Without much fanfare, Lenovo quietly posted the details about it’s new AMD Ryzen based ThinkPads. The ThinkPad E485 and E585, as the site calls them are aimed at businesses and have some premium services not available on consumer PCs.
With a sturdy, black built and the signature ThinkPad keyboard, these new Ryzen based laptops are one of the first of their kind aimed at businesses and the SMB market. All the three AMD Ryzen mobile CPUs are available for all the performance segments. AMD Ryzen 7 2700U with the Radeon Vega 10, Ryzen 5 2500U w/ Radeon Vega 8 and the Ryzen 3 2200U paired with the Radeon Vega 3, all show up on the Lenovo website.
The ThinkPad E485 has a smaller 14″ display, while the E585 has a larger 15.6″ screen. Both the notebooks feature an anti-glare display. The smaller one has a resolution of 1366×768, while the bigger one has a full HD 1080p screen. As you might have already guessed, the keyboards also are of different sizes. The larger one features a full fledged keyboard, while the ThinkPad E485 has a mobile keyboard, lacking the numpad.
AMD Ryzen Based Lenovo ThinkPad E485, E585 Specs
The rest of the specs are pretty much identical. Both the notebooks support upto 32GB DDR4 RAM, and a bunch of options are available for storage. 512 GB of NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD or somewhere in between. Hybrid storage solutions are also an option.
The dimensions are as per the norm. Ironically however, the 14inch Thinkpad E485 (at 21.9 mm) is marginally thicker than it’s larger sibling which is 19.9 mm. The weight makes up for the thickness of the smaller ThinkPad E485 which comes in at 1.75 kg. In comparison, the ThinkPad E585 weighs 2.1 kg, not surprising given the larger screen and the keyboard, not to mention the metallic skeletons. That makes these Ryzen based ThinkPads ideal for business and rough carriages.
When it comes to connectivity, the new Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and E585 notebooks offer 1×1 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 controller. I/O options are, a GbE port, a USB 3.1 Type-C header, two USB Type-A headers, an HDMI output, a micro SD card reader. Given their target market, both the ThinkPad E485 and E585 have a discrete TPM 2.0 chip for cryptographic operations.
By default, the Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and E585 are powered by a 45 Wh battery, rated at 9 hours, although that probably won’t be the case given the larger display on the 15.6″ model. The E585’s battery can however be upgraded to offer a longer battery life.
AMD Ryzen Based Lenovo ThinkPad E485, E585 Pricing
These Ryzen based ThinkPads are expected to be priced all across the board. Thanks to the AMD Ryzen 3 mobile CPU and conventional storage, these AMD Ryzen powered notebooks will probably be priced in the $550+ range. However, devices with the AMD Ryzen 7, SSDs and higher resolutions will probably be priced in excess of $1000+. So there’s something for everyone. The ThinkPad E485 and E585 are expected to hit stores by May 2018.