wanting an early warning someone might be “shoulder surfing,” only need wait a few

months for the added ThinkPad PrivacyAlert3

feature that automatically enables the PrivacyGuard.

ThinkPad T495s

Packed with these features and more, this line of laptops comes protected by one of the most

comprehensive end-to-end security platforms on the market, Lenovo ThinkShield. Data and device loss

or identity theft can happen at any time, costing companies millions of dollars in recovery. Trust

Lenovo’s cost-efficient, reliable, and built-in security features to safeguard your organization;

ThinkShield has enterprise-level CTOs covered during their product’s entire lifecycle from development,

supply-chain, to essential updates.

ThinkPad X395

Powered by AMD and designed by the experts behind ThinkPad, Lenovo is making it easier to arm

people in the workplace with smarter, cost-effective technology. For more information on the Think

family of products, visit: www.lenovo.com/think.

North America Pricing and Availability:

ThinkPad T495 (14-inch) will be available in late May 2019, with a starting price of $939.

4

ThinkPad T495s (14-inch) will be available starting in early June 2019, with a starting price of $1089.4

ThinkPad X395 (13-inch) will be available starting in early June 2019, with a starting price of $1089.4

1

All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5

battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary and depend on numerous factors including product

configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management

settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally

decrease with time and usage. See bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional

details.

2

Lenovo uses the US Department of Defense’s MIL-SPEC standards to test devices against hazardous

physical and environmental conditions to determine durability. Lenovo ThinkPad® devices are tested

against 12 categories and 22 MIL-STD 810-G procedures to prove their toughness. Method 516.6 Shock

adds Procedure V – Crash Hazard Shock, a test for high G force shock to the system.

3

ThinkPad PrivacyAlert slated to ship July 2019.

4

Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional

terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and

products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the

right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune Global 500 company and a global technology leader in

driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience.

Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolios of connected products, including smartphones

(Motorola), tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion) and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart

home/office solutions. Lenovo’s data center solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and

computing power for the connections that are changing business and society. Lenovo works to inspire the

difference in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. Follow us

on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, read about the latest news via our StoryHub, or visit our

website at www.lenovo.com.

LENOVO, THINKPAD, THINKSHIELD, THINKSHUTTER, are trademarks of Lenovo. WINDOWS is a trademark of

Microsoft Corporation. AMD, Ryzen, Radeon, A-Series and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced

Micro Devices, Inc. DOLBY, DOLBY VISION and DOLBY AUDIO are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. Other

company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others and are the property of their

respective owners. ©2019, Lenovo Group Limited.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-05- 8 (Update: 2019-05- 9)
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