Lenovo has introduced what it calls the world’s highest-performing 15.6-inch mobile workstation. The ThinkPad P53 packs Intel’s eight-core Core i9 or Xeon processor, up to 128 GB of RAM, as well as NVIDIA’s Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card.

Based on Intel’s 9th Core processors, the ThinkPad P53 comes with as 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS LCD or Ultra-HD OLED display that supports Dolby Vision HDR as well as touch. The mobile workstation can be equipped with a discrete GPU (up to Quadro RTX 5000), four SO-DIMMs (up to 128 GB of DDR4), and multiple M.2 SSDs (up to 6 TB of storage) including Intel’s Optane Memory M10 caching SSD.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the ThinkPad P53 is equipped with Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1 vPro AX200 adapter, Fibocom’s L850 LTE CAT9a modem, a GbE port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, a smart card reader, a 3.5-mm headset jack, and so on. The ThinkPad P53 has an HD webcam with IR and ThinkShutter, a fingerprint reader, dTPM 2.0, speakers, microphones, etc.

Since the ThinkPad P53 is designed to deliver ultimate performance, it is not particularly compact, yet we cannot say that it is too big as well. The workstation is 28 mm thick and weighs 2.45 kilograms, in line with other 15.6-inch high-end laptops. Because this is indeed a workstation, the ThinkPad P53 has certifications from multiple ISVs for ArcGIS, AutoCAD, CATIA, Creo, Inventor, Microstation, NX, PDMS, Revit, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Vectorworks, Petrel, Decision Space, 3dsMax, and Maya.

Lenovo's ThinkPad P53
  ThinkPad P53 FHD ThinkPad P53 4K UHD
Display Type  IPS OLED
Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
Brightness 300/500 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Color Gamut 72% NTSC ?
Touch No Yes
HDR No Dolby Vision HDR
CPU Intel's 9th Generation Core i7/i9 or Xeon with up to eight cores.
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete up to NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000
RAM up to 128 GB DDR4
Storage up to 6 TB PCIe SSDs with RAID 0/RAID 1/RAID 5
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless AX200 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.1
4G/LTE Fibocom L850 LTE CAT9
Thunderbolt 2 × USB Type-C TB3 ports
USB 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
GbE Native
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Webcam HD webcam with ThinkShutter
HD webcam with IR for Windows Hello and ThinkShutter
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, joystick, trackpad, card reader, etc.
Battery 90 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 28 mm
Width 377.4 mm
Depth 252.3 mm
Weight 2.45 kg | 5.4 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Pro for Workstation
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Ubuntu Linux (pre-load)
Red Hat Linux (certified)

Lenovo’s ThinkPad P53 will hit the market in July at a price starting at $1,799.

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Source: Lenovo

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  • Teckk - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Now that is an awesome machine. That's the sort of connectivity and ports we need in all laptops !
  • SharpEars - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    USB 3.1 Gen 1??? Are you friggin' kidding me? No sale!
  • geo2160 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    You have two TB3 for high speed storage. Why would you need another three 10gbps ports for, when they will probably get used for kb/mouse anyway?
  • TheUnhandledException - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    it is a first world problem but I wish they would make all the ports the same highest speed. On my laptop now I am always plugging the dock into the wrong port and then windows complains. How about 4x TB3 ports. Who cares if you use them for 5Gbps or 10 Gbps usb devices. You have four ports they do everything. Then throw in one USB-A port for legacy devices.
  • amnesia0287 - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    That’s a chipset problem. The standard thunderbolt chip only usually supports 2 connections, which is why for example the Mac mini has 2 thunderbolt chips. Usb-c 3.1 is built into the chipset, thus using those ports is just a matter of wiring them in.
  • TheUnhandledException - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    It isn't really a problem as the Macbook Pro shows. Just use two controllers. Especially on a beefy system like this it isn't like you lack the lanes. It is a minor thing it wouldn't keep me from buying it but I would prefer the flexibility of just having four TB3 ports over 2 TB3 ports and 2 inferior usb ports using the same form factor.
  • lazarpandar - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    do you know how fast I type?
  • Krysto - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    Knowing it's a Core i9 and a Lenovo laptop, I'd expect either some serious throttling or serious overheating (despite the thickness).

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