If you awoke from a dream this morning with P’s written in Sharpie all across your torso, there’s a reason. Lenovo has announced the next generation of the ThinkPad P Series laptops bringing a whole host of upgrades to the ThinkPad family. Altogether there are five laptops in the mix and while they all hit different needs, you’ll likely be most interested in the 3D pro-focused updates for the P15 and P17.

10th Gen Intel + Ultra Performance Mode

Leading the features for the entire P Series line is the new Ultra Performance Mode (enabled in the BIOS) that brings you more control over performance settings, shifting VPU and GPU processor priority to wherever it’s needed most. On top of that, each laptop gets new 10th gen Intel H series Core or Xeon processors. The next-gen ThinkPad P Series release includes:

  • ThinkPad P17
  • ThinkPad P15
  • ThinkPad P15v
  • ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
  • ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3

ThinkPad P15/ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstations

The P15 and P17 are successors to the P53 and P73. Each has had their thermal design completely reengineered for 13% more airflow with larger vents, a new thermal mesh, and a 30% larger CPU heat sink. They also feature a new daughtercard design, replacing the soldered design, that allows 4x more GPU/CPU configurations than previous laptops. With that, you have options to use up to an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU for more graphics power.

ThinkPad P15 and P17
The ThinkPad P15 (left) and the ThinkPad P17 (right) Mobile Workstations.
  • 10th Gen Intel Core or Xeon
  • Up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160); OLED Touch or 600nit LCD (15); 500nit LCD (17)
  • Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Storage
  • Up to 128 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 2x Intel Thunderbolt 3
  • New 94WHr shared battery
  • Size: 375.4 x 252.3 x 29.1mm (15); 416 x 281 x 30.2mm (17)
  • Weight: 6.0lbs (15); 7.7lb (17)
  • Availability: July 2020 starting at $1,979 (15) and $2119 (17)
Exploded internal view of the Lenovo ThinkPad P15

ThinkPad P15v

Though the P15v has a lot of the features in the P15, you’ll have limits on memory, GPU, and ports. However, if you need a slightly smaller size and weight, without the power of an RTX GPU, this little guy may interest you.

ThinkPad P15v
The ThinkPad P15v Mobile Workstation
  • 10th Gen Intel Core or Xeon
  • Up to NVIDIA P620
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) 600nit LCD
  • Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Storage
  • Up to 64 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 1x Intel Thunderbolt 3
  • Size: 366.5 x 250 x 22.7mm
  • Weight: 4.6lbs
  • Availability: July 2020 starting at $1,349

ThinkPad P1 Gen 3

At 0.72in (18.4mm) and starting at 3.75lbs, the P1 is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest workstation. It comes with updated technology and new improvements to its premium look-and-feel along with new anti-smudge coating to reduce fingerprint visibility. They’ve also upgraded the speakers.

ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 Mobile Workstation.
  • 10th Gen Intel Core or Xeon
  • Up to NVIDIA T2000
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) OLED Touch or 600nit LCD
  • Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Storage
  • Up to 64 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 2x Intel Thunderbolt 3
  • Size: 361.8 x 245.7 x 18.4mm
  • Weight: 3.75lbs
  • Availability: July 2020 starting at $2,019

ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The X1 is their new offering that comes in at the entry level on price but delivering mobility and power for everyday use. You’ll get the size and weight of the P1 and up to the same amount of storage and memory but limited in power on the GPU and CPU.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Mobile Workstation
  • 10th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile
  • Up to NVIDIA GeForce 1650Ti
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) OLED Touch or 600nit LCD
  • Up to 4TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Storage
  • Up to 64 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 2x Intel Thunderbolt 3
  • Size: 361.8 x 245.7 x 18.2mm
  • Weight: 3.75lbs
  • Availability: July 2020 starting at $1749

Keep an eye out on lenovo.com/thinkworkstation/ for availability come July.

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