Lenovo's ThinkPad P1 puts a Core i9 or Xeon in a thin-and-light laptop

You heard right: Core i9 or Xeon plus Nvidia Quadro, and it's just 0.7 inch thin and 3.76 pounds.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1 is a workstation laptop that somehow crams an 8th-gen Core i9 or Xeon plus Nvidia Quadro graphics into a chassis just 0.7 inch thin and 3.76 pounds. This is a machine made for creators, designers, and other professionals who live in graphics-intensive applications—and don’t want to be weighed down. 

Lenovo is serious about making this laptop as light as possible. Even the AC adapter is 35 percent more petite than its predecessor. 

Announced Monday and available at the end of August, the ThinkPad P1 will have a starting price of $1,949. For more details, dig into the specs and features below. 

ThinkPad P1 specs and features

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The ThinkPad P1 includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports amongits generous connectivity. 

Processor: 8th-gen Intel Core i9 or Xeon

Memory: Up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM

Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS technology with 300 nits’ maximum brightness, 72 percent NTSC color gamut; or 4K UHD (3840x2160) IPS technology touchscreen with 400 nits’ maximum brightness, 100 percent Adobe color gamut and 10-bit color depth

Graphics: Nvidia Quadro P1000 or P2000

Storage: Up to 4TB NVMe SSD

Connectivity: Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C), one HDMI 2.0, one mini Gigabit ethernet, one SD card reader, Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi: Intel 9560 802.11a/c

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The ThinkPad P1 will come in Lenovo’s classic back design, with a glass touchpad and a seamless keyboard.

Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches

Weight: Starting at 3.76 pounds

Battery: 80WHr

As you can see from the configuration, the ThinkPad P1 doesn’t skimp. Core i9 laptops aren’t for everyone, but those who need this sort of power should have little to complain about.  

Of course, you'll also get the classic matte-black ThinkPad design. The chassis material is carbon fiber and a magnesium alloy. Features include a glass touchpad and a seamless keyboard.  

Why this matters: Most Core i9 laptops so far have been big, husky gaming laptops like the Alienware 17 R5. These are glorious machines, ready for anything, but pretty expensive, too. The ThinkPad P1’s starting price for a Core i9 is very attainable, and it’s actually portable instead of luggable. 

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