The ARM ThinkPad. For the first time, Lenovo is introducing a ThinkPad laptop with an ARM processor to the market. The ThinkPad X13s is silent and offers a long battery life thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. However, the concept still has some weaknesses, and particularly the performance continues to need some improvements.

Until now, ThinkPads and the x86 architecture have been tightly connected. Aside from a brief excursion towards PowerPCs in the 90s under the IBM label, ThinkPad laptops always used an Intel or AMD processor. But the tech sector is on the move, and Qualcomm is attempting to take some of the market share away from the top dogs of the PC segment.

Until now, Windows on ARM hasn’t been a success yet, which aside from the lack of performance has been mainly due to the bad app compatibility. While the latter has slightly improved with Windows 11, for the performance capabilities, there is now the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, which is introduced for the first time in the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s. This is also the first ARM ThinkPad and the first fan-less design from Lenovo, which might also make the 13.3-inch laptop an interesting competitor to also passively cooled the Apple MacBook Air.

Graphics adapter

Qualcomm Adreno 690

Memory

32 GB 

, LPDDR4X-4266, on-board, dual channel

Display

13.30 inch 16: 10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 170 PPI, NV133WUM-N61 , a-Si IPS LED, glossy: no

Connections

2 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio port, 1 Fingerprint Reader

Networking

Qualcomm WCN685x (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, LTE, 5G, GPS

Size

height x width x depth (in mm): 13.4 x 298.7 x 206.4 ( = 0.53 x 11.76 x 8.13 in)

Battery

49.5 Wh Lithium-Polymer

Camera

Webcam: 5.0 Megapixel MIPI RGB + IR

Additional features

Speakers: 2 Watt stereo, Keyboard: 6 row 95%, 1.35 mm travel , Keyboard Light: yes, 65 Watt USB C charger, Lenovo Commercial Vantage, 36 Months Warranty

Weight

1.141 kg ( = 40.25 oz / 2.52 pounds), Power Supply: 368 g ( = 12.98 oz / 0.81 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s: Camera bulge

While in earlier days, the s models of the X series used to come in almost the same designs as their regular counterparts, Lenovo uses a unique design for the ThinkPad X13s, which stands out significantly from other ThinkPads such as the ThinkPad X13 G2. One commonality is still the dark gray case color that Lenovo uses for almost all ThinkPads at this point. Compared to the black cases of older ThinkPads, this leads to less visible fingerprints on the case.

But the similarities already end in the design language: The case of the X13s is more rounded overall, with rounded corners and edges. In contrast to many other current ThinkPad laptops, it also isn’t tapered toward the front. This is something the X13s shares with the ThinkPad Z13, just like the camera bulge on the display lid, which also makes a practical handle to open the cover. However, the display opening angle is limited to only 135 degrees in the ThinkPad X13s, which is unusual for a ThinkPad.

The case is made from a glass-fiber plastic and magnesium mix, as often used in ThinkPads. But interestingly, Lenovo uses this concept in a different way than in the regular ThinkPad X13, for example: In the ThinkPad X13s, not the display lid but part of the base unit is made from glass fiber. The display lid is made of black lacquered magnesium, which makes the display unit fairly robust and resistant to warping. In terms of its stability, the base unit also doesn’t give much reason for complaint, even if aluminum designs have some advantages in terms of stiffness to resist warping.

Thanks to its slim display bezels, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is slightly more compact than many competitors. But only the Dell XPS 13 9315 is really much smaller. In terms of weight, the ThinkPad X13s G1 is also one of the lighter devices, although the ThinkPad X1 Nano is even lighter.

In contrast to the regular ThinkPad X13, the ThinkPad X13s forgoes legacy ports such as USB-A and HDMI. Instead, the connection equipment is similarly reduced as that of the ThinkPad X1 Nano, with the ThinkPad X13s not offering Thunderbolt or USB 4 either. The maximum the ARM ThinkPad delivers is USB 3.2 Gen 2. But at least, the two USB-C ports can also be used as DisplayPort or for charging the device.

The first of the two communication modules is the Qualcomm WCN685x. This 2×2 module is supposed to support the WiFi 6E standard, but in our test unit, the corresponding benchmarks resulted in extremely low values, so the WiFi 6E mode didn’t really work right. Fortunately, at least the regular WiFi 6 worked without a hitch, and the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s achieved high transfer rates here.

