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Lenovo ThinkPad P1 vs P52 – Which One Should You Get?

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The Lenovo X1 Extreme and X1 Carbon are similar yet different. In this article, we compare the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and X1 Carbon. Here’s everything you need to know about X1 Extreme vs X1 Carbon.


Lenovo ThinkPad P1
Lenovo ThinkPad P52
Design (5)
Build Quality (5)
Upgradeability (5)
Display (5)
Thermals (5)
Performance (5)
Battery Life (5)
4 (Full HD)
4 (Full HD)
Total (35)

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 – Pros & Cons

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Laptop Workstation (Gen 2) - 15.6' HDR FHD | 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-9750H Six-Core | 512GB | 16GB |Quadro T1000 (4GB GDDR5) | Win10 pro


Excellent Performance

Lightweight & Slim

Easy To Upgrade

Great Build Quality


Higher Configurations Are Pricey

4K Display Reduces Battery Life

Runs Hot

Lenovo ThinkPad P52- Pros & Cons

OEM Lenovo ThinkPad P52s 15.6” FHD 1920x1080 IPS, Intel Quad Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD NVMe, Quadro P500, Fingerprint, W10P, Business Laptop


Amazing Performance

Long Battery Life

Solid Build Quality


Higher Configurations Are Pricey

Thick & Heavy

Differences Between ThinkPad P1 And ThinkPad P52


The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 allows hardware configurations of up to 8th Gen Intel Core i9 or an Intel Xeon processor. When it comes to the graphics card. The options are Quadro P1000, P2000 and P3200 (The higher the number the more powerful it is).

You are also able to upgrade the RAM up to 128GB and 6TB (two 2TB SSDs and a 2TB HDD). There is a newer model – Lenovo ThinkPad P53 . It has newer hardware and it’s slimmer and lighter than the P52.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 has newer hardware configurations. It can be configured up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 or Intel Xeon. The graphics cards options are between Quadro P1000, P2000, T1000 and T2000. RAM is upgradeable up to 64GB and can take up to 4TB PCIe SSD.

Design & Build Quality

The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is what you call a thick and bulky laptop. A traditional workstation throughout. The weight starts at 5.71 lbs (2.6 kg) and increases when the hardware becomes more powerful. The laptop is about an inch thick.

The P52 mobile workstation is not exactly a portable laptop. It sacrifices portability for power. When it comes to build quality. It is solid and flex is almost non-existent. The P52 also passes the MIL-STD 810G for durability.

This laptop will be able to withstand drops (don’t go overboard) and survive. This was made possible because of its magnesium alloy and reinforced carbon fibre. The whole mobile workstation is covered with soft-touch material and it’s smooth to the touch.

The display hinges are silver and can be turned 180 degrees. For the design, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 has a similar design to the other members of the ThinkPad family.

The Lenovo logo is written on the bottom-right corner of the keyboard area and top-left corner on the display lid. It is also all-black. The only design change is the silver display hinges.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 has a decent port selection and can be found on the back and side. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports are found on the back.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 has a slim and lightweight form factor. It weighs 4 lbs (1.83 kg) and 0.72 inches in thickness. This makes it one of the lightest mobile workstations. You can easily put this in your laptop bag and carry it around.

The Lenovo P1 has a soft-touch coated magnesium chassis. And the display lid is covered by carbon fibre. The magnesium chassis passes the MIL-STD and Lenovo tests for durability and resistance. In short, the Lenovo P1 is a robust workstation.

On a side note, the soft touch coat is a major smudge and fingerprint magnet. And cleaning it is quite difficult.

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Review

For the design, if you have seen the X1 Extreme. You will notice how they look the same. The Lenovo P1 looks exactly like the X1 Extreme. Except for the fact that it doesn’t have the X1 written on the bottom-right corner of the display lid.

When it comes to the port selection. The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 has more I/O ports than the Lenovo P1. What they have common is the two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is thicker and heavier than the Lenovo ThinkPad P1. Both have similar designs but an obvious design tell for the Lenovo P52 is the silver display hinges. In terms of build quality, both are durable.


This is where the Lenovo P52 reigns. Accessing the motherboard can be done in two ways – bottom and top. Removing the bottom panel gives you access to the majority of the upgradeable components.

p52 teardown
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Teardown

There are two RAM slots which can take up to 32GB RAM each. Two M.2 SSD slots that can support RAID set-ups. An HDD bay which requires a special cable. Finally, a 90 WHr battery that can be removed or replaced.

Opening the front is more difficult than the bottom. You have to remove the keyboard to get access to the motherboard. Once that’s done you get access to the other 2 RAM slots which can take up to 32GB RAM.

Maxing out all the RAM, M.2 and HDD slots will give you 128GB RAM (64GB ECC memory max), 4TB SSD and 2TB HDD storage. Plenty of RAM and storage that provides massive benefits in virtualization, servers, artificial intelligence, etc.

p1 teardown
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Teardown

The Lenovo P1 is easy to open. Remove a few screws and you have access to the motherboard. Once in, you can upgrade the RAM up to 64GB (32GB for each slot). There are two M.2 SSD slots which can take up to 2TB each. And finally, a socketed Wi-Fi card that can either be replaced or upgraded.


