Lenovo goes crazy refreshing its entire ThinkPad family with 7th-gen Intel CPUs

Just ahead of the CES 2017 convention taking place in Las Vegas January 5-8, Lenovo announced the refresh of its ThinkPad laptop family for business. The updated laptops now sport the latest, seventh-generation Core processors from Intel, along with fingerprint scanners, beefed up security courtesy of a discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The company also revealed a new ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 dock, and a ThinkPad USB Type-C dock for adding additional ports for ThinkPad laptops.

Before we dive in, take note that the following devices sport the “Signature Edition” of Windows 10 Pro or Home. That means customers won’t find the annoying bloatware that typically comes preinstalled on laptops — unnecessary software loaded by the laptop maker that eats system resources and storage space, slowing the device down.

Many laptops listed on the following pages are compatible with WiGig, which is the next level of wireless connectivity, better known at Wireless AD. It adds the 60GHz band to the current 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands already offered in Wireless N and Wireless AC, with speeds of up to 8 gigabits per second. Right now, the Wireless AC 5GHz band is only capable of up to 1.3 gigabits per second. That said, 2017 will be the year Wireless AD (WiGig) explodes on the mass market.

ThinkPad Yoga 370

This unit, according to Lenovo, is designed for both business and general use, packing a 360-degree hinge and a “Lift n’ Lock” keyboard to make this a unique 2-in-1 device. Despite its “transforming” form factor, the ThinkPad Yoga 370 is durable enough to be certified for military use. Other notable features include a touch-enabled screen, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, WiGig support, a fingerprint scanner, and a lightweight form factor of just over 3 pounds.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Display: 13.3 inches with Touch
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express NVMe SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers
Battery: 51 watt-hour 6-cell (up to 10 hours)
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 1x HDMI
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x DisplayPort
2x USB 3.0
1x Microphone/headphone jack
1x SD card slot
Colors: Silver or Black
Other features: Precision touchpad
WiGig support
Fingerprint reader
Integrated ThinkPad Pen Pro
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
NFC
Size: 12.34 x 8.66 x 0.70 inches
Weight: Starting at 3.17 pounds
Starting price: $1,264
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad T470

Lenovo calls this model the “workhorse” for business. The ThinkPad T470 focuses on security with features such as a discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip, a fingerprint scanner, and an infrared camera option. Instead of using login credentials, owners can simply look at the laptop or swipe their fingers to access the machine via Windows Hello. One notable option is Intel’s new Optane SSD, which uses its new “stacked” 3D XPoint technology that stacks memory cells vertically instead of horizontally as seen with current NAND-based storage solutions.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Display: 14 inches with Touch
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/ 2GB GDDR5
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express NVMe SSD
Optional 16GB Intel Optane SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers
Battery: Front – 23 watt-hour 3-cell
Rear – 48 watt-hour 3-cell
Optional 73 watt-hour 6-cell
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 3x USB 3.0
1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
1x Ethernet
1x SD card slot
1x Microphone/headphone jack
1x HDMI
Colors: Black
Other features: IR camera option
Precision touchpad
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Fingerprint reader
NFC
Size: 13.25 x 9.15 x 0.78 inches
Weight: Starting at 3.49 pounds
Starting price: $914
Availability: February 2017

ThinkPad T470p

Here is a variant of the ThinkPad T470. This version adds an additional 3,440 x 1,440 resolution option, DisplayPort connectivity, an optional backlit keyboard, and a 720p webcam. However, Lenovo pulled out a few features for this model such as the T470’s infrared camera option, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. This T470p model is heaver and thicker, too, weighing four pounds and measuring 0.94 inches thick. Outside of that, the T470p is nearly identical to the base T470 model specs, and is sold in black only.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Windows 10 Home Signature Edition
Display: 14-inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
2,560 x 1,440
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/ 2GB GDDR5
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express SSD
Optional 16GB Intel Optane SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers (1-watt)
Battery: 23.5 watt-hour 3-cell flat
48 watt-hour 6-cell cylindrical
72 watt-hour 6-cell cylindrical
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 1x HDMI
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x SD card reader
1x Ethernet
1x Microphone/headphone jack
3x USB 3.0
Colors: Black
Other features: 720p Webcam
Fingerprint reader
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Precision touchpad
Optional backlit keyboard
Size: 13.34 x 9.25 x 0.94 inches
Weight: 4 pounds
Starting price: $1,049
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad T470s

