Lenovo has an established mobile workstation line -- its ThinkPad P series -- but it's lagged behind HP's ZBook and Dell's Precision lines when it comes to slim and 2-in-1 models, with its lightest models still weighing over 4 pounds (2 kilograms).
It lags behind when it comes to announcing its products too. Many of the light and convertible models HP and Dell announced earlier this year are just beginning to become available. While Lenovo oddly hasn't updated its ThinkPad P40 Yoga convertible since it debuted in 2015, it's finally offering an ultraportable: the ThinkPad P1.
The ThinkPad P1 is slated to ship in the US by the end of August, starting at $1,950. We don't know shipping or availability elsewhere, but the US starting price directly converts to about £1,530 and AU$2,660.
Despite the option for a 400-nit touch 4K Ultra HD display with 100 percent Adobe RGB gamut coverage, the 15-inch ThinkPad P1 targets CAD/CAM/CAE more than the (mythical) "right brain" design professions. Its certifications at launch are for ArcGIS, AutoCAD, CATIA, Creo, Inventor, Microstation, NX, PDMS, Revit, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Vectorworks. And it looks the part, with the staid, basic black ThinkPad aesthetic.
Lenovo also gave its workhorse 17-inch P71 a bunch of component bumps for the ThinkPad P72: eighth-generation Intel Core and Xeon processors, Nvidia Quadro P5200, up to 128GB memory, up to 6TB storage with up to 16GB Intel Optane acceleration storage.
It's also expected to ship by the end of August, with prices starting at $1,800 (directly converted, about AU$2,450 and £1,410).