Lenovo Japan on Thursday said that it would begin selling its ThinkPad A285 laptop on September 21. The mobile PC is one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks based on AMD’s Ryzen PRO introduced thus far. Besides being very compact, the ThinkPad A285 is among the first Ryzen PRO-based laptops to feature a suite of business and enterprise-oriented features from AMD and Lenovo.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad A285 notebooks will be available in a variety of configurations aimed at various price points. Different configs will be based on AMD’s Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon Vega 10, Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U with Radeon Vega 8, or Ryzen 3 PRO 2200U with Radeon Vega 3 APUs. Other options will include 8 or 16 GB of soldered-down DDR4-2400 memory, and depending on exact model they will be equipped with a PCIe/NVMe SSD (up to 512 GB) with OPAL 2.0-encrypted options available to interested parties.

Besides different internal hardware options, Lenovo intends to offer its ThinkPad A285 laptops with two 12.5-inch display options: lower-end machines will come with a 1366×768 display, whereas higher-end models will be equipped with a 1920×1080 panel and 10-point multitouch capabilities. Meanwhile, Lenovo Japan plans to offer an A285 with a non-touch Full-HD screen.

Next up is connectivity. On the wireless side of things, the Lenovo ThinkPad A285 features a 2×2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 controller, which is a standard feature for today’s business notebooks. As for physical connectors, the notebook is equipped with a GbE port that requires a dongle, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (used for data, power, display, and docking connectivity), two USB Type-A (3.0 and 2.0) ports, an HDMI 1.4 output, a micro SD card reader, a 720p webcam, a TRRS audio jack for headsets, Dolby Audio Premium-certified speakers, a microphone array, and so on.

As noted above, since we are dealing with a Lenovo ThinkPad based on AMD’s Ryzen PRO APU, all A285 models are outfitted with a match-in-sensor fingerprint reader, a Windows Hello-compatible webcam with ThinkShutter cover, a dTPM 2.0 chip, AMD’s Transparent Secure Memory Encryption (TSME), DASH remote management, and so on. Lenovo is the first notebook vendor to offer Ryzen PRO-based mobile PCs pervasively featuring all of the aforementioned security and management features. Lenovo also notes that all A285 machines comply with 12 military-grade requirements to ensure that they can work in extreme conditions.

Moving on to dimensions and weight. Since Lenovo plans to offer ThinkPad A285 with two display options and with and without multitouch capabilities, the resulting dimensions and weights differ between the variants. Non-touch SKUs weigh 1.13 kg and are 17.4-mm thick. By contrast, touch-enabled models weigh 1.26 kg and are 17.8-mm thick. To put these numbers into perspective, Lenovo’s own IdeaPad 720S comes in a 13.6-mm thick aluminum chassis and weighs around 1.14 kilograms. The consumer laptop lacks numerous features that the ThinkPad A285 has (e.g., toughness, biometric security, TrackPoint, docking capabilities, just to name a few), but its indisputable trumps are the 13.3-inch LCD (there is even a 4K option) as well as portability.

Time to talk about battery life of Lenovo’s ThinkPad A285 laptops. Evidently, 12.5-inch notebooks are used by road warriors because of their dimensions and such customers need to work autonomously for prolonged periods of time. Lenovo in turn would appear to be using a 45 Wh battery pack with all of the ThinkPad A285 SKUs. This battery can last for 7.4 – 10.9 hours, depending on display panel/APU configuration (see the table below for details), which is not bad, but which is well below what the company’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers with its 57 Wh battery (i.e. 12 hours with a WQHD display, 15 hours with a Full-HD LCD).

General Specifications of Lenovo's ThinkPad A285 Laptops
  ThinkPad A285
HD
ThinkPad A285
FHD
Display Diagonal 12.5" 12.5"
Resolution 1366×768 1920×1080
Type TN IPS
Touch No 10-points multitouch
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200U: 2C/4T, 2.5 - 3.4 GHz, 1 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 3 iGPU with 192 SPs at 1.1 GHz
15 W
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U: 4C/8T, 2.0 - 3.6 GHz, 2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 8 iGPU with 512 SPs at 1.1 GHz
15 W
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U: 4C/8T, 2.2 - 3.8 GHz, 2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3,
Vega 10 iGPU with 640 SPs at 1.3 GHz
15 W
RAM Capacity 8 GB or 16 GB
Type DDR4-2400
Storage Capacity up to 512 GB PCIe/NVMe SSD
Options OPAL 2.0-compatible SSD
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module (unknown vendor)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (one always on)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (power, data, DP 1.2)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (power, data, DP 1.2)
Ethernet GbE with dongle (sold separately)
Other I/O HDMI 1.4, 720p webcam with Windows Hello and ThinkShutter, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, microSD card reader
Figerprint Reader Match-in-Sensor fingerprint reader from Synaptics
Security discrete TPM 2.0 chip
Dimensions Width 307.7 mm | 12.1 inches
Length 209.8 mm | 8.3 inches
Thickness 17.4 mm | 0.68 inches 17.8 mm | 0.7 inches
Weight 1.13 kg 1.26 kg
Battery Capacity 45 Wh (?)
Life Ryzen 7 PRO with 12.5" TN LCD: 10.9 hours
Ryzen 5 PRO with 12.5" IPS/TN LCD: 9.5 hours
Ryzen 3 PRO with 12.5" TN LCD: 7.4 hours
 
