Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13s is the world’s first ARM-based ThinkPad, a lightweight and long-lasting laptop. The benefit of using Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon processors in Windows 11 laptops is greater power efficiency, along with always-on connectivity, even when on the go. Lenovo leveraged this to the full extent with the ThinkPad X13s, making this an intriguing solution for a work laptop with effortless mobility.

The ThinkPad has a long history of high quality and reliability, leading to a large base of business and enterprise users. Once an IBM product, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005 and, along with it, the popular ThinkPad laptop brand. One of the most iconic features of a ThinkPad is the TrackPoint, an alternative to the mouse or trackpad that is a bit like a tiny joystick. The TrackPoint is pressure-sensitive, and a firmer push increases the cursor’s speed or scrolling when a modifier key is held down.

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Lenovo’s unique ThinkPad line has a new addition to the family, and this one has some remarkable capabilities thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor. Using a super-efficient chip allows for a thin, light and long-lasting laptop. It’s also a great example of what’s possible with an always-on, always-connected PC with Wi-Fi 6E and optional 5G mmWave connectivity. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip runs cool enough that this is a fan-less laptop. Despite this, performance should be about the same as an Intel Core i5 CPU. An early issue with ARM-based laptops was the need to emulate x86 and x64 processors since most Windows apps have been compiled to run on those chips. That is beginning to change as more apps are available with native ARM support, and emulation has improved in both speed and compatibility,

ThinkPad X13s Battery Life

The most significant advantage of an ARM-based laptop is its incredible battery life, and the ThinkPad X13s is among the longest-lasting at 28 hours on a single charge, despite weighing just 2.3 pounds. It’s worth noting that this is achieved with local video playback, so when streaming media or doing something more demanding, the battery will drain faster. Even so, the ThinkPad X13s should easily provide a full day of use in most cases. Configurations can include up to 32 gigabytes of memory and one terabyte of storage. The 1920 by 1200 resolution, 13.3-inch display isn’t the brightest at 300 nits, but a 400 nits option will also be available.

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip has artificial intelligence enhancement of conference calls, using AI for face detection for automatic zooming and panning, background blur to hide clutter, and noise suppression to improve sound quality. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13x starting price will be $1,099, and it will be available from Verizon and AT&T later this year, offering a solid choice for both the office and those working from home.