Lenovo has quietly published specifications of its ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585 laptops based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile processors on its website. Coming in classic black chassis and featuring ergonomic keyboards, the new notebooks are the first Ryzen Mobile-powered PCs aimed at the SMB market segment. The new ThinkPads are equipped with a dTPM 2.0 chip and are offered with various Lenovo services not available with consumer computers.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585 notebooks will be offered in various configurations targeting different a wide range of price points. Different configs will be based on AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700U with the Radeon Vega 10, Ryzen 5 2500U with the Radeon Vega 8 or Ryzen 3 2200U with the Radeon Vega 3 APUs. The laptops can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory using two SO-DIMMs likely running at 2400 MT/s. As for storage, the systems may feature a 512 GB PCIe/NVMe M.2 SSD, a 500 GB HDD, a 1 TB HDD or a combination of an SSD and a hard drive.

The new AMD Ryzen Mobile-based ThinkPads are generally identical, but as their model numbers suggest, the model E485 has a 14-inch screen, whereas the model E585 features a 15.6-inch display. Speaking of displays, the manufacturer plans to offer two antiglare LCD options with its ThinkPad E485 and E585 laptops: one with a 1366×768 resolution, another with a 1920×1080 resolution. Apart from monitors, the laptops feature slightly different keyboards. The 15.6-inch versions feature a full-sized keyboard with a numpad, whereas the 14-inchers come with a classic notebook keyboard layout. Like other ThinkPads, the new models E485 and E585 are equipped with ergonomic keyboards featuring trackpoints and trackpads.

Moving on to connectivity of Lenovo’s ThinkPad E485/E585 notebooks. The notebooks are outfitted with a 1×1 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 controller, a GbE port, a USB 3.1 Type-C header (that is used for data, power, display, and docking connectivity), two USB Type-A (3.0 and 2.0) headers, an HDMI output, a micro SD card reader, a 720p webcam, a TRRS audio jack for headsets, Dolby Advanced Audio-badged speakers, a microphone array, and so on. The systems are outfitted with a discrete TPM 2.0 chip to enable support for various security applications. Meanwhile, only select ThinkPad E485/E585 SKUs will feature fingerprint readers, so biometric security will not be pervasive across the whole range of these laptops.

Lenovo says that both AMD Ryzen Mobile-based laptops come equipped with a 45 Wh battery rated for 9-hour operation. With its larger display I would expect the E585 to consume more power than the E485 and therefore offer a shorter battery life, but interestingly Lenovo rates both at 9 hours. The good news is that the E585 can accommodate a larger battery pack and therefore offer a longer battery life.

Next up are dimensions and weight. At 21.9 mm z-height, the 14-inch ThinkPad E485 appears to be slightly thicker than the 15.6-inch ThinkPad E585 that has a 19.95 mm z-height. As for the weight, the smaller E485 weighs 1.75 kg and is noticeably lighter than the E585 that weighs 2.1 kg. Neither of the Ryzen Mobile-based ThinkPads can be called thin-and-light, yet keep in mind that these systems feature metallic skeletons and come in chassis made of thick plastics, so they are pretty rugged (not ThinkPad X1 kind of rugged though).

If you want to get a thin-and-light laptop featuring an AMD Ryzen Mobile, you should probably take a look at the Ideapad 720S that comes in a 13.6-mm thick aluminum chassis and weighs around 1.14 kilograms (since this is a consumer model it comes with Windows 10 Home and without dTPM 2.0 though).

General Specifications of Lenovo's ThinkPad E485 and E585 Laptops
  ThinkPad E485 ThinkPad E585
Display Diagonal 14" 15.6"
Resolution 1366×768 or 1920×1080
Type IPS
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
2C/4T
2.5 - 3.4 GHz
mXFR Support
1 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 3 iGPU
15 W
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4C/8T
2.0 - 3.8 GHz
mXFR Support
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 8 iGPU
15 W
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4C/8T
2.2 - 3.8 GHz
mXFR Support
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 10 iGPU
15 W
GPU AMD Vega 3
192 stream processors
1100 MHz
AMD Vega 8
512 stream processors
1100 MHz
AMD Vega 10
640 stream processors
1300MHz
RAM Capacity up to 32 GB
Type DDR4
Storage SSD up to 512 GB PCIe/NVMe SSD
HDD 500 GB HDD (7200 RPM) or 1 TB HDD
Hybrid SSD and HDD on select SKUs
Wi-Fi 1×1 802.11ac Wi-Fi module (unknown vendor)
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C (power, data, DP 1.2)
Ethernet GbE
Other I/O HDMI, 720p webcam, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, microSD card reader
Figerprint Reader on select SKUs
Security discrete TPM 2.0 chip
Dimensions Width 329.3 mm | 12.96 inches 369 mm | 14.53 inches
Length 242 mm | 9.53 inches 252 mm | 9.92 inches
Thickness 21.9 mm | 0.83 inches 19.95 mm | 0.78 inches
Weight 1.75 kg 2.1 kg
Battery Capacity 45 Wh 45 Wh
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
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 ? ?