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Support & Services

Premier Support by 'advanced-level technicians with the expertise' by phone.
Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) - a fixed-cost, fixed-term protection plan.
Warranty extensions.

Price ? ?

Lenovo Japan plans to start selling the ThinkPad A285 starting today (Friday). The most affordable SKU in the Land of the Rising Sun is priced at ¥178,000 w/o tax ($1,582), whereas the most advanced model costs ¥223,000 w/o tax ($1,983). Keeping in mind that PCs are somewhat overpriced in Japan, expect the ThinkPad A285 to be cheaper in other parts of the world. In the meantime, keep in mind that their configurations may be a little different as well.

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Sources: Lenovo Japan, Lenovo, PC Watch

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  • HStewart - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    "The same people that love these laptops probably love their IBM Model M keyboard. *eye roll* To each their own"

    I am one of those that love the older IBM Keyboards and even the older Thinkpads, I unfortunately can not use classic IBM Keyboards any more but the DasKeyboard is close or even better than IBM. As for Lenovo laptops, they loss a lot of quality
    Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    DasKeyboard's are amazing. I have THREE of them. Reply
  • essemzed - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    Right now I'm typing this on my *fantastic* original Model M, manufactured in 1989, thanks to a "Soarer's Converter" I bought on Ebay (but you can roll your own, see: https://deskthority.net/workshop-f7/xt-at-ps2-term...

    Then there are the Model M clones by Unicomp (See: https://www.pckeyboard.com/) which I haven't tried but I suspect being of high quality too...

    If I only could put my hands on an original "Model M Space Saving" keyboard, the one without the numpad...
    Reply
  • essemzed - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    ... and I forgot to mention that my "other" PC, the one I bring with me when traveling, is a ThinkPad X220, with an i7 2620M, 16GB of RAM, *IPS* display and a recently added 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD for bringing with me everything I could reasonably need: my documents, my (many) pictures, my music, etc.

    Of course when I run out of gas I can swap the empty battery with a second one I bring with me. Can you with this "toy"?

    I agree: "To each their own"!
    Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - link

    Ohh God I miss the space saving Model M. I had one when I worked at Argonne National Labs as a college intern in 2000 and between that and compact notebooks, I've still never learned to rely on a number pad as most of my keyboards have been 10-keyless since.

    I looked into buying one years ago and new they were a couple hundred dollars. That's what all 3 of my Das Keyboards cost and they are just as good.

    It'd be interesting if Lenovo made a 25th Anniversary edition of the Model M but they would inevitably fuck it up.
    Reply
  • wr3zzz - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    "The same people that love these laptops probably love their IBM Model M keyboard. *eye roll*"

    You obviously have never spent much time typing on keyboards. The tactile feedback of classic IBM keyboard were second to none and the only reason they ceased production was because corporations didn't want to pay for quality keyboards in the 90s when they rolled out PC to every employee. Most of today's premium keyboards aim to capture that IBM type feel. Knowing quality is not nerdy infatuation. Fingers don't change with technology.

    As for the bezel. They are thick for my taste but I also know that thin bezels are not necessarily popular with people who are out on the field a lot. The bazels give them something to grab on.
    Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    You can bet if Lenovo put the M keyboards back into production, it would be the most molested fucking reincarnation of a product you ever set your gasping eyes on. Reply
  • Inteli - Monday, October 1, 2018 - link

    You can already buy brand new Model Ms from Unicomp. Lenovo would have to get the rights from them. Reply
  • tristann88 - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    Would be nice to see a 2k or 4K res option for the price instead of 720 or 1080p... At that price point customers are likely to look past these for an intel option with inferior graphics but actually has a modern res screen.... jmo Reply
  • wordlv - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    2200u 2c/4t w/Vega 3 not 6. 2300u 4c/4t w/Vega 6. I've seen this error in multiple sites. Reply

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