Lenovo's ThinkPad X395: A 13.3-Inch AMD Ryzen Pro-Based Ultraportableby Anton Shilov on May 9, 2019 6:30 PM EST
Long one of AMD's closest and most eager laptop partners, Lenovo has introduced one of the industry’s first Ryzen Pro 3000-powered ultra-portable premium business laptops. The ThinkPad X395 features a 13.3-inch display, weighs around 1.28 kilograms, and promises a battery life of up to 14.5 hours.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X395 comes in the company's signature ultra-durable black carbon fiber chassis. Overall the laptop is 16.9 mm thick and has a footprint of 31.2 x 21.7 cm, with the carbon fiber body helping to keep the weight to just 1.28 kg. Meanwhile in terms of display technology, the base model includes a 1366×768 resolution TN panel. Higher-end models bump that up to a 1920×1080 IPS display, and include further options such as touch support and PrivacyGuard to protect against prying eyes.
As is typically the case for Lenovo, the company is offering the ThinkPad X395 in a variety of configurations to cover different price points. The base model includes an AMD quad-core Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U APU, while higher-end models offer the Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U and Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U. The APUs will be paired with up to 16 GB of DDR4-2400/2666 while storage is provided by an NVMe SSD, with sizes up to 1 TB.
When it comes to wireless connectivity, the ThinkPad has an Intel Wireless 9260 2×2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0 controller as well as an optional 4G/LTE Cat 9 modem, which makes it one of a few AMD-based laptops with WWAN ever released. As for physical ports, the notebook features a Gigabit Ethernet port (dongle required), two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, two USB 3.1 Type-A (Gen 1 and Gen 2) ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a micro SD card reader, a smart card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack for headsets. On which note, as is increasingly common for laptops in this segment, the X395 is powered entirely via USB-C. The system also includes far-field microphones, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium badge, a spill-resistant keyboard, an UltraNav joystick, and a touchpad.
Being among Lenovo’s first X-series ThinkPads with AMD's Ryzen Pro inside, the ThinkPad X395 is clearly aimed at business/corporate users and fittingly supports an appropriate feature set. Besides DASH remote management, memory encryption, and other capabilities of AMD’s Ryzen Pro 3000 platform, the machine is also equipped with a 720p webcam with ThinkShutter privacy cover and optional IR sensors for Windows Hello, a match-in-sensor fingerprint reader, a dTPM 2.0 chip, and other typical pro-level ThinkPad features.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X395 comes with a 48 Wh battery that the manufacturer says will last for up to 14.5 hours (based on testing using MobileMark 2014). Obviously, real-world results will be different, but Lenovo’s battery life tends to be ahead of the curve when it comes to AMD-powered notebooks.
|General Specifications of Lenovo's ThinkPad X395 Laptops|
|Brightness||250 cd/m²||300 - 400 cd/m²|
|Touch||No||Optional 10-points multitouch|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U: 4C/4T, 2.1 - 3.5 GHz, 1 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 6 iGPU with 384 SPs at 1.2 GHz
|AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U: 4C/8T, 2.1 - 3.7 GHz, 2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 8 iGPU with 512 SPs at 1.2 GHz
|AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U: 4C/8T, 2.3 - 4 GHz, 2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 10 iGPU with 640 SPs at 1.4 GHz
|RAM||Capacity||up to 16 GB|
|Storage||Capacity||up to 1 TB PCIe/NVMe SSD|
|Wi-Fi||Intel 9260 Wireless AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module|
|WWAN||Optional: Integrated Global Mobile Broadband LTE-A|
|USB||2 × USB 3.1 Type-A (Gen 1 and Gen 2)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (power, data, DP 1.2)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (data, DP 1.2)
|Ethernet||GbE with dongle (sold separately)|
|Other I/O||HDMI 2.0, 720p webcam with Windows Hello and ThinkShutter, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, microSD card reader, smart card reader|
|Figerprint Reader||Match-in-Sensor fingerprint reader|
|Security||discrete TPM 2.0 chip|
|Dimensions||Width||311.9 mm | 12.28 inches|
|Length||217.2 mm | 8.55 inches|
|Thickness||16.9 mm | 0.68 inches|
|Weight||1.28 kg | 2.83 pounds|
|Life||Up to 14.5 hours
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro|
|Support & Services||Premier Support by 'advanced-level technicians with the expertise' by phone.
Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) - a fixed-cost, fixed-term protection plan.
|Price||Starting at $1,089|
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X395 laptops will be available starting in June. Their prices will start at $1,089. By default, the machine comes with a one-year limited warranty, but this one can be extended up to three years with further options for Lenovo’s premium support as well as accidental damage protection.
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coder543 - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkI think the T495 and T495s that were announced at the same time are also notable: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/05/lenovo-add...
timecop1818 - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linklmao, AMD attracts worst specs all around. 1366x768 panel in 2019? That's outright criminal. Does Windows 10 even run at this resolution without complaining that your desktop is too small or require scrolling in every app?
Destoya - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkThe intel equivalent X390 has the same crappy 768p panel paired with an i5-8265U and 8GB single channel memory. It's not (entirely) AMD's fault, more a reflection of the business laptop market which doesn't prioritize high resolution screens on the lowest spec offerings.
HStewart - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkhttps://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thin...
Dharan - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkGuys, its not just about screen resolution... People would need zoom eye specs to view if you squeeze so many pixels in small screens.. Unlike mobile phones, these are laptops which would have a eye to screen distance to cover... Physical ability of eye has not improved for generations...
niva - Monday, May 13, 2019 - linkWell, that's good for you if you like TN panels with 768p resolution in 2019. I'm glad to know a customer exists for laptops like these because I can't rationalize them.
Daeros - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkThat's because you don't support users in an enterprise environment, where users need to be able to use applications developed in-house 10-20 years ago. If you did, you'd know that a 13" screen at 1080p for a 40yo user and an app that isn't DPI-aware is a terrible mix.
zmatt - Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - linkThen you don't work in IT. I have several applications I support that do not play nice with HiDPI or Windows 10's text scaling. It's practically a waste to buy 1080p laptops because we end up turning the resolution down to 1366x768 anyways. More often than not when I deploy a batch a new machines I will get two or three tickets that day complaining that they cant read anything.
Having the 1366x768 option saves my department money because we don't have to spend it on features that will never be used. These are work computers, not toys. Nobody is watching movies on them.
wmertens - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - linkCan't you just double the resolution on the old apps?
HiDPI screens offer much better contrast and legibility for text, the major business use case. Movies are just fine on 768p.
On my old screen I used to see rasters after working all day on them. Now, things are wonderful.
Anonymous123 - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - linkI recommend staying away from windows 10 altogether as it's full of spyware/malware/ad spam. It is, by far, the most abusive OS microsoft has created, and even though it may initially be more difficult, moving to a linux build may be the only option to regain the freedom and control they wish to take away from us.