Lenovo may be planning an AMD ThinkPad lineup with Raven Ridge APUs
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AMD's Zen architecture for laptops can't come soon enough. The Ryzen series has made quite the splash in the desktop space despite a few initial hiccups, but the chipmaker has yet to dip its toes in the notebook market with any of its Ryzen products.
Notebooks powered by AMD APUs are difficult to come by outside of a small handful of offerings from HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Lenovo's current entry-level ThinkPad E series has been shipping with AMD processors for users on tighter budgets, but new leaks are pointing to a second AMD-powered ThinkPad family according to an Indonesian certification website. The source is claiming that the Chinese manufacturer has been working on incorporating new AMD GPUs onto two unannounced ThinkPad systems outside of the E series called the ThinkPad A275 and ThinkPad A475. These are to be 12-inch and 14-inch notebooks, respectively, and could potentially be based on the current X270 and T470. Lenovo has traditionally reserved the number "5" in its model names for AMD-powered systems and so the A275 and A475 certainly line up.
It remains to be seen if Lenovo or other manufacturers will be offering more notebooks based on Raven Ridge. The Zen architecture may debut on an Asus gaming notebook first before making its way to mainstream business notebooks like the ThinkPad T or X series.