Here is another variant of the T470 notebook, which adds a bunch of features to the base design, such as an additional 3,440 x 1,440 option, a Mini DisplayPort connector, and support for WiGig connectivity. However, Lenovo had to sacrifice a few base features in the process including lowering the maximum memory configuration down to 24GB, removing the discrete graphics chip option, removing the infrared camera option, and removing the Intel Optane SSD option. Otherwise, the specs are somewhat similar, although it’s slightly thinner and weighs less too.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Windows 10 Home Signature Edition
Display: 14 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
2,560 x 1,440
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 24GB DDR4
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express SSD
Audio: Dolby Home Theatre v4
Battery: 49.8 watt-hour 3-cell
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 1x Ethernet
1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
3x USB 3.0
1x HDMI
1x Headphone/microphone jack
1x SD card reader
1x Mini DisplayPort
Colors: Black and Silver
Other features: WiGig support
Fingerprint reader
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
NFC
Precision touchpad
Size: 13.03 x 8.92 x 0.74 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Starting price: $1,149
Availability: January 2017

ThinkPad T570

Like the ThinkPad T470, this laptop is a “workhorse” for business but with a larger screen. And like the T470, it offers a fingerprint reader and an optional infrared camera for password-free device access. There’s even an option for Intel’s Optane SSD using its new 3D XPoint memory technology. However, unlike the smaller T470, this version will be sold with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution option that supports touch input. This laptop also has a starting weight of 4.4 pounds and measures just 0.79 inches thin.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Display: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
3,840 x 2,160 with Touch
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/ 2GB GDDR5
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express NVMe SSD
Optional 16GB Intel Optane SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers
Battery: Front – 32 watt-hour 3-cell
Back – 48 watt-hour 6-cell
Back – 73 watt-hour 6-cell
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 3x USB 3.0
1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
1x Headphone/microphone jack
Colors: Black
Other features: WiGig support
Fingerprint reader
NFC
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
IR camera
Precision touchpad
Size: 14.4 x 9.95 x 0.79 inches
Weight: Starting at 4.4 pounds
Starting price: $909
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad L470

Lenovo is targeting the mainstream business customer with this model, packing a single, unique feature no other laptop in the company’s refreshed ThinkPad lineup provides: a switchable, discrete graphics chip from AMD. More specifically, it includes the AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics chip with its own 2GB of dedicated DDR3 memory. Other features include hard drive and solid state drive storage options, an option for Intel’s Optane SSD, and two resolution options. What customers won’t find here is HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, but rather just a single analog VGA connector.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Windows 10 Home signature Edition
Display: 14 inches
Resolution: 1,366 x 768
1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4 @ 2,400MHz
Graphics: Up to AMD Radeon R5 M430 w/ 2GB DDR3
Storage: Up to 1TB HDD
Up to 256GB SSD
Optional 16GB Intel Optane SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers
Battery: 23.5 watt-hour 3-cell (flat)
48 watt-hour 6-cell (cylindrical)
72 watt-hour 6-cell (cylindrical)
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 1x VGA
1x SD card reader
1x Ethernet
1x Headphone/microphone jack
3x USB 3.0
Colors: Black
Other features: Fingerprint reader
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Precision touchpad
Size: 13.34 x 9.25 x 0.94 inches
Weight: 4.23 pounds
Starting price: $799
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad L570

This model is a bit more feature-packed than the ThinkPad L470. For starters, it has a larger screen measuring at 15.6 inches, enabling Lenovo to cram a few additional goodies into the larger form factor. That includes throwing in DisplayPort digital video output, an extra USB 3.0 port, and separating the microphone and headphone connectors into two physical jacks. It has the addition of a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution option, and two M.2 slots for expanding the internal storage. This model also has a slightly higher starting price, a higher weight, and a greater thickness than the L470 model.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Windows 10 Home signature Edition
Display: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1,366 x 768
1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4 @ 2,133MHz
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 1TB HDD
Up to 512GB PCI Express SSD
Audio: Stereo with Dolby Audio
Battery: 48 watt-hour cylindrical
Connectivity: Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
Ports: 4x USB 3.0
1x VGA
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x Ethernet
1x Headphone jack
1x Microphone jack
1x SD card reader
Colors: Black
Other features: 2x M.2 slots
Fingerprint reader
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Size: 14.84 x 9.75 x 1.08 inches
Weight: 5.2 pounds
Starting price: $809
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad 13

Lenovo bills this model as its “high-value system” of the refreshed ThinkPad family. It targets students, individuals, and business shops on a budget, but is built to meet military durability standards. Some of the notable features include a 13.3-inch screen with touch input, an optional fingerprint reader, an optional backlit keyboard, and a USB Type-C port for charging. There’s no discrete graphics chip, as the laptop relies on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 component inside Intel’s new seventh-generation Core processors. This model is rather thin and light, and has a low starting price of $674.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Display: 13.3 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 32GB DDR4
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 512GB PCI Express NVMe M.2 SSD
Audio: Integrated stereo speakers
Battery: 42 watt-hour 3-cell
Connectivity: Unknown
Ports: 1x HDMI
3x USB 3.0
1x USB Type-C
1x SD card reader
1x Headphone/microphone jack
Colors: Black and Silver
Other features: Fingerprint reader (optional)
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Backlit keyboard (optional)
Precision touchpad
Size: 12.76 x 8.77 x 0.75 inches
Weight: Starting at 3.17 pounds
Starting price: $674
Availability: January 2017

