Lenovo has unveiled a new mid-range ThinkPad, which is pretty unremarkable in a bunch of ways, except one: It comes with AMD Ryzen APUs.
Other than that, the laptop is fairly commonplace.
It has a peak thickness of 17.8mm, as well as a max weight of 1.26kg for the touchscreen model. The design is fairly professional-looking, and being a ThinkPad, there is a TrackPoint nob at the middle of the keyboard.
The 12.5-inch display comes with 1366 x 768 resolution on the base model, though, a 1080p IPS panel with 10-point multi-touch display is also available (4K will reportedly arrive later on).
The ThinkPad A285 comes with a choice of three different APUs. There’s Ryzen 3 PRO 2200U with Vega 3, Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U with Vega 8, and Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U with Vega 8.
You get up to 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (8 GB in the base model), as well as up to 512 GB of PCI-e based SSD storage.
Connectivity and Battery Life
For connectivity, you get a USB-C port, 2 USB-A 3.0, HDMI 1.4, microSD, audio-jack and fingerprint scanner, alongside a 720p webcam. The webcam comes with a cover.
For wireless, you get 2×2 Wi-Fi ac, with Bluetooth 4.2. Ethernet is supported via a dongle. Battery life is said to last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
The laptop comes with Windows 10, either in Home or Pro configurations. It starts at around ¥178,000 or $1,582 in Japan for the base model. Keep in mind that PCs and laptops are overpriced in Japan, the A285 will cost less and will be available in different configurations in other regions.