The new Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and ThinkPad E585 notebooks are expected to be available in the coming weeks. When it comes to pricing, it is set to vary greatly. There will be very affordable laptops powered by AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200U APU and featuring hard drives along with ‘HD’ displays that will probably retail for ~$600 or less, whereas the premium machines based on AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700U and accompanied by UHD panels and dual-drive storage subsystems will cost considerably higher.

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Source: Lenovo

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  • AntonErtl - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    The E485 looks interesting, but misses one essential feature (which the HP ProBook 430 G5 has): VGA. Both of them are on the wide and deep side; 12" would be ideal for me. In other words, I would like to see a Thinkpad E130 with up-to-date components. Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    What do you need VGA for? Connecting to older projectors? Reply
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    Yes.

    That and some other, mainly scientific equipment that still works fine and is very expensive to replace.
    Reply
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    El adaptero. You'll need one sooner or later anyway. Reply
  • mr_tawan - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    FWIW, I'd placed an adapter on all of each old equipments (so I can connect to these with HDMI cable instead). For projectors, I'd put a miracst devices on them. Reply
  • kgardas - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    That's Exxx line, now wait if Lenovo is brave enough to put Ryzen into Txxx line. That's the true business line of ThinkPads... Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    But even though I used a T series ThinkPad for work, it still not like original IBM think pads - this computer looks more like an IdeaPad them a ThinkPad. Except for ThinkPad logo it looks like my Y50 Reply
  • brokedown - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    Oh look, another pair of 2004-era low resolution laptops. Because that's what we needed, the same crap we've had, but with AMD this time.

    AMD and their partners are going to force my hand. My existing laptop is on borrowed time, it hasn't had an easy life, and that's my fault. But that's not the point. I've been using well equipped 15 inch laptops with 4k screens for a few years and desktops with 4k screens before that, and 4k is one of those things that once you have it you can't really do without it. Using quadrants to have 4 1080p windows up at once is a total game changer for developer productivity, way more than any advance in processing power. But you can only get it with Intel.

    Currently I'm using an Asus laptop you can get off the shelf at any Best Buy for under $1500, with a SSD + HDD, convertible, 4k touchscreen, ips panel, backlit keyboard, everything you expect in a mobile workstation class device. My upgrade path as of today is to buy the slightly updated version of the same thing, or to grab an external HDD and look into the 4k Dell XPS offering. All with Intel, all with discrete nvidia GPU that I keep disabled, but the point is I can get them as easily as I can get a pizza.

    AMD and AMD partners, I want to give you my money, but you're only offering low-end and low-midrange stuff fit for the shelf at Walmart. You're not capturing hearts and minds this way.

    You've got a 15 watt quad core/8 thread APU for mobile, and it can drive a 4k display without a sweat, but it only appears in low tier products designed for extremely casual gamers, facebooking grannies, and customer service line workers.
    Reply
  • Mavendependency - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    It's not jusf the resolution, the 1366x768 displays usually don't have square pixels natively, subpixel rendering techniques must be used to correct the pixel aspect ratio. Sadly, there are instances of OEMs cheaping out on the controllers too. I've seen an XPS with everything horribly stretched out as a result. Reply
  • brokedown - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    Unfortunately, these "why bother" devices entering a field that's already oversaturated will inevitably to translate to poor sales. Poor sales of these "why bother" devices entering an oversaturated field will be used as evidence that Ryzen doesn't sell well in laptops. Meanwhile, 4k Dell XPS , 4k Yogas, and 3k Macbook Pros are flying off shelves because they stand out from the crowd, and it's not because they use an Intel cpu. Reply

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