Lenovo has announced a new workstation-class laptop in its ThinkPad series — the P52. A typical ThinkPad on the outside, the P52 can be configured as a music and video production monster on the inside. The laptop uses 8th Generation Intel Xeon and Core CPUs with up to six processing cores and supports up to 128GB DDR4 RAM (non-ECC) or up to 64GB DDR (ECC) RAM alongside up to 6TB of combined PCI M.2 solid state and 2.5-inch hard-drive storage. That’s plenty of memory to tackle even the most complicated, sampling-intense, high-track-count audio projects.
The graphics unit is the NVIDIA Quadro P3200 with 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, which drives either a FHD (1920 x 1080) or UHD (3840 x 2160) 15.6-inch display. It’s worth noting that the latter option supports 100% of the Adobe color gamut, so your video editing is going to be on point. The FHD panel conforms to 72% NTSC color gamut.
In terms of ports and peripherals, the laptop features an integrated 4-in-1 card reader, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a mic/headphone jack. That’s a generous amount of connectivity, so you might get away with not using a USB hub at all. However, you’d better make sure your audio interface functions correctly over USB 3.0, as manufacturers generally optimize for USB 2.0. Connectivity is rounded out by Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi. There are also HDMI 2.0 and mini-DisplayPort ports for hooking up external monitors. The P52 weighs around 5.4lbs or a little over 2 kilos, which is pretty decent given the power on tap.
Unfortunately, battery life is not provided and we cannot estimate how long the 90Wh battery will last in terms of on-screen time. Lenovo hasn’t revealed the pricing, either. It will all become clear once the P52 is launched in the weeks ahead. What do you think of this massive fella?