As a second option to connect to the Internet, there is also WWAN in form of the Qualcomm X55 5G modem. While there are generally mmWave and also Sub6 models, the X13s here doesn’t have mmWave. In addition, you have to be aware that there are also models without WWAN and you cannot install 5G afterwards, if it isn’t included in the beginning.

Average Qualcomm WCN685x

  (1715 – 1771, n=4)





1745 MBit/s ∼100%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1682 (1619min – 1710max) MBit/s ∼96%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (1424 – 1771, n=12, last 2 years)





1632 MBit/s ∼94%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1424 (1057min – 1508max) MBit/s ∼82%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1331 (1021min – 1387max) MBit/s ∼76%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Qualcomm WCN685x





1749 (1715min – 1769max) MBit/s ∼100%

Average Qualcomm WCN685x

  (1665 – 1749, n=3)





1718 MBit/s ∼98% -2%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (353 – 1749, n=13, last 2 years)





1412 MBit/s ∼81% -19%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax





945 (924min, 924.87P1 – 968max) MBit/s ∼54% -46%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Qualcomm WCN685x





1745 (1683min – 1799max) MBit/s ∼100%

Average Qualcomm WCN685x

  (1398 – 1745, n=3)





1544 MBit/s ∼88% -12%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (343 – 1745, n=13, last 2 years)





1315 MBit/s ∼75% -25%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax





865 (856min, 856.29P1 – 874max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%

Average Qualcomm WCN685x

  (1559 – 1892, n=4)





1752 MBit/s ∼100%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (1130 – 1735, n=12, last 2 years)





1419 MBit/s ∼81%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1253 (1120min – 1451max) MBit/s ∼72%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1216 (655min – 1350max) MBit/s ∼69%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211





1182 (1106min – 1250max) MBit/s ∼67%

0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450150015501600165017001750Tooltip

; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1745 (1683-1799)

; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1748 (1715-1769)

With its dedicated bulge, the camera is a design feature of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s that stands out. With a resolution of 5 Megapixels, it offers one of the highest resolutions of the current ThinkPads. The quality of the recordings is indeed worth seeing, and it is a good webcam for a laptop.

36 ∆E

27.1 ∆E

22.7 ∆E

26.8 ∆E

17 ∆E

12.8 ∆E

34 ∆E

19.5 ∆E

21.3 ∆E

12.4 ∆E

15.2 ∆E

17.7 ∆E

12.4 ∆E

25.3 ∆E

25.1 ∆E

13.1 ∆E

15.7 ∆E

17 ∆E

2.3 ∆E

11.8 ∆E

19.7 ∆E

20.9 ∆E

15.8 ∆E

3.2 ∆E

ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE: 18.54 ∆E min: 2.33 – max: 35.96 ∆E

In addition to the obligatory fingerprint reader that is integrated into the power button here, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s also offers a Kensington Lock on the right side, which in combination with the corresponding lock can protect the laptop from getting stolen. There is also an infrared camera in the display lid, which can be used for secure login via Windows Hello as an alternative to the fingerprint reader.

Besides the ThinkPad laptop, the box only includes the 65-Watt charger. In terms of docking: Since the laptop lacks Thunderbolt, you cannot use docks with this standard. On its “Smartfind” accessory website, Lenovo only lists a USB-C dock as compatible with the ThinkPad X13s (ThinkPad Universal USB-C Dock).

It is relatively easy to open the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1. There are a total of 6 screws on the bottom that have to be removed. The screws remain in the bottom cover, so they cannot get lost. The service cover is also secured with a few clips on the back, but those can easily be loosened with a plastic prying tool.

Since the working memory is soldered in, the ThinkPad laptop doesn’t offer many upgrade options. The M.2-2242 SSD can be replaced, but only with a model without chips at the bottom of the module. In the state of delivery, the SSD and the 5G module are hidden underneath a copper heat sink, but that can easily be removed by loosening 2 screws. 

A difference to the ThinkPad X13 Gen 3: The keyboard of the X13s cannot be easily replaced by the user.

By default, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s includes a standard 3-year warranty that includes pickup-and-return service. In the case of requiring service, the device is picked up and repaired by the manufacturer. As a business device, on-site service is also available as an optional upgrade, in addition to accident insurance and an extended battery warranty. The warranty can also be extended up to five years. (When purchased in Germany) the warranty of the X13s is primarily valid only in Germany (i.e., the country where you purchased it), but as business laptops, ThinkPads also have an international bring-in warranty for the warranty period.

