Realme’s C-series is a budget darling. This phone comes at just 7,499 rupees and is solid in terms of features and performance. The ThinkPad X13 we have today has an AMD Ryzen Pro 4650U processor with integrated radon graphics. This 6-core CPU has a total of 12 hardware threads, a base clock speed of 2.1 GHz and multiple threads alike for a maximum boost speed of 4 GHz. Along with the cruise, there is 8MB of L3 cache. Other CPU options include the rest of the Ryzen Pro lineup from the quad-core Ryzen 3 4450U to the eight-way Ryzen 7 4750U. Ryzen Pro CPUs have business features such as AMD memory guards and hardware support for remote management through Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager.
The ThinkPad X13 8GB DDR4-3200 memory rests on the motherboard. This is a necessary change from the previously reviewed larger gaming laptops, so the system is as thin as possible. It is very common in this range, and we are rolling it out so that buyers understand they should request as much memory as possible in advance. 8GB is sufficient for most tasks, but some professional users (and us too!) Might want to upgrade to a 16GB or 32GB option. A 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD takes care of basic storage functions, and configuration options range from 128GB to a TB full.
Graphics functions are handled by Ryzen Pro’s integrated Radeon graphics processor. The Vega-based GPU has six compute units for a total of 384 stream processors, and it shares its memory pool with system memory. When we tried Renoir’s integrated graphics performance, we noticed that this integrated graphics processor still had enough “rise and go” to do some light games, and to run the system’s 13-inch HD 1080p screen. There should be a lot.
The AMD-based ThinkPad has plenty of wireless connectivity thanks to Intel’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips. The system can handle Wi-Fi 802.11ax networks and has Bluetooth 5.1 support. Our review system has a SIM tray and is 4G SIM-ready, but is an additional option, not a standard. Wired Ethernet users have to rely on USB Ethernet cards, even if the system does not have a Gigabit Ethernet controller.
Under the hood, the system has a 48Wh battery. This is very close to normal for computers in this size and load class. We are eager to begin battery testing to see how the latest Lenovo and AMD versions fit into other thin and light laptops. We are not expecting a battery for days like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx system that we tested recently, but we expect it to last a long journey. We have not yet tested the 15 watt battery life of the Renoir system, so we will see if it can meet our hopes and expectations.
On the outside, the ThinkPad X13 does just that: the ThinkPad starts with an aluminum-magnesium chassis. The system is fairly minimal in dimensions and has a soft black color. This notebook uses the traditional laptop form factor, so there is no 360 ° hinge. The hinge opens up to a full 180 °, so it can remain completely flat. Like all modern ThinkPad devices, we’ve reached through our desks, the red dot on the logo in the light on the cover when the system is on, and breathes peacefully when the X13 is asleep.
When we open the system, we can see that the 13-inch 1920 × 1080 screen has relatively thin bezels, which contributes to the overall smaller size of the system. The top has a 720p webcam, which may optionally include a Windows Hello Face Recognition infrared sensor. A fingerprint sensor below the keyboard is standard, so biometric authentication enthusiasts can log into the system in this way if they wish. As far as image quality is concerned, the camera performs well for web calls, but it will not win any cinematography award. Unfortunately, the camera in our review unit has no hardware shutter as it does on some other ThinkPad models, but buyers who are upgrading will find the infrared camera they want.