12th Gen Intel embraces Lenovo’s new ThinkPad P16 and C14 Chromebook laptops

The arrival of new Intel processors, now also HX, has also led Lenovo to announce new productivity machines, including the lightweight ThinkPad C14 Chromebook Enterprise and the impressive ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation.
12th Gen Intel embraces Lenovo's new ThinkPad P16 and C14 Chromebook laptops

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The advancement of technology does not allow stops and Lenovo, a well-known brand active in the IT branch, is aware of this, so much so that it has announced two new laptops, including the new ThinkPad P16 mobile workstation (in Italy in October, from 2,399 euros, with Premier support included for 3 years) and the more versatile and less demanding ThinkPad C14 Chromebook Enterprise.

Attentive to the environment (30% post-use recycled plastic for the speaker casing, 97% also used material for the battery casing) the ThinkPad P16 laptop, in collecting the inheritance of last year’s models, is suitable for AR / VR application developers and designers (as per Independent Software Vendor certification). Structurally, it uses a hyper-resistant aluminum frame (as per MIL-SPEC test), drawn up in the Storm Gray color (apart from the canonical trackpoint red). The touchpad is larger, the power button hides the fingerprint scanner (with dTPM 2.0 cryptographic chip, while the webcam (FullHD with infrared) has a physical shutter for privacy.

The display, in 16:10 format, has a 16-inch diagonal and offers several options: the UHD + one (3,840 x 2,400 pixels can be declined in a touch with stylus support, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR500 True Black, DCI-P3 al 100% and 400 nits maximum or in an IPS with 100% Adobe RGB coverage and 600 nits peak. By opting for the QHD + model (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) you get 400 nits maximum and 100% on the sRGB scale, as well as excellent viewing angles (IPS) and certification: in FullHD + there is always total sRGB coverage but the maximum brightness drops to 300 nits.

For the processors, the manufacturer has focused on the recent HX series of the 12th generation Intel, with i5 and i7 processors, without neglecting i9 iterations up to 16 cores with a clock frequency of 5 GHz of Turbo Boost: the integrated GPU is the Intel UHD , but alongside the dedicated one, with 16 GB of reserved memory, Nvidia RTX A5500. The RAM (DDR5 at 4,800 MHz) can be preferred up to 128 GB maximum, while for the SSD storage (PCIe Gen4 NVMe) you can go to a maximum of 8 TB. For the dissipation, a double by-pass design intervenes to keep the surface cool, a vapor chamber, two fans and an air intake under the keyboard.

Equipped with a 97 Wh battery that can be charged via a 170 or 230 watt power supply, ready for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, the ThinkPad P16 offers many ports on the sides of the camera body, including a pair of USB Type-A 3.2 1st gen, as many Type-Cs for Thunderbolt 4, a 2nd gen USB Type-C 3.2, an HDMI 2.1, the combo jack for headphones and microphone and the SD card reader. If desired, the option with a modem for 4G is also available. On the software side, the user can choose between Windows 11 (Pro-Home), or Linux (Red Hat Enterprise, Ubuntu, Fedora).

For less demanding performance, the ThinkPad C14 Chromebook Enterprise will be available, weighing 1.56 kilograms in the Abtyss Blue color. The webcam is steadfast in FullHD to offer good support for corporate video calling. Although it is a terminal based on ChromeOS, also due to obtaining the vPro certification, the manufacturer has integrated performing 12th generation Intel processors, also i7, supported by max 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage.

Equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, although the option for 4G via nanoSIM is not lacking, the ThinkPad C14 Chromebook Enterprise (in the US from June, from 629 dollars) integrates a 57 Wh battery and offers a variety of ports , including microSD reader, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt via Type-C, USB Type-A 3.2, and audio jack.


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