Just like the regular ThinkPad X13 and the ThinkPad X1 Nano G2, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 also has a keyboard with a reduced 95% size layout. This means that the width of some keys on the right side is significantly reduced, the top key row is less tall, the keyboard has one less key than the 14-inch ThinkPads (the Insert key), and all the keys are overall minimally smaller. In terms of the typing experience, the backlit keyboard of the X13s corresponds more to that of the X1 Nano than the X13, since the key stroke is 1.35 mm (~0.05 in). With this, the X13s is at the lower end of the current ThinkPad lineup. But don’t understand me wrong – this is an excellent keyboard. It only isn’t quite able to keep up with those of the larger ThinkPads, since it just lacks a slight amount of the depth.

At 11.5 x 5.6 cm (~4.5 x 2.2 in), the touchpad is relatively large. The surface of the ClickPad is made of mylar plastic, which Lenovo calls “glass like.” It is indeed very smooth and at least looks like glass and makes it very easy to slide your fingers. The mechanics get a similarly good evaluation. The ClickPad can be clicked in the bottom area, the clicks are muted, and the touchpad doesn’t wobble. The software features (accuracy, gestures) also give no reason for complaint. It is a good touchpad, even if it isn’t at the highest level.

Alternatively, there is also the TrackPoint, allowing you to move the mouse pointer via pressing on the red pointing stick. The three keys above the touchpad belong to the TrackPoint. As usual, this is a very good alternative to the touchpad, once you got used to it. However, in the ThinkPad X13s the TrackPoint isn’t quite as good as in other ThinkPads: the mouse pointer is unfortunately slightly wobbly and not completely smooth, at least in our test unit.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1: Touchpad + TrackPoint

As often with ThinkPad laptops, there are also several display options for the ThinkPad X13s. However, all the available 13.3-inch displays in the 16: 10 format have the same resolution of WUXGA (1920 x 1080 pixels). In addition, all the panels have a matte surface in common. The differences are in the detail:

  • Option 1: 300 cd/m², 100% sRGB
  • Option 2: 300 cd/m², 72% NTSC, on-cell multi-touch
  • Option 3: 400 cd/m², 100% sRGB, low power

So far so good, and the basic panel of our test unit just barely misses the promised 300 cd/m². At only 293 cd/m², it is the darkest display in our comparison, so Lenovo clearly cut some corners with the display here.

287

cd/m²
293

cd/m²
290

cd/m²
292

cd/m²
307

cd/m²
291

cd/m²
287

cd/m²
305

cd/m²
289

cd/m²

Distribution of brightness

NV133WUM-N61

X-Rite i1Pro 2

Maximum: 307 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 293.4 cd/m² Minimum: 3.84 cd/m²

Brightness Distribution: 93 %

Center on Battery: 307 cd/m²

Contrast: 1335:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)

ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3

ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5

99.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)

Gamma: 2.21

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

NV133WUM-N61 , a-Si IPS LED, 1920×1200, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

NV133WUM-N61, IPS LED, 1920×1200, 13.30
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

IPS, 2560×1664, 13.60
HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Chi Mei CMN13C0, IPS, 1920×1280, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Sharp SHP1548 LQ134N1, IPS, 1920×1200, 13.40
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

P101ZFZ-BH2, IPS, 2160×1350, 13.00
Display P3 Coverage

70.1

98.4

68

69

66.2

sRGB Coverage

99.4

99.9

98.3

100

96.1

AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage

71.3

87.6

69.9

71

68.3

Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *

27

Outdoors (in the shade)

Outdoors, the low brightness values of the display already make things difficult, even with the matte surface. You should definitely avoid direct sunlight.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession – a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.

Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19739 (minimum: 5 – maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Looking at it from the side or at an angle from the top or bottom, the display loses some of the brightness. Otherwise, the viewing angle stability of the IPS LCD screen doesn’t give any reason for complaint.

With x86 ThinkPads, customers almost always have a choice among various processors. However, this is not the case in the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1, which always includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. Its integrated graphics chip handles the graphics acceleration. The working memory is soldered in, and there are either 8, 16, or 32 GB of LPDDR4X storage. A single M.2-2242 SSD serves as the storage solution.

HWiNFO

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 doesn’t offer any different power modes, and you can also not read the TDP of the processor with HWiNFO as usual. According to Qualcomm, the processor has a TDP of 7 watts.

As in all the Windows on ARM (WoA) devices before, there are several benchmarks that don’t work. But at least we can say, that with Windows 11 and the 64-Bit emulation, now significantly more benchmarks are able to run.

