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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jtd871 - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkProbably the 1366x768 is needed to hit the power budget. A higher res screen would likely draw down the battery too quickly for the marketing people (who draw up the specs for the engineers to hit).
rahvin - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkI was going to post the same "criminal" statement about a 1366×768 resolution panel, especially a TN panel.
Any laptop with a 1366×768 resolution panel is a joke of a product. Just a straight up joke.
Samus - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkNot to defend Lenovo and their shit quality over the last decade, but HP and Dell do the same thing...although not on flagship laptops. The Elitebook 8xx series can still be had with 768p screens but they have never had shitty screens on the Elitebook 1xxx series afaik. And this Thinkpad is totally in that category - having a starting price of over $1000.
Which is really comical because the only reason to get a Lenovo over a Dell or HP is if its substantially cheaper. Historically that was the case but not so anymore.
Anonymous123 - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - linkWindows 10 is very not recommended. It's chock full of spyware/malware/ads that have to update themselves constantly. 7 may be better, although they're trying to force it out of existence with a glut of bad hardware designed to not work with it. Thinkpads have traditionally worked with linux very well, and I suggest Mint as an alternative to windows.
Rookierookie - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkGiven Lenovo's battery time claim with the E585, I expect the "real" battery life for this to be about 5 hours of internet browsing.
StevoLincolnite - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkYep. Also an E585 owner... About 5 hours is what I get.
Waiting on the 7nm Ryzen chips before I upgrade my notebook though, if it's next year, then so be it.
Irata - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkAcer Matebook with a Ryzen 2500U owner here - the battery life is really good - 10+ hours internet browsing is no issue. The OEM just needs to do it right.
velanapontinha - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkElitebook 745 with 2700U owner here. Battery life is a third less than intel equivalent. I'm holding a rollout hoping for a widespread fix with these 3x00U processors.
Irata - Friday, May 10, 2019 - linkTBH, I do not have the Intel based counterpart to compare my Matebook to, but as my use case does not involve letting it idle for prolonged periods (i.e. not for hours) on battery (I do what I want to do with it and then shut it down), maybe the Idle issue does not affect me that much.
Still, any improvement to battery life is always welcome :)
Hurn - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - linkAnyone taking bets on whether it'll be crippled with a single memory channel? Hint: Look at their track record with previous AMD systems.