The ThinkPad P71 is the biggest and baddest monster of the bunch, strutting its stuff with a 17-inch display. That dominant display can be had in FHD (1080p) or 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolutions. The 7.6-pound mobile workstation is powered by either Intel’s Xeon E3-v6 series or Intel seventh generation Kaby Lake Core i7 processors. As for graphics, you can equip the notebook with up to an NVIDIA Quadro P5000M GPU.
Given that these notebooks are used by engineers and designers, Lenovo provides room to grow with four SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of DDR4 and up to four internal storage devices (up to a 2TB 2.5-inch HDD and up to a 2TB PCIe SSD) and a DVD-RW drive (if you’re still in need of optical media). You can also add in up to a 1TB HDD using a Bay Adapter if you don’t need the DVD-RW.
The ThinkPad P71 doesn’t disappoint on the port front either, bringing four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, GbE, 4-in-1 SD reader, Smart Card Reader and ExpressCard 34. Powering this hulking giant is an 8-cell 96 WHr battery.
“Content creators working with demanding VR workflows require the most robust and reliable performance possible,” says Bob Pette, NVIDIA VP of Professional Visualization. “Lenovo’s VR-ready ThinkPad P71 with Quadro Pascal-based GPUs for mobile workstations provides the performance, features and memory required for creating the most compelling VR experiences anywhere.”
Moving on to its slightly smaller brethren, the ThinkPad P51 has a 15-inch display available in FHD (touch or non-touch) and 4K UHD resolutions. Like its bigger brother, it too is available with Xeon E3-v6 or Kaby Lake processors and up supports up to 64GB of memory, but its graphics capabilities top out with a Quadro M2200M. 2.5-inch HDDs and PCIe SSDs are supported, and customers can select from either a 4-cell (66 WHr) or 6cell (90 WHr) battery. The ThinkPad P51’s port layout largely resembles that of the ThinkPad P71, but only features a single Thunderbolt 3 port instead of two.
The final member of the family is the 4.3-pound ThinkPad P51s, which aims to achieve high performance in a more svelte form-factor. It ditches the Xeon processors and goes for a Kaby Lake-exclusive lineup. Likewise, you’ll find “just” a Quadro M520M GPU to handle your graphics needs. Display options mirror that of the P51 as does its port selection (minus one USB 3.0 port). 2.5-inch HDD and PCI NVMe SSDs are supported and you can equip the ThinkPad P51s with up to 32GB of memory via two SO-DIMM slots.
The ThinkPad P51s will be available in March priced from $1,049. The ThinkPad P51 and P71 will be available in April priced from $1,399 and $1,849 respectively.