New Lenovo ThinkPad E14 & E15 embrace thinner design at the expense of one RAM slot
In Lenovo's release schedule, the affordable E series ThinkPads are usually some of the first models that get updated. It appears that this year is no exception to this rule, as the self-described "small business" laptops are once again among the first of a new ThinkPad generation to see the light of day.
With the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 and the Lenovo ThinkPad E15, Lenovo kicks off the 2020 ThinkPad laptop generation. Like the ThinkPad L13, both adopt the new naming convention, dropping the traditional "letter plus three numbers" scheme that Lenovo used for around a decade.
Besides naming, the successors of the Lenovo ThinkPad E490 and Lenovo ThinkPad E590 of course include the newest Intel processors. In this case, this means Comet Lake. Apart from the CPU, the GPU gets a spec bump as well, as both ThinkPad E14 & ThinkPad E15 will have an optional AMD Radeon RX 640 dedicated GPU. CPU & GPU are accompanied by a single RAM slot (down from two on the E490/E590), a 2.5 inch HDD/SSD bay as well as a M.2 SSD slot, so the E series retains memory and storage upgradeabilty.
The new E series ThinkPad laptops are not just internal updates, since Lenovo also redesigned their chassis. The ThinkPad E490 and ThinkPad E590 were rather chunky (thickness: 19.9 mm), so the thickness has been reduced to 17.9 mm (ThinkPad E14 aluminum version) / 18.9 mm (ThinkPad E15). One change that comes along with the thickness reduction is the integration of the keyboard into the chassis (bottom loaded keyboard), making it harder to change the keyboard. Also, Lenovo updated the Fingerprint sensor by integrating it into the power button, a first for the ThinkPad line.
ThinkPad E14 and E15 are not yet available in Europe or the US, but it probably will not take long until they are.