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The new Lenovo Thinkpad X13 Gen 5 is a 2.7 pound notebook with a 13.3 inch display, a chassis made from magnesium and aluminum, and support for up to an Intel Core Ultra 7 165U processor.

And the new ThinkPad X13 2-in-1 Gen 5 is a 2.8 pound laptop with similar features except it has a touchscreen display and 360-degree hinge, allowing you to use this computer in laptop, tablet, tent, or stand modes. Lenovo quietly began selling the laptops to its website last week, but now the company has issued a press release with more pricing and availability details.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 2-in-1 (Gen 5)

Lenovo says the ThinkPad X13 Gen 5 and X13 2-in-1 Gen 5 will both be available in April with prices starting at $1,239 and $1,399, respectively.

You can actually already buy the laptops now – but I wouldn’t recommend it, because Lenovo is charging ridiculously high prices: the clamshell laptop currently starts at $2799 for a model with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125U processor, 16GB of LPDDR5x-7500 memory, and a 256GB M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. Prices start at $2999 for a 2-in-1 model with similar features.

But it sounds like those prices should fall in a few weeks.

Both versions of the laptop can be configured with up to an Intel Core Ultra 7 165U processor, 64GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage. And there’s also support for optional features including a 4G LTE modem and/or IR camera for face recognition.

All versions of both laptops ship come with either a 41 Wh or 54.7 Wh battery, a 5MP webcam, and a 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD display with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Entry-level versions of the X13 Gen 5 laptop come with a non-touch display, but you can upgrade to a touchscreen. The 2-in-1 ships standard with a touchscreen display and also features a Lenovo Pen for writing or drawing on the screen.

Other features include stereo 2W speakers with Dolby Audio Premium sound, two microphones with far-field voice detection and Dolby Voice support, an LED backlit keyboard, a fingerprint sensor integrated with the power button, and Lenovo’s TrackPoint system with a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard.

Ports include:

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x nano SIM card slot (on models with a 4G modem)

While the starting prices for these laptops seems very high for notebooks with these specs, it’s worth keeping in mind that Lenovo positions its ThinkPad models as business laptops and those prices are most likely targeted at enterprise customers. But Lenovo also has a habit of running sales so frequently that I’m not sure why anyone would ever pay the list price for most of the company’s laptops.

This article was first published March 13, 2024 and most recently updated March 19, 2024. 

via NotebookCheck (1)(2) and Lenovo press release

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  1. I bought a P16s AMD Gen2 for barely 1300 euro. Comes with a 7840U, 64 Gb Ram, performance Samsung EVO 980 1 Tb SSD + almost 90 WH battery + special low-power use display with 100 % RGB. And it came preloaded with Fedora 39. Every single time in the selector when I could upgrade something to the max, I did. End price was 1600, and they removed 300 euro because it was a christmas offer.

    So what I see here is laptops with MUCH LESS for twice the price. Intel CPU are crap compared to AMD in anything that is multicore work. AMD CPUs are cheaper, they go around circles in performance vs Intel CPUs that heat a lot more, eat a lot more power, and suck at anything but single core. And on Linux, P-STATE on AMD is amazing to use… Intel is nowhere there.

    Well lenovo, sorry, but I’m not going to spend a single euro on those offers.

    And if you buy a Lenovo with an Intel instead of an AMD, you’re dumb.

  2. I haven’t had a ThinkPad since it said “IBM” on the case. That was a great piece of kit. I wonder what these new ones are really like.

    1. I serviced a few different sets of 13.3″ and 15.6″ Thinkpads before I retired from the military–about 120 laptops total. They are better than anything from Dell or Acer and low-end HP laptops, but nowhere near as good as the higher business-class HP Elitebook/Zbook models.

      The Lenovo trackpads/touchpads were universally awful, battery life was dismal, and many of them have the Fn key in the lower-left instead of Ctrl (yes, you can change it in the BIOS, but it’s still screen printed on the keys). I also had a weird issue on the T2x0 series: the tolerance on the USB-A ports was tight. When I inserted the wrong USB drive, the “guts” would actually get stuck into the laptop and I’d rip the shell clean away.

      They did hold up fairly well to being shipped around the country in compartmentalized Pelican cases. I will give them that.

      1. Either I’ve never experienced a decent touch pad in my life, or the experience is subjective, or there have been some improvements over time.
        I can definitely say the pad on my X380 Yoga (which the x13 2 in 1 looks like a drop in replacement for) is way better than the one on my L440. I definitely didn’t like how mushy that was.
        Despite Lenovo’s claims, I won’t expect battery life to be much better than the 5 hours I currently get (on Linux) since these are still 15 watt CPUs and the battery isn’t much bigger but maybe there’s been a lot of improvements in efficiency that I don’t know about, I just wouldn’t bet on it, even though it really needs to be better since they switched to the rather fragile USB-C so you don’t want to use it while it’s plugged in. I really hope the fan noise is better, since that’s what bothers other people.