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xc Gen 3, the processor that was designed by Qualcomm particularly for PCs goes into its third generation, just like the name says. Like the current Intel Alder Lake CPUs, this ARM processor also has two kinds of cores: 4 Performance cores (up to 3 GHz) and 4 Efficiency cores (up to 2.4 GHz). You can find more in-depth benchmark comparisons with other processors in our CPU list.

Even if Qualcomm made some progress here, there is still a lot of work that remains for the CPU manufacturer before it can catch up to Intel, AMD, and Apple. The difference turns out particularly stark in the single-core performance, where all the other comparison laptops are more than twice as fast. The x86 chips and ARM CPUs are also significantly faster in terms of the performance under load on several cores. Even the Intel Core-1230U of the Dell XPS 13 9315, which is limited to 10 watts, is still about 25% faster in the Cinebench-R23 Multicore test.

The CPU performance is not additionally limited in battery operation.

While the PCMark 10 benchmark didn’t run, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 3 was able to complete the CrossMark benchmark. In this benchmark, which we use to measure the general system performance, the ARM laptop is only about half as fast as its closest x86 competitor. However, we did not think that the ThinkPad X13 seemed slow in everyday operation such as web surfing and Office operation. It is fast enough for these simple application scenarios, and the ThinkPad also ran smoothly with a 4K UHD video in the background.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1703 Points ∼100% +137%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z


1501 Points ∼88% +109%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1424 Points ∼84% +98%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (718 – 1811, n=39, last 2 years)





1386 Points ∼81% +93%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1312 Points ∼77% +83%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


718 Points ∼42%

Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





718 Points ∼42% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1621 Points ∼100% +137%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1387 Points ∼86% +102%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (685 – 1755, n=39, last 2 years)





1375 Points ∼85% +101%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z


1371 Points ∼85% +100%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1307 Points ∼81% +91%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


685 Points ∼42%

Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





685 Points ∼42% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1897 Points ∼100% +144%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z


1848 Points ∼97% +138%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1550 Points ∼82% +100%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (776 – 1928, n=39, last 2 years)





1467 Points ∼77% +89%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1361 Points ∼72% +75%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


776 Points ∼41%

Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





776 Points ∼41% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1426 Points ∼100% +119%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (652 – 1807, n=39, last 2 years)





1211 Points ∼85% +86%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1193 Points ∼84% +83%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1191 Points ∼84% +83%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z


1055 Points ∼74% +62%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


652 Points ∼46%

Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





652 Points ∼46% 0%

In contrast to the current Intel and AMD platforms, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 doesn’t support PCIe 4.0 yet. The M.2-2242 SSD with a 512 GB capacity that is used here is made by the manufacturer UMIS and has to make do with PCIe 3.0. This also becomes apparent in the benchmarks, since this SSD is clearly the slowest in our comparison, which should become particularly apparent when copying larger amounts of data.

Sequential Read:
2291.46MB/s

Sequential Write:
998.17MB/s

Access Time Read:
0.087ms

Access Time Write:
0.052ms

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (2244 – 3051, n=2)





2648 MB/s ∼100% +18%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




2511 (2497.75min – 2510.92max) MB/s ∼95% +12%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ





2244 (2051.85min – 2244.37max) MB/s ∼85%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





2230 (2101.55min – 2230.47max) MB/s ∼84% -1%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (376 – 4315, n=93, last 2 years)





2148 MB/s ∼81% -4%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB




1842 (1735.28min – 1841.6max) MB/s ∼70% -18%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




1674 (1305.8min – 1673.54max) MB/s ∼63% -25%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





2672 (2636.75min – 2672.09max) MB/s ∼100% +97%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




2141 (2131.06min – 2140.77max) MB/s ∼80% +58%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (62.6 – 4326, n=94, last 2 years)





2041 MB/s ∼76% +51%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





1998 (1932.64min – 1998.17max) MB/s ∼75% +48%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (1353 – 1760, n=2)





1557 MB/s ∼58% +15%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ





1353 (1318.27min – 1353.29max) MB/s ∼51%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




153.3 (51.07min – 153.3max) MB/s ∼6% -89%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB




5601 (4844.63min – 5600.99max) MB/s ∼100% +81%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (436 – 6905, n=92, last 2 years)





3605 MB/s ∼64% +16%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




3570 (2532.07min – 3569.76max) MB/s ∼64% +15%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


3475 MB/s ∼62% +12%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ





3095 (2836.41min – 3095.4max) MB/s ∼55%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (3049 – 3095, n=2)





3072 MB/s ∼55% -1%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





2847 (2598.42min – 2847.3max) MB/s ∼51% -8%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





