Unlike most other OEMs, Lenovo haven’t offered a Creator-focused lineup of laptops in 2019, and that’s about to change in 2020.
In the past, the ThinkPad P series offered the kind of features professionals and creators expected from a work laptop: powerful specs and options for Quadro graphics with Nvidia Studio drivers, solid build quality and reliability, and wide-gamut displays, among others. We’ve reviewed the latest P53 and P73 models here on the site.
However, with Asus, Acer, MSI, and even Razer launching such features in more portable notebooks, it looks that Lenovo had to step-up with a Creator series of their own.
Here enter the IdeaPad Creator 5 and the Yoga Creator 7, both scheduled for sometime in the first half of 2020. We have very few details on the two for now, but we’ll update the post once we know more.
For starters, here’s a quick specs sheet, so you’ll know what to expect.
|Lenovo Yoga Creator 7||Lenovo IdeaPad Creator 5|
|Screen||15.6 inch, 16:9, glass-covered, various options, including FHD with 100% sRGB coverage||15.6 inch, 16:9, matte, various options, including FHD with 100% AdobeRGB coverage|
|Processor||10th gen Intel processors, up to Core i7||10th gen Intel processors, up to Core i7|
|Video||Nvidia RTX Quadro||Nvidia RTX Quadro|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Lan|
|Ports||USB-C (??), 2x USB-A, SD card reader, headphone jack||1x USB-C (??), 2x USB-A, HDMI, headphone jack|
|Battery||– Wh, up to 13 h, with Rapid Charge||-Wh, up to 8 h|
|Size||~ 16.2 mm or .64″(H)||302 mm or 11.9″(W) x 199 mm or 7.8″(D) x 11.6 mm or .46″(H)|
|Weight||~1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs (+power supply)||–|
|Extras||IR camera and finger sensor, stereo speakers||stereo speakers|
I expect both these series to be available towards the middle of 2020 and bundle Intel’s next-gen full-power hardware, alongside Quadro RTX graphics.
That aside, the Yoga Creator 7 is the more portable higher-tier model of the two, borrowing from the design of the Yoga S740 and C940 15-inch notebooks. The IdeaPad Creator 5 is a thicker computer with simpler, more spartan design lines that remind me of the ThinkPad P series. Based on its thickness and cooling design, this is going to be the higher-specced model as well. I’m curious if the design is based on Lenovo’s ThinkPad P53 or perhaps something new with improved thermals, better suited for the higher-tier RTX Quadro chips in taxing loads.
Both of these are clamshell 15-inch notebooks and will get options for wide-gamut displays, as expected from a Creator lineup. They also both get full-size keyboards with NumPad sections. The one on the Yoga looks much like what Lenovo uses on the current C940 15, while the implementation on the IdeaPad Creator 5 seems new for Lenovo, with better spaced full-size arrow keys and most likely deeper strokes.
The rest of the launch press-release doesn’t offer relevant extra info. It does mention a few various other aspects, such as support for Quick Charging technologies, Modern standby and wider implementation of Alexa-powered features.
It also mentions that Lenovo are also working on high-tier monitors for creators and graphics artist, with a nearly bezel-less Qreator 27-inch UHD IPS model and a Qreator 27h 27-inch QHD variant, both with some interesting minimalist stands and USB-C connectivity.
The Qreator 27 is primarily a professional monitor with a 10-bit panel and 98% coverage of DCI-P3, while the Qreator 27h is a more versatile and affordable choice, with an 8-bit panel, 4 ms response time, 75 Hz refresh and Freesync support. They’re expected around March/ April, with the 27h starting at $349 and the 27 starting at $899.
That’s mostly what we know so far about these first Lenovo Creator laptops, but stay tuned for updates in the weeks and months to come.