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New China-exclusive Lenovo ThinkPad T14p announced

New China-exclusive Lenovo ThinkPad T14p announced
New China-exclusive Lenovo ThinkPad T14p announced
A new China-exclusive ThinkPad laptop has appeared. The new Lenovo ThinkPad T14p is a rebrand of last year's Lenovo ThinkPad Neo 14, equipped with the newest Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs - and the more prestigious ThinkPad T series name.

ThinkPad laptops are an American brand, created by IBM in the early 1990s. But since 2005, the ThinkPad brand is owned by Lenovo, a company originally completely based in China. Lenovo has internationalized itself quite a bit since then, but the Chinese roots are still there.

Case in point: Lenovo regularly launches China-exclusive ThinkPad laptops. Last year, the ThinkPad Neo 14 came out, a ThinkPad laptop not available anywhere else with a unique design and interesting hardware configuration. Notably, it featured both Intel and AMD H45 CPUs as well as GeForce RTX GPUs, which is unlike any other 14 inch ThinkPad laptop. This ThinkPad certainly had more of a prosumer bend than other models.

This year, Lenovo is not releasing a second gen of the ThinkPad Neo 14 - at least not under this name. Instead, this line is continued under the ThinkPad T series name, probably the most well known ThinkPad line besides the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (available from Amazon $1,812). The successor of the ThinkPad Neo 14 is thusly named Lenovo ThinkPad T14p.

The new ThinkPad T14p is built upon the same chassis as the ThinkPad Neo 14, which means: Classic top-base hinges, most ports on the back, black aluminum build. Compared with the 2022 model, the Intel Alder-Lake CPUs are replaced by Intel Raptor Lake and the old Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 is replaced by a - now also outdated - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050. An AMD version was not announced at this time, but might follow in the future.

Going from the ThinkPad Neo 14, it is to be assumed that the new Lenovo ThinkPad T14p will remain a China-exclusive. If it is like the ThinkPad Neo 14 though, adventurous buyers in the West should be able to get it via Aliexpress.


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Benjamin Herzig, 2023-05-19 (Update: 2023-05-19)