A few days before CES 2018, Lenovo shares its new ThinkPad lineup that comes with 8th-gen Intel chips and an integrated webcam cover for privacy.
The Chinese electronics company appears to understand the importance of privacy and security. Its latest series of business-centric devices have added features that offer a little extra peace of mind for its users. A total of nine different models were revealed along with some of their notable specifications.
Similar to other laptops marketed for business use, Lenovo's new models are considerably secured via different means. Biometric sensors like fingerprint readers and IR cameras with facial recognition technology are available options.
Some models can be customized with Intel vPro processors, which make it easier for IT personnel to access and troubleshoot company-issued systems remotely and securely. What makes the new ThinkPads interesting is the physical webcam covers that completely covers its front-facing webcams.
This year's X280 model is reportedly slimmer by 15 percent than its predecessor and weighs only 2.6 pounds, which makes it 20 percent lighter than before. Lenovo's Rapid Charge technology charges the laptop up to 80 percent of its capacity in just 60 minutes and touts a MIL-SPEC protection.
The T580 is a 15-inch laptop that can be configured to sport a 4K display with a Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU onboard. Interestingly, the manufacturer advertises its capability to run for 27-hours with an extended battery accessory.
This model comes with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 with vPro processor and can accommodate up to 32GB of RAM. Its webcam features the physical ThinkShutter camera cover. It reportedly offers a 14.5-hour usage time on a single charge with a 3-cell battery, which presumably lasts longer with the optional 6-cell unit.
The T480s sports most of the specifications of the above-mentioned model. However, it is slimmer and lighter than that regular model. Its added portability reduces the battery life by an hour, which seems like an acceptable trade for a compact chassis.
Lenovo offers a 13-inch business laptop that surprisingly comes with a touch-enabled display. It comes in a sleek frame with battery performance that manages 12 hours on single charge.
ThinkPad L380 Yoga
The L380 Yoga features the same specifications as the regular variant but is a little heavier by 0.20 pounds. Just like other Yoga laptops, users can fold the touchscreen all the way back or at an angle like a kickstand.
The L480 is a budget-friendly variant similar to the L380 models with an option to add a video card for gaming. Users can pay a little extra for an AMD Radeon 540 GPU.
ThinkPad L580 is another laptop intended for the frugal user that also needs a bigger display. Lenovo did not confirm if this ThinkPad model comes with a gaming variant with a GPU. This 15-inch model lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge.
Sources confirm that all of these new ThinkPad laptops will use USB Type-C power bricks. As a standard, these come with the brand's unique ThinkShutter camera covers for all models. More information from the manufacturer will likely be shared during CES 2018.