ThinkPad P52: Lenovo unveils its new 15-inch workstation with the GeForce GTX 1060 based Quadro P3200
The Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has already unveiled plenty of new ThinkPads laptops this year, including highly rated models like the ThinkPad T480s and ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018. Not included in the list of released models so far: A ThinkPad with the new Intel Coffee-Lake six-core CPUs. This changes today, as Lenovo has announced the newest addition to its lineup of mobile workstations, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52.
Mobile workstations are performance focused, just like gaming laptops. The difference between both is of course that one is used for leisure and fun, while the other is mainly supposed to be used for CPU- and GPU-intensive work-tasks. Thats why the P52 brings many upgrades in the performance area. This includes the newest 8th gen Intel CPUs with up to 6 cores (including Intel Xeon options) and also up to 128 GB of RAM for the first time, likely utilizing the new 32 GB SO-DIMM modules by Samsung.
The biggest performance upgrade though is happening in the GPU area. The predecessor ThinkPad P51 had to make do with outdated Maxwell-based Nvidia Quadro chips, maxing out with the Quadro M2200, which was based on the old Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M. The ThinkPad P52 not only adopts newer Pascal-based GPU technology, it also broadens the scope of the GPU-options for a 15.6-inch ThinkPad workstation, as it will be offered with the new Nvidia Quadro P3200, which is based on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. All preceding 15.6" ThinkPad workstations maxed out with Quadro 2000-class GPUs, so this is a significant upgrade, which also makes the P52 the first VR-ready 15.6-inch ThinkPad.
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As reported earlier, physically, the ThinkPad P52 mostly stays true to the design of its predecessors ThinkPad P50 and ThinkPad P51. There are some minor changes though, such as a slightly revised keyboard that still includes a dedicated numpad. Lenovo makes some notables changes to its port-selection, as it drops one USB A port and the traditional bottom docking connector for another Thunderbolt 3 port, of which the P52 now offers two. For docking, Lenovo relies on a new cable dock, which is called the "ThinkPad Thunderbolt Workstation Dock". The P52 also drops the Expresscard expansion-slot, while it adds an optional Infrared-camera for Windows Hello.
Last but not least, Lenovo significantly changed the screen options: The new base option is a non-touch IPS screen with a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080) and a brightness of 300 cd/m² and 72 % NTSC color gamut, which should be a huge improvement over the lackluster Full HD IPS screens with 250 cd/m² and 45 % NTSC gamut that were offered before. The second screen option is a Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS panel, which offers touch, 400 cd/m² and should cover 100 % NTSC gamut and AdobeRGB.
The new Lenovo ThinkPad P52 will be available in late June.