Snapdragon-powered laptops and 2-in-1 tablet PCs are not anything new on the market. Maybe they are not as popular as those packed with Intel and AMD chips, but they have found their own place under the sun. In this sense, Lenovo is among those brands that like to launch laptops sporting Snapdragon chips. For instance, at the MWC 2022 exhibition at the beginning of the year, the company announced the world’s first ThinkPad X13s notebook powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor.
Today, the ThinkPad X13s finally became available for pre-order in Japan. The product’s 8GB memory version is priced at 167,299 yen ($1,239). This is not cheap but we guess it’s priced reasonably. To convince you that it is let’s get acquainted with its key features.
First, we have to take a look at the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, It’s a processor platform specially designed by Qualcomm for Windows notebooks. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 uses Samsung’s 5nm LPE process; the CPU architecture includes 4 3.0GHz Prime large cores (based on Cortex-X1) and 4 2.4GHz energy efficiency cores (based on Cortex-A78), with a total cache of 14MB, including 8MB L3 and 6MB system cache.
Compared with the previous generation, the single-core performance of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is improved by 40%, and the multi-core performance is improved by up to 85%.
According to official tests, the performance output of this processor is comparable to a 22W Core i5 at a power consumption of 9W or 25% more performance than a Core i5 at the same rated power consumption of 15W.
In other aspects, the ThinkPad X13s carries a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920*1200. By the way, there are versions with various brightness ranging from 300 nits to 400 nits.
Other than that, this notebook also comes with up to 32GB LPDDR4X memory, 1TB SSD, and a 49.5WH battery with a maximum battery life of 28 hours.
As for the dimensions and weight, the ThinkPad X13s notebook is 13.4mm thick, weighs only 1.06kg, and adopts a fan-less design.