ThinkPad X270

This is the last laptop in Lenovo’s ThinkPad refresh, billed as a “business road-warrior system.” It provides four different resolution options, one of which includes touch. Other options consist of a smart card reader for added security that apparently comes bundled with a NFS connectivity option. Other highlights consist of a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a fingerprint reader, and several battery options to provide over 20 hours of juice on a single charge. The laptop depends on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 component in Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors, so there’s no discrete graphics chip option.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Windows 10 Home Signature Edition
Display: 12.5 inches
Resolution: 1,366 x 768 (TN @ 220 nits)
1,366 x 768 (IPS @ 300 nits)
1,920 x 1,080 with Touch
1,920 x 1,080
Processor: Seventh-generation Intel Core
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 2TB HDD
Up to 512GB PCI Express SSD
Audio: Stereo Dolby Audio
Battery: Front – 23 watt-hour 3-cell
Back – 23 watt-our 3-cell
Back – 48 watt-our 6-cell
Back – 72 watt-our 5-cell
Connectivity: Unknown
Ports: 1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x Ethernet
1x Microphone/headphone jack
3x USB 3.0
1x SD card reader
1x Smart card reader (optional)
Colors: Black
Other features: 720p webcam
NFC (optional)
Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chip
Fingerprint reader
Precision touchpad
Size: 12.02 x 8.2 x 0.79 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Starting price: $909
Availability: March 2017

ThinkVision P27h and P24h monitors

These two monitors are the same feature-wise outside their physical sizes. They’re based on IPS panel technology and support 99 percent of the sRGB color space, making them great for color-intensive applications. Both models appear to connect via a single USB 3.1 Type-C cable, which supports both video and data. And because the displays sport four USB 3.0 ports as well, customers can plug all their peripherals into the display, leaving only one single connection between the display and PC. These two displays also feature an additional DisplayPort connection for daisy-chaining more than one of these panels together.

Screen size: 23.8 inches and 27 inches
Panel Type: IPS
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
Color gamut: 99 percent sRGB
Response time: 6 milliseconds
Ports: 4x USB 3.0
2x HDMI
1x USB Type-C
1x DisplayPort 1.2 Input
1x DisplayPort 1.2 Output1x Audio jack
Price: $329 for the 27-inch model
Availability: March 2017

ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Finally, Lenovo is offering two new docks for its ThinkPad laptops. This first model connects via a Thunderbolt 3 port, and extends a ThinkPad PC’s connectivity options. As the specs show, it’s capable of supporting three additional displays by providing two DisplayPort connections and an HDMI connection. It also includes a gigabit Ethernet port, five USB 3.0 ports, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a power button that can control the system power status of connected ThinkPad PCs. The dock is even capable of providing up to 65 watts of power, and ships with its own 135-watt AC adapter.

Connectivity: 2x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x VGA
1x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
5x USB 3.0
1x Ethernet (gigabit)
1x Headphone/microphone jack
1x Security lock slot
Power: Provides up to 65 watts
Power button controls ThinkPad PC
Ships with 135-watt AC adapter
Max resolution:
(1 display)
3,840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
via DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3
Max resolution:
(2 displays)
3,840 x 2,160 @ 60Hz
via DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3
Max resolution:
(3 displays)
3,840 x 2,160 @ 30Hz
via 2x DisplayPort
3,840 x 2,160 @ 60Hz
via 1x Thunderbolt 3
Networking: PXE boot support
Wake-On-LAN support
Starting price: $280
Availability: February 2017

ThinkPad USB-C Dock

Last but not least is Lenovo’s new ThinkPad USB-C Dock. This device extends the connectivity of a ThinkPad PC by connecting via a USB 3.1 Type-C port. This unit is lightweight compared to the meatier Thunderbolt 3 dock, supporting up to two additional display through two DisplayPort connections. Other highlights include a gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a power button that can control the system power status of the connected ThinkPad PC. The unit provides up to 60 watts of power, and ships with a 90-watt AC adapter.

Connectivity: 2x DisplayPort
1x VGA
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
3x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x Ethernet (gigabit)
1x Headphone/microphone jack
1x Security lock slot
Power: Provides up to 60 watts
Power button controls ThinkPad PC
Ships with 90-watt AC adapter
Max resolution:
(1 display)
3,840 x 2,160 @ 30Hz
DisplayPort only
Max resolution:
(2 displays)
1,920 x 1,080 @ 60Hz
via 2x DisplayPort
Max resolution:
(3 displays)
N/A
Networking: PXE boot support
Wake-On-LAN support
Starting price: $200
Availability: January 2017
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