Snapdragon and laptop are terms you rarely hear in the same sentence. Qualcomm’s mobile processors are found in smartphones and tablets, but laptops rarely feature these System-on-Chip (SoC) processors.
That’s why the new Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is so interesting: Lenovo claims it’s the world’s first laptop powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Gen 3 chip, which itself is the world’s first 5-nanometer SoC for Windows PCs. Simply put, that means it packs more power into a smaller chip.
This ultra-slim and ultra-light laptop weighs 2.3 pounds and can last up to 28 hours on a single charge. It runs a special ARM version of Windows 11 Pro optimized for always-on business use, and connectivity options like 5G and Wi-Fi 6E let you work from anywhere at home or around the world.
Here’s everything we know about the Lenovo Thinkpad X13s.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Specifications
|To display||13.3 inch WUXGA (16:10) IPS AG (300 nit, 100% sRGB)|
|CPU||Snapdragon 8cx gen 3|
|GPUs||Integrated Intel Xe Graphics|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB|
|Storage room||Up to 1 TB|
|Ports||2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Audio, SIM|
|webcam||5MP RGB camera, 5MP IR camera|
|Cut||11.76 x 8.13 x 0.53 inches|
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Release date and price
The ThinkPad X13s will be available from May 2022 with a starting price of $1,099. In the US, ThinkPad X13s will be available on AT&T and Verizon later in 2022. Lenovo says more specific availability and pricing will be shared later.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: design and display
The ThinkPad X13s is both light and thin, with a footprint of 11.76 x 8.13 x 0.53 inches and a weight of 2.3 pounds. The Thunder Black chassis is made from 90% recycled magnesium and looks quite attractive. Although the laptop is small, it has a full keyboard that should give you plenty of room to type comfortably.
Due to its small size and low weight, the laptop should be ideal for carrying around your home, office or your favorite cafe.
The ThinkPad X13s features a 13.3-inch 16:10 (1920 x 1200 pixel) IPS display and can be configured with various brightness levels (300 to 400 nits) and touch functionality.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Ports
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s has 2 USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an audio port and a SIM card slot. That’s not a lot of ports, but we wouldn’t expect a laptop designed to be small and ultra-slim to have a ton of ports.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 computing platform. Qualcomm claims that new main cores integrated into the chipset’s Kryo processor can improve performance by up to 85% over a comparable x86 processor.
As with the older Snapdragon 8cx chips, this new generation includes 5G connectivity, which is one of the ThinkPad X13 connectivity options. Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 supports Wi-Fi 6E and its wireless speeds of 3.6Gbps.
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 features Qualcomm’s AI engine and Hexagon processor, and Qualcomm claims the chipset is capable of over 29 trillion operations per second (TOPS). That’s 3x more than the competition, allowing Snapdragon 8cx-powered laptops like the ThinkPad X13 to deliver a more sophisticated AI-powered experience, like facial recognition and blurred backgrounds in calls video.
On the video front, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset features Qualcomm’s Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP), which can support 4K HDR video and up to four cameras. Improved start-up times should allow users to switch to video calls 15% faster than they would with Gen 2-powered machines, and noise and echo cancellation technology is also supported.
We’re going to spend some time with the ThinkPad X13 to really assess its performance under real-world conditions. But based on what we know of the Snapdragon Gen 3, the ThinkPad X13 should deliver impressive performance for a laptop of this type.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Battery life and charging
According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad X13s’ 49.5 Wh Li-ion polymer battery can last up to 28 hours on a single charge. This is enough for three 8-hour working days. It also means that you should rarely have to worry about the laptop power going out at an inconvenient time.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: hybrid working capabilities
The ThinkPad X13s was designed for people who work from home and in the office.
It has connected standby and instant start functions so you can quickly pick up where you left off. Its improved processor should facilitate higher quality video conferencing with lower latency. The 5MP camera features always-on user presence detection that keeps you in frame, so you can worry less about looking out of place during meetings. There’s even a digital wellbeing feature that includes posture and screen time detection, as well as visual health notifications.
These features look great, especially the visual health notifications. We’re not sure exactly how it works, but if you sit in front of a laptop all day, having something that tells you to correct your posture seems like a good thing.
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: outlook
The ThinkPad X13s is unique because it’s the first Windows-based Snapdragon laptop we’ve seen sporting Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip. This should give the laptop extreme battery life and impressive performance. The fact that the X13s and its packaging are made mostly from recycled materials is a big bonus in a world that thinks more about sustainability.
We’ll have to wait until May before we can use the ThinkPad X13, but we can’t wait to put it to the test to see how well it performs. If it’s as good as advertised, this laptop could earn a spot on our best laptops list.