CES 2018 | ThinkPad T480s, ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580: Quad Core CPUs and the GeForce MX150 are coming to the traditional T series
The ThinkPad T series is a true mainstay of the Notebook market since the year 2000. Since then, the traditional line of business-laptops is updated almost every year. Sometimes its just a small update, sometimes its a complete redesign. For 2018, the manufacturer Lenovo does both: The T480s gets a new design, while the T480 and T580 are just updates of their predecessors T470 and T570.
One new feature is present on all new T series notebooks of the year 2018: The camera-shutter for the 720p webcam, dubbed "ThinkShutter", which is supposed to make the often seen post-it-note over the webcam redundant.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s
When you see the T480s, one could easily come to the conclusion: Redesign? Doesn't look very different compared with the Thinkpad T470s. Some detail-changes of course are easily spotted such as the power-button, which was shifted to a different position – or the slightly different touchpad. But the weight is barely lower and the T480s is practically the same in thickness and size as the T470s.
The first area where the redesign really becomes apparent is the port-selection and positioning. Most ports are shifted from the right side of the chassis to the left. The old mechanical docking-port at the bottom of the machine is gone, instead, the T480s features Lenovos new mechanical side-docking-port, which also doubles as a Thunderbolt 3 port. Charging is now also completely USB C based, as the proprietary Slim-Tip Lenovo power-port is no more. This means that the T480s gains one USB C port compared with the T470s, but it also looses one USB A port in exchange, bringing the number of those down to two. Different from many other new laptops, the T480s retains a full-size RJ45-Ethernet port (which folds open as you connect it with Ethernet) and a full-size SD-card slot.
Apart from the ports, the different battery capacity sticks out as another big change: The T480s now comes with a 57 Wh battery instead of 49 Wh. Additional changes in the inside include the new 8th Gen Core i CPUs with vPro (like the Core i7-8650U) and an optional dGPU in form of the Nvidia GeForce MX150 – the T470s didn´t feature any dGPU option at all.
The T480s is supposed to enter the market in January. It starts at 1,269 US-Dollars.
Lenovo ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580
As the T480s is redesigned, the other T series models are updated. The most important change is the new side docking-port, which of course is adopted by all new T-Series models. This also means that both machines gain an additional USB C port for charging and loose a USB A port –having two USB A ports seems to be the new standard for the T series.
One consistent complaint of ours about the T470 and really all its predecessors was the display – the normal 14 inch T series always had displays with rather muted colors and relatively low brightness. With the T480, Lenovo seems to have somewhat listened to the criticism, as the T480 is finally going to be offered with the same WQHD IPS option (2,560 x 1,440) as the T480s. The T470 was limited to a 1,920 x 1,080 display.
T480 and T580 are also being released in January. They start at 989 and 1079 US-Dollars respectively.
And the ThinkPad T480p?
Lenovo did not announce a ThinkPad T480p today. A few weeks ago, we already wrote that Lenovo will mostly likely discontinue this sub-series, which would have featured the new Hexa-Core CPUs like the leaked Core i7-8700HQ. Of course, Intel has not yet announced these CPUs, so its still possible that Lenovo announces such a model at some point.