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
2.5 - 3.4 GHz
mXFR Support
1 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 3 iGPU
15 W
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
2.0 - 3.8 GHz
mXFR Support
2 MB L2 + 4 MB L3
Vega 8 iGPU
15 W
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
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
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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  • Dragonstongue - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    yeh they REALLY should be using dual channel as it makes quite a bit of difference for productivity as well as absolutely for gaming, now when it is using APU style limiting it to "max" 2400 class speeds is a joke, APU thrive on as much bandwidth as you can give them, 2400 might be fine for "most things" but it very much limits the potential performance of them as well.

    also, the vendors or whatever need to give larger batteries not this 6-9 hour best case scenario crud (basically minimum brightness next to no load) if they are meant to be "mobile" using performance parts they should have a fairly decent battery to back it all up
    45 WH is a joke IMO I know they "all do it" but they should not be 90 or so for higher performing ones, not a problem, 45 or less for not performance ones, not a problem, but 45 or less for ones using performance parts is bloody terrible.
  • 10basetom - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    Sorry IBM, I can never get past the Fn no matter how good your keyboards are ={.
  • AdmrlAhab - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    Lenovo (IBM hasn't made Thinkpads since 2004) Has had a BIOS option to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys since they took over the brand from IBM.
  • jimandroidpc - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - link

    Anything less than 1080p is a joke.
  • risa2000 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    It look like the display could be 1/4th taller, but I guess no one would by it.
  • yeeeeman - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    I wonder why ASUS doesn't have any laptop with Ryzen mobile inside since ASMedia which is a subsidiary of ASUS makes chipsets for AMD. Would be nice to see a Zenbook variant, something with a GTX1060 MaxQ and 2700U. They take it slowly because it would probably undercut all Intel offerings.
  • jazzihere - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    There's a seems to be ryzen version of the thinkpad edge on the way E485. You can tell by the hardware maintance manual on page 81 & 82
  • awehring - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    Not mentioned, but usefull: HDMI 2.0 (Vega supports HDMI 2.0 natively.)
    So you can run an 4K monitor at 60 Hz.

    Big advantage over intel.
  • AntonErtl - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    Right, I need VGA for connecting to the majority of projectors that I encounter. As for dongles (aka adapters), I am certainly not going to buy a laptop that needs a dongle when my current E130 does not need one and when I can buy a HP ProBook 430 E5 that does not need one, either.
  • fmyhr - Thursday, April 19, 2018 - link

    Any chance of fully-functional ECC RAM with these?

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