According to Lenovo, here are the display options for the Lenovo ThinkPad P52.

  • 15.6″ FHD IPS (1920×1080), anti-glare, 300 nits, 700:1 contrast ratio, 72% gamut, 160° viewing angle
  • 15.6″ 4K IPS (3840×2160), anti-glare, 400 nits, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 100% gamut, 170° viewing angle, multi-touch

Here are the display options for the Lenovo ThinkPad P1.

  • 15.6″ UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED, 400 nits, AR/AS, multi-touch Dolby Vision™ HDR 500
  • 15.6″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS 500 nits, anti-glare with Dolby Vision™ HDR 400
  • 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS 300 nits, anti-glare, 72% NTSC
  • 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS 500 nits, anti-glare, 72% NTSC, Dolby Vision™ HDR 400

The Lenovo P1 has more display options than the Lenovo P52. Plus, the 4K OLED display is better than Lenovo’s P52’s 4K in terms of colour accuracy. Both are bright, sharp, have great viewing angles and are multi-touch.

A multi-touch display is glossy and so there will be an amount of glare. There will also be reflections cast on it in bright lights. The Lenovo P1 has a 500 nit anti-glare 4K non-OLED and multi-touch display option. Great for those who do not want a glossy and touchscreen display.

Both laptops have Full HD (1920 x 1080) display options. However, the Lenovo P1 has a 500 nit Full HD option. It is bright and makes it perfect for outdoor use. The other option is a 300 nit display. Both Full HD display options have above colour accuracy and sharpness.

The Lenovo P52 and P1 provide great display options. They have great colour accuracy and gamut making useful for video and photo editing. Although each has its level of brightness. They are bright and sharp.

Keyboard & Touchpad

ThinkPads are known for their great keyboards. And these two are no exceptions. The Lenovo P52 has a keyboard with a Numpad. The Numpad was included because of its large size.

Unfortunately, this has reduced the keypad size. But, not so much to cause problems when typing. The keys are slightly concave at the lower-end. And they have good key travel and resistance resulting in great tactile feedback.

lenovo p1
Lenovo ThinkPad P1

The touchpad is equipped with Windows Precision drivers and gestures. It will register your touch quickly. In addition to that, it is quite large.

The Lenovo P1 also has a similar keyboard minus the Numpad. This means the keys are full-size and provide a slightly better typing experience than the Lenovo P52. The key travel and tactile feedback are also similar to that of the Lenovo P52. The touchpad is smaller than the Lenovo P52. It is as responsive as the P52 because of the Windows Precision drivers.

Both keyboards are spill-resistant and are backlit. The nature of the keyboard makes it easy to max out your WPM and type for long sessions with little errors.

One more thing. Lenovo still maintains the Trackpoint on its ThinkPad devices. And it is not going away anytime soon.


Both workstations are powerful. But, it is the cooling system that sets them apart. Powerful mobile workstations run at high temperatures when subjected to heavy loads and thermal throttle.

But, the Lenovo P1 thermal throttles often due to its slim chassis. This prevents it from running at high clock speeds for long periods. The cooling system is not able to quickly dissipate the heat. Plus, the fans get loud since they have to work at full speed to cool it.

The Lenovo P52, on the other hand, manages the high temperatures well. It does thermal throttle often and even if it does. It won’t go below the base clock. This results in better performance over long periods.

lenovo p52
Lenovo ThinkPad P52

The cooling system of the Lenovo P52 gives it an advantage over the Lenovo P1. This means that the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is the more powerful workstation. The cooling system allows it to be able to utilise the hardware configurations better than the Lenovo P1.

Undervolting both laptops will result in better and more stable performance.
The Lenovo P52 wins this round because of its superior cooling system.

Battery Life

The Lenovo P52 is a big laptop. And a big laptop most of the time means it has a big battery. The Lenovo P52 has a massive 90WHr. Whiles the Lenovo P1 has an 80WHr battery. Provided they have the same display.

For example, a Full HD display. The Lenovo P52 outlasts the Lenovo P1. A Full HD Lenovo P52 can last 10 hours under consistent use.

The Lenovo P1, on the other hand, can last about 8-10 hours. The 4K resolution display cuts this in half. Both workstations can last 4-5 hours if it has a 4K display.

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 vs P52 – Which One To Get?

To be honest, it is a pretty easy choice.

If you want max performance that can be maintained for long periods. Then the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is the better option. It is a behemoth that can dish out serious performance. The ability to max out the RAM to 128GB RAM makes it level above the ThinkPad P1.

However, if you move around a lot or prefer something portable. The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 is the better choice. Because it doesn’t sacrifice too much performance for its portability.

To sum it all up.

Performance? Lenovo ThinkPad P52.

Portability? Lenovo ThinkPad P1.


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