3996 (3842.89min – 3996.08max) MB/s ∼100% +130%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




2949 (2942.92min – 2948.99max) MB/s ∼74% +70%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





2921 (2865.76min – 2921.12max) MB/s ∼73% +68%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (60 – 5156, n=93, last 2 years)





2577 MB/s ∼64% +49%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (1734 – 1814, n=2)





1774 MB/s ∼44% +2%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ





1734 (1475.35min – 1734.13max) MB/s ∼43%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




60 (36.21min – 59.98max) MB/s ∼2% -97%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02




56.4 (54.89min – 56.4max) MB/s ∼100% +70%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





55.7 (54.91min – 55.74max) MB/s ∼99% +68%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (12.6 – 141.9, n=93, last 2 years)





55.1 MB/s ∼98% +66%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ





53.6 (53.23min – 53.61max) MB/s ∼95% +62%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




49.1 (47.25min – 49.08max) MB/s ∼87% +48%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (33.1 – 50, n=2)





41.6 MB/s ∼74% +26%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ




33.1 (32.28min – 33.05max) MB/s ∼59%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





150.7 (149.3min – 150.73max) MB/s ∼100% +126%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (32.3 – 333, n=93, last 2 years)





149.9 MB/s ∼99% +125%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




122.9 (48.29min – 122.86max) MB/s ∼82% +84%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





122.8 (118.4min – 122.83max) MB/s ∼81% +84%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (66.7 – 139.5, n=2)





103.1 MB/s ∼68% +55%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ





103 (102.14min – 103.36max) MB/s ∼68% +54%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ




66.7 (63.94min – 66.65max) MB/s ∼44%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (102 – 3484, n=93, last 2 years)





1103 MB/s ∼100% +14%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ





967 (896.77min – 967.07max) MB/s ∼88%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




959 (891.21min – 958.6max) MB/s ∼87% -1%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (721 – 967, n=2)





844 MB/s ∼77% -13%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02





787 (757.42min – 787.17max) MB/s ∼71% -19%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





669 (572min – 669.2max) MB/s ∼61% -31%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered





360 (359.2min – 360.37max) MB/s ∼33% -63%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (42.7 – 2554, n=93, last 2 years)





784 MB/s ∼100% +97%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ




429 (403.04min – 428.8max) MB/s ∼55% +8%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ




398 (311.17min – 397.76max) MB/s ∼51%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (341 – 398, n=2)





370 MB/s ∼47% -7%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02




354 (337.45min – 353.86max) MB/s ∼45% -11%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB





340 (298.75min – 340.3max) MB/s ∼43% -15%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered




157 (49.71min – 157max) MB/s ∼20% -61%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


3902 Points ∼100% +96%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


3864 Points ∼99% +94%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (545 – 8363, n=92, last 2 years)





3679 Points ∼94% +85%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


3058 Points ∼78% +53%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (1993 – 3311, n=2)





2652 Points ∼68% +33%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


2403 Points ∼62% +21%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


1993 Points ∼51%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (179 – 3512, n=92, last 2 years)





1379 Points ∼100% +59%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


1244 Points ∼90% +43%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1238 Points ∼90% +43%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1108 Points ∼80% +28%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (867 – 1105, n=2)





986 Points ∼72% +14%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


907 Points ∼66% +5%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


867 Points ∼63%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


2117 Points ∼100% +186%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


2086 Points ∼99% +182%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1741 Points ∼82% +136%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (251 – 3765, n=92, last 2 years)





1639 Points ∼77% +122%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (739 – 1707, n=2)





1223 Points ∼58% +65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


755 Points ∼36% +2%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


739 Points ∼35%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


4698.96 MB/s ∼100% +105%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


2936 MB/s ∼62% +28%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


2805 MB/s ∼60% +22%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (426 – 5546, n=92, last 2 years)





2779 MB/s ∼59% +21%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


2578.59 MB/s ∼55% +13%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (2291 – 2723, n=2)





2507 MB/s ∼53% +9%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


2291.46 MB/s ∼49%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1954.78 MB/s ∼100% +96%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


1686.36 MB/s ∼86% +69%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (114 – 3955, n=92, last 2 years)





1658 MB/s ∼85% +66%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


1457 MB/s ∼75% +46%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1310 MB/s ∼67% +31%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (998 – 1128, n=2)





