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Lenovo ThinkPad Z comes with unique Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z APU

Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 & Thinkpad Z16 to come with the new AMD Ryzen APU

Updated: Apr 20, 2022 2:55 pm
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 ThinkPad Z16

The official launch of the AMD Ryzen PRO 6000 series of APUs has just been announced, along with the list of the SKUs within the series, however, there’s one unique processor that will be limited to Lenovo ThinkPad Z laptops: the Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z. Apparently, the Ryzen 7 6860Z has been designed through a collaborative effort between AMD and Lenovo (the two companies having previously worked together on the development of the Threadripper Pro). Read below for all the latest info.

Lenovo Thinkpad Z Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z APU

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z vs 6850U

We don’t have any specific spec details for the Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z yet, but we do know that it will be a more souped-up version of the upcoming Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U, likely with a higher clock speed. The known specifications for the Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U are as follows:

  • Cores/Threads: 8/16
  • Clock speed / Frequency: 4.7/2.7 GHz
  • Architecture: Zen 3+
  • Node: 6nm
  • L2 + L3 Cache: 20MB
  • TDP: 28W (15W – 30W)

Like the rest of the Ryzen PRO 6000 series, the 6860Z APU will have all the latest support for business-focused security features, such as Microsoft Pluton Security, AMD Memory Guard, and AMD Shadow Stack.

Thinkpad Z series vs Thinkpad X series laptops

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z series, which encompasses the ThinkPad Z13 and Z16, is essentially the AMD version of the ThinkPad X series, which includes the ThinkPad X13 and X16. Unlike the X series, which is based around the Snapdragon architecture, all of the ThinkPad Z series have 6000 series APUs. Both variants have the following features:

Extended battery life: Improvements in efficiency thanks to the new architecture result in superb battery life increases, up to a potential 29 hours according to AMD & Lenovo, though we’ll have to wait for testing to see if this holds up.

Extra thin, extra light: The main ThinkPad Z13s will have a 16:10 13.3-inch screen, measure around: 13.4mm x 298.7mm x 206.4mm, and will weigh approximately 1.06 kg / 2.35lb, making it one of Lenovo’s lightest laptops.

Fanless design: Contributing to the slender ergonomics of the ThinkPad Z13s is the lack of a fan cooling system. This also means that the machine is almost completely silent, making it ideal for any kind of quiet working environment, or use in a public space.

Camera & connectivity: The ultra-fast 5G support will mean greater connectivity, upload and download speeds whilst on the move, and the improved camera now has a 5-megapixel sensor with InfraRed technology.

Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 & Lenovo Thinkpad Z16 specifications

See below for a breakdown of the different spec options for the Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 and Lenovo Thinkpad Z16 laptops.

Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 Lenovo Thinkpad Z16 specifications

Final Word

We will be updating this page as new details of the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z emerge. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Ryzen 6000 series and Lenovo laptop news.

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