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Lenovo reveals its first 2016 plans for ThinkPad at CES

Lenovo has retained an annual presence at CES for many years now, and that hasn’t stopped with 2016. In fact, the company has expanded its lineup of reveals this year with an extensive showing of ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkVision-branded products, demonstrating its philosophy that “one size does not necessarily fit all.”

Below are links to each of the new systems Lenovo is showing off in Las Vegas this week.

Check out the links below to fast-forward to the systems you’re most interested in.

ThinkPad T460 and T560

These twins pack in as much as 16 hours of battery life and a 14-inch or 15.6-inch display. The former can be had with a resolution up to 1080p, while the latter can be had with an optional 1440p panel (Lenovo calls it 3K, which is frankly a stretch).

Though mostly focused on energy conservation, performance on both devices is scalable, meaning you could opt for up to 32GB of memory as well as 2GB of VRAM graphics and a wide range of PCIe storage options — up to 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD.

Both the T460 and T560 will go on sale next month at $909 and $969, respectively. The key difference between the two, aside from size, is battery life. The T560 can hit up to 16-hours of battery life, while the T460 is limited to a still-impressive 14-hour maximum.

In both cases, this quote refers to the extended battery model. Lenovo hasn’t quoted life without the extra unit, but based on the size of the each, we estimate that opting for the standard battery alone with reduce life by about a third.

Performance and endurance comes at the cost of size. The T460 weighs in at 3.8 pounds, and the T560 is 5 pounds. Both systems are a tad over 21mm thick. If you’d like a thinner design, you’ll want to check out the T460s.

ThinkPad T460s

Differing itself from the vanilla T460, the ThinkPad 460s aims to blend a lightweight design with all the features and functionality you’re accustomed to with the heavier, more production-focused ThinkPads.

The 14-inch notebook is three pounds, and measures in at 18.8 millimeters thick, but that doesn’t stop it from packing up to an Intel 6th-gen i7 processor and bolstering the chip maker’s vPro enterprise technology. Memory maxes out at 24 gigabytes DDR4, and up to a 512MB PCIe solid state drive can be equipped. Display resolution runs as high as 1440p.

Although it only promises a battery life of 10.5 hours, the ThinkPad T460s brings all the inputs and outputs you would need to focus relentlessly on the tasks at-hand, including three USB ports, HDMI, LAN, mDP, a Smart Card Reader, and bottom mechanical docking.

Lenovo is prepared to ship the T460s some time in February for $1,059.

ThinkPad T460p

Unlike those preceding it, the ThinkPad T460p is all about the power user, thanks to a set of Intel Skylake Quad Core processors. Of course, this also meant the T460p is slightly heavier than its friends, weighing in at 4 pounds and measuring almost an inch, or 25mm, thick.

With the T460p, Lenovo claims a 1.7x performance advantage over U-series CPUs, as well as a 12-hour battery life, and a swappable battery. The system has a 14-inch display with up to 1440p resolution, and can support up to 32GB of DDR4 memory.

The ThinkPad T460p is scheduled to launch next month from $1,249.

ThinkPad L460 and L560

This pair of notebooks plans to fulfill productivity needs for those on a budget. Processor support starts with Intel Celeron but ranges as high as Core i7. With a full 1080p, anti-glare IPS display, up to 32GB of memory on the L46o, or up to 16GB on the L560, users can expect most the performance they’d get out of one of Lenovo’s higher end offerings.

Both systems are relatively heavy. The L460 will be 4.2 pounds, and barely under an inch thick, while the L560 is 5.2 pounds and over an inch thick. Still, with a 12.5-hour battery life, you’ll be readily prepared for extensive workdays, or more realistically, Netflix binges.

Both the ThinkPad L460 and L560 will go on sale in February for $749 and $779, respectively.

ThinkPad X260

Ready for on-the-go business needs, the ThinkPad X260 offers up to 21 hours of battery life on a single charge thanks to PowerBridge, up to Skylake i7 processors, and a full HD 12.5-inch display. RAM maxes out at 16GB of DDR4, and hard drive support extends to 512GB SATA or PCIe solid state drives.

IO-wise, it presents all the ports you’d need as an early 2016 businessperson, including three USB 3.0 ports, RJ45 Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and a 4-in-1 card reader.

While its display size is small, the X260 isn’t particularly thin or light. It weighs in at 2.9 pounds and is .79 inches, or 20mm, thick. The device is certainly portable, but if you want the smallest system possible, you’ll need to look at the ThinkPad 13.

The ThinkPad X260 will go on sale in February for $929.

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Windows and Chrome)

This affordable 13-inch ThinkPad is built with small businesses, students, and educators in mind. And now, for the first time, it’s available with either Windows 10 or Chrome as an option. With up to a Skylake Core i5 processor, and up to 512GB SSD, the ThinkPad 13 bears a wide variety of modern IO components including HDMI, USB 3.0, OneLink+, and even USB Type-C.

Exhibiting more flexibility than some of Lenovo’s other offerings, the ThinkPad 13 weighs in at only 2.3 pounds and measures .38 inches, or about 10mm, thin. Whereas the ChromeOS model is the first to bring Chrome for business to the table, opting for the Windows-powered machine will get you up to 16GB of DDR4 memory to boot.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 13 with Windows 10 will go on sale for $449 beginning in April. The Chrome edition will come a few months later, in June, for $399.

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