1063 MB/s ∼54% +6%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


998.17 MB/s ∼51%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


61 MB/s ∼100% +68%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


60.5 MB/s ∼99% +67%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


54.52 MB/s ∼89% +50%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (8.95 – 84.8, n=92, last 2 years)





54.3 MB/s ∼89% +50%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


47.96 MB/s ∼79% +32%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (36.3 – 52.7, n=2)





44.5 MB/s ∼73% +23%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


36.3 MB/s ∼60%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


220 MB/s ∼100% +208%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


183.75 MB/s ∼84% +157%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


156.67 MB/s ∼71% +119%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (48 – 294, n=92, last 2 years)





154.7 MB/s ∼70% +117%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


110.6 MB/s ∼50% +55%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (71.4 – 147.5, n=2)





109.5 MB/s ∼50% +53%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


71.41 MB/s ∼32%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (122.9 – 2938, n=92, last 2 years)





1047 MB/s ∼100% +74%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


903 MB/s ∼86% +50%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


789.86 MB/s ∼75% +31%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


713.5 MB/s ∼68% +19%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (601 – 780, n=2)





691 MB/s ∼66% +15%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


601.19 MB/s ∼57%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


565 MB/s ∼54% -6%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


1829 MB/s ∼100% +222%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


1764.74 MB/s ∼96% +211%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


1389 MB/s ∼76% +145%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (125.7 – 3196, n=92, last 2 years)





1319 MB/s ∼72% +132%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (568 – 1446, n=2)





1007 MB/s ∼55% +77%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


568.01 MB/s ∼31%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


402.96 MB/s ∼22% -29%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


0.093 ms ∼100% -7%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


0.087 ms ∼94%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (0.081 – 0.087, n=2)





0.084 ms ∼90% +3%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


0.075 ms ∼81% +14%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


0.074 ms ∼80% +15%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (0.021 – 0.5, n=91, last 2 years)





0.07302 ms ∼79% +16%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


0.043 ms ∼46% +51%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB


0.074 ms ∼100% -42%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (0.013 – 0.703, n=92, last 2 years)





0.06666 ms ∼90% -28%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02


0.064 ms ∼86% -23%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ


0.052 ms ∼70%

Average Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ

  (0.028 – 0.052, n=2)





0.04 ms ∼54% +23%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ


0.034 ms ∼46% +35%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered


0.02 ms ∼27% +62%

… smaller is better

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: Ø3100 (2758.17-3124.92)

In terms of its performance, the integrated Qualcomm GPU of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1 corresponds approximately to an Intel UHD graphics chip. With this, the performance is sufficient for everyday operation but not enough for more difficult tasks. Most games won’t even run on the ThinkPad X13s anyways, aside perhaps from games from the Windows Store. If graphics performance is your focus, the ThinkPad laptop is clearly the wrong device.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P


27866 Points ∼100% +102%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U


27360 Points ∼98% +99%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (3441 – 65911, n=74, last 2 years)





24653 Points ∼88% +79%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U


19854 Points ∼71% +44%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3


13768 Points ∼49%

Average Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





13768 Points ∼49% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P


5474 Points ∼100% +93%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U


4954 Points ∼91% +75%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (436 – 12349, n=95, last 2 years)





4399 Points ∼80% +55%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U


3611 Points ∼66% +27%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U


3247 Points ∼59% +14%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3


2837 Points ∼52%

Average Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





2837 Points ∼52% 0%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1280P


1699 Points ∼100% +109%

HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1265U


1549 Points ∼91% +91%

Average of class Subnotebook

  (116 – 4773, n=93, last 2 years)





1401 Points ∼82% +73%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U


1060 Points ∼62% +31%

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1230U


945 Points ∼56% +17%

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Qualcomm Adreno 690, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3


811 Points ∼48%

Average Qualcomm Adreno 690

 





811 Points ∼48% 0%

3DMark 11 Performance
3115 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
15415 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11034 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2758 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
909 points

Help

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is cooled completely passively, so there is no fan. We also did not notice any other annoying noises.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

Adreno 690, SD 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

Vega 7, R5 PRO 5650U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2 8-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0256Z
HP Elite Dragonfly G3

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1265U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1280P, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02
off / environment *

24.17

22.8

26

23.3

Idle Minimum *

24.17

23.2

26

23.9

Idle Average *

24.17

23.2

26

23.9

Idle Maximum *

24.17

23.2

27.5

23.9

Load Average *

29.92

25.1

39.5

23.3

Load Maximum *

31.52

35.2

39.6

40.9

Witcher 3 ultra *

32

39.6

40.9

… smaller is better

Without active cooling, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is cooled only passively by radiating the heat. Under low load, this works great. However, in the case of full load, which we simulate in this case with Prime95 (since FurMark doesn’t work), the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s gets extremely hot. The maximum temperature of 64.4 ºC (148 ºF) on the bottom could even lead to some slight burns. But of course, this extreme stress test scenario cannot be compared to everyday usage. However, it shows us another reason, why the ThinkPad X13s is not suited for demanding tasks.

