On June 24, 2022, Lenovo Japan announced two new models of the “ThinkPad Z” series, the “ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1” and the “ThinkPad Z16 Gen 1”. The new model of the series will be announced for the first time in about 15 years, and it is a model positioned as “a new series with an eye on the next 30 years”.
Z series targeting Gen Z
The “ThinkPad Z” series is a premium model equipped with AMD’s latest CPU / GPU in a new design that sets it apart from the previous ThinkPad. The housing is environmentally friendly, such as using 75% recycled aluminum instead of carbon or resin. It targets people who have never used ThinkPad and young people in their 20s and 30s, who are said to be Gen Z.
The new design has a lumpy body with a sharp edge, and at first glance it is a form that does not look like a ThinkPad. The edge part has a metallic texture, giving it a luxurious finish that is typical of a premium model. There are two color variations, “ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1”, “Arctic Gray” and “Bronze”, and “ThinkPad Z16 Gen 1”, one color, “Arctic Gray”.
Kuraray’s artificial leather “Clarino” is used for the “bronze” of the “ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1”. It has a moist feel and looks like a high-class stationery. For robustness, we conducted 200 types of hardware verification tests, more than 700 types of software compatibility tests, and UX evaluations. It is compliant with MIL-STD-810H and has the same robustness as other ThinkPad.
At the top of the top plate, there is a part named “Communication Bar”, and two 360 ° sound collecting microphones are mounted on this part. It also supports Dolby Voice, which can reduce background noise and make the volume uniform. The webcam is equipped with a 1080p full HD camera. By pressing the F9 key, an e-privacy shutter that can electrically block the camera image is installed as standard, and security is also taken into consideration.
Like other ThinkPad keyboards, we are particular about the feeling of keystrokes. However, the layout is more conscious of general users, such as changing the lower left key to the Ctrl key instead of the ThinkPad traditional Fn key. The touch point is a combination of track point and click pad, but the click pad is pressure sensitive. Although it is a large click pad with a width of 120 mm, it can be operated by touching any of the four corners. You can also turn off the click pad feature, enable only the click button at the top, and use it in combination with TrackPoint.
Double-tap TrackPoint to launch the “Communication Quick Menu”. You can quickly set the functions you want to adjust during a video conference, such as adjusting the brightness and contrast of the camera and adjusting the microphone.
“ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1”
“ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1” is a mobile notebook equipped with a 13.3-inch liquid crystal display. The aspect ratio of the screen is 16:10, and you can select from WQXGA OLED (2560 x 1600) multi-touch compatible, WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS liquid crystal multi-touch compatible, and WUXGA IPS liquid crystal (selectable depending on the color). CPU is AMD’s Ryzen Pro 6000 series, memory is 16GB / 32GB, storage is 256GB / 512GB / 1TB. Battery life is up to 22.8 hours (JEITA 2.0 compliant)
The main body size is about 294.4 (width) x 199.6 (height) x 13.99 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 1.19 kg. The online store price starts from 311,300 yen (tax included).
“ThinkPad Z16 Gen 1”
The “ThinkPad Z16 Gen 1” is a high-performance laptop computer equipped with a 16-inch display. In addition to adopting the Ryzen Pro 6000H series such as Ryzen R9 Pro 6950H for the CPU, Radeon RX 6500M can be selected for the graphic.
The display is 16-inch and the aspect ratio is 16:10. WQXGA OLED (2560 x 1600) multi-touch compatible, WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS liquid crystal multi-touch compatible, WUXGA IPS liquid crystal can be selected (selectable depending on the color). CPU is AMD’s Ryzen Pro 6000 series, memory is 16GB / 32GB, storage is 256GB / 512GB / 1TB. Battery life is up to about 25.9 hours (JEITA 2.0 compliant).
The main body size is about 354.4 (width) x 237.4 (height) x 15.8 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 1.81 kg. The online store price starts from 368,500 yen (tax included).