  50.5 °C

123 F
59 °C

138 F
36.5 °C

98 F
 
  50.5 °C

123 F
46.3 °C

115 F
37.9 °C

100 F
 
  32.4 °C

90 F
28.6 °C

83 F
27.1 °C

81 F
 
Maximum: 59 °C = 138 F

Average: 41 °C = 106 F
49.9 °C

122 F
64.4 °C

148 F
60.1 °C

140 F
43.9 °C

111 F
51.6 °C

125 F
55.1 °C

131 F
28.4 °C

83 F
35.9 °C

97 F
37.2 °C

99 F
Maximum: 64.4 °C = 148 F

Average: 47.4 °C = 117 F

Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 23.1 °C = 74 F | Fluke 62 Max+

(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.

(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 59 °C / 138 F, compared to the average of 35.9 °C / 97 F, ranging from 21.4 to 59 °C for the class Subnotebook.

(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 64.4 °C / 148 F, compared to the average of 39.5 °C / 103 F

(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.4 °C / 90.3 F) and are therefore not hot.

(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-4.1 °C / -7.4 F).

For a compact laptop, the speakers of the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s are okay, even if they lack bass and also some volume. The ThinkPad X1 Nano G2 offers the better speakers. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2025.124.62526.523.73122.9224021.925.25018.619.56323.216.98016.918.21001918.412524.727.616022.431.6200204225019.250.831515.157.34001857.150015.458.263013.159.68001157.8100010.962.3125010.357.7160010.659.820009.965.5250011.765.7315011.463.840001159.9500011.158.9630011.259800011.558.3100001156.11250010.953.71600010.848.8SPL24.673.5N0.631.5median 11.4median 57.8Delta3.1634.537.334.529.830.929.827.33027.328.12828.130.224.130.231.428.831.435.325.235.341.422.541.446.720.646.752.817.452.857.716.657.762.415.862.464.814.264.868.412.368.470.311.770.375.810.775.878.69.878.672.39.772.370.59.970.579.59.879.576.610.876.674.81174.873.613.673.672.311.572.372.412.172.473.311.973.371.712.471.766.412.966.46212.56257.412.457.486.623.986.670.60.570.6median 70.5median 12.3median 70.56.326.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_852218_0’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_852218_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_852218_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”text-anchor:start;font-size:0.7em” x=”55″ y=”38″>Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_852218_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”74.2″ x2=”90.2″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_833279_0’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_833279_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_833279_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_833279_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_833279_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”text-anchor:start;font-size:0.7em” x=”313.4″ y=”38″>Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_833279_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”332.6″ x2=”348.6″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_833279_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”351.8″ x2=”367.8″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″>

Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.49 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(-) | nearly no bass – on average 19.9% lower than median

(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(+) | balanced mids – only 2.1% away from median

(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 2.9% away from median

(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.9% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse

» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 50%

Compared to all devices tested

» 24% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 71% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.6 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(-) | nearly no bass – on average 16.2% lower than median

(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(+) | balanced mids – only 4.1% away from median

(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 2.8% away from median

(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(+) | overall sound is linear (12.8% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 75% worse

» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 50%

Compared to all devices tested

» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 87% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

In addition to the silent operation, the low power consumption is supposed to be another strength of the ARM chip. And indeed, all the other competitors consume more power on average than the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s. However, their average value is distorted by the high load consumption of the competitors. Looking at it more closely, the ARM chip of the ThinkPad is also not without peer: The minimum idle consumption of the Apple M2 chip is significantly lower than that of the Qualcomm CPU. The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 with the Ryzen 6000 also has a lower idle consumption.

The maximum consumption is at around 50 watts, so the 65-Watt charger is sufficiently sized.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

SD 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ, a-Si IPS LED, 1920×1200, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

R5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS LED, 1920×1200, 13.30
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2, M2 8-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0256Z, IPS, 2560×1664, 13.60
HP Elite Dragonfly G3

i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB, IPS, 1920×1280, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered, IPS, 1920×1200, 13.40
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Kioxia BG5 KBG5AZNT1T02, IPS, 2160×1350, 13.00
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 21D2CTO1WW

R5 PRO 6650U, Radeon 660M, Lenovo UMIS AM630 RPJTJ512MGE1QDQ, IPS LED, 1920×1200, 13.30
Average Qualcomm Adreno 690

 
Average of class Subnotebook

 
Idle Minimum *

2.6

3.82

-47%

1.87

28%

3.4

-31%

3.6

-38%

3.4

-31%

2.4

8%

2.6

-0%

4.61

Time for recharging: 121 minutes

Lenovo gets a very good battery life from the 49.5 Watthour battery: 14 hours in the WiFi test at 150 cd/m² display brightness are a very good result. However, the X13s is still surpassed by the Apple MacBook Air M2, even though the CPU of the MacBook is significantly more powerful. The Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 with the AMD Ryzen 6000 and the Dell XPS 13 9315 also surpassed it.

Battery Runtime

WiFi Websurfing (Edge 105)
14h 08min
WiFi Websurfing max. Brightness (Edge 105)
10h 14min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 57min
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

SD 8cx Gen 3, Adreno 690, 49.5 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 G2 AMD 20XH001KGE

R5 PRO 5650U, Vega 7, 54.7 Wh
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry

M2, M2 8-Core GPU, 52.6 Wh
HP Elite Dragonfly G3

i7-1265U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 68 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U

i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Core i7-1280P

i7-1280P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 49.5 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 21D2CTO1WW

R5 PRO 6650U, Radeon 660M, 51.5 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook

 
H.264

976

814

-17%

989

1%

979

0%

Testing the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s G1, test unit provided by Lenovo.

Windows and ARM, this combination of software and hardware has been anything but a love marriage until now. The PCs and RISC CPUs designed for efficiency haven’t been a really good combination yet. With Windows 11 and the ThinkPad X13s, Microsoft and Lenovo are making another effort. After our review, we can say that this has been the best attempt so far. But it is still not sufficient for a breakthrough of the platform.

This is due to both the software and the hardware. Even if Windows 11 has made a large step forward, there are still many applications that don’t run despite the emulation. And in terms of the hardware, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xc Gen 3 is faster than its predecessor, but it still doesn’t come close to running as fast as the current x86 chips from Intel and AMD or the processors of the Apple M series. At least, the performance is sufficient for everyday tasks at this point, so that the practical usability is significantly higher than it was with earlier ARM PCs. A glance at the battery life and noise volume of the ThinkPad X13s also shows that the combination of ARM and Windows has potential for the future: It is completely silent and has a fairly good endurance. However, the quiet operation is at the cost of high case temperatures under load. So there is also room for improvement in that regard.

Aside from the platform, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s is a very good mobile work device for business travelers. This is also how Lenovo markets it, and the device is able to serve this niche very well. It is extremely light and still robust, offers 5G, a good keyboard, and a matte display, even if this could have been brighter and the keyboard could have offered a longer stroke. A weakness lies in the connection equipment, and business customers will probably miss HDMI in particular. In addition, the TrackPoint in this model is uncharacteristically imprecise for a ThinkPad.

Light, silent, and with a long endurance – these advantages make the ThinkPad X13s a very good subnotebook, but buyers still have to live with some limitations due to the ARM processor.

However, since the positive characteristics outweigh the negatives overall and the ThinkPad X13s G1 is well-suited for its target usage as a subnotebook, this still results in an evaluation in the positive range. 

On the other hand, the competitors in this segment have a very high quality, and they all have a significantly better performance and app compatibility in common. The Apple MacBook Air is also silent and still offers a very good performance and long battery life. The Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 also has some significant performance advantages and delivers a similar battery life, although it has a fan. Both of these laptops are noticeably heavier than the ThinkPad X13s, though. And neither offers 5G, with the MacBook not even including LTE. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano G2 doesn’t share these disadvantages. It is just as light and includes 5G, but the battery life with the Intel CPU is several levels below that of the competitors. How it can also be done better with Intel is shown by the Dell XPS 13, but, just like the MacBook Air, it also doesn’t have WWAN. In addition, the SSD is soldered, which is another commonality with the Apple device. Another interesting option might be the HP Elite Dragonfly, which is also slightly heavier and offers less battery life but includes WWAN instead.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1 21BX000QGE

10/26/2022 v7



Benjamin Herzig

Connectivity

58 / 75 → 77%

Games Performance

59 / 78 → 75%

Application Performance

70 / 85 → 82%

Subnotebook – Weighted Average

Benjamin Herzig, 2022-10-29 (Update: 2022-10-29)