Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD vs. Intel: Which is a better buy?

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD (Image credit: Windows Central)

These two laptops are quite similar, with only minor differences between AMD and Intel systems. Both will deliver a solid business laptop foundation with the power to tackle productivity work, but there are some things to watch out for when buying one of these devices.

ThinkPad X13 AMD vs. Intel tech specs

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Header Cell - Column 0 ThinkPad X13 (AMD)ThinkPad X13 (Intel)
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
Intel Core i3-10110U
Intel Core i5-10210U
Intel Core i5-10310U
Intel Core i7-10510U
Intel Core i7-10610U
RAMUp to 32GB
DDR4-3200MHz
Soldered
Up to 16GB
DDR4-2667MHz
Soldered
GraphicsIntegrated
Radeon Vega
Integrated
Intel UHD
StorageUp to 1TB
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Upgradeable
Up to 1TB
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Upgradeable
Display13.3 inches
1366x768 (HD)
1920x1080 (FHD)
Touch, non-touch
PrivacyGuard (optional)
13.3 inches
1366x768 (HD)
1920x1080 (FHD)
Touch, non-touch
PrivacyGuard (optional)
PortsTwo USB-C 3.2
Two USB-A 3.2
HDMI 2.0
Ethernet extension
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Nano-SIM (optional)
Smart Card reader (optional)
USB-C 3.2
Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1.4
Ethernet extension
microSD card reader
3.5mm audio
Nano-SIM (optional)
Smart Card reader (optional)
AudioDual 1W speakers
Dolby Audio
Dual 1W speakers
Dolby Audio
WirelessIntel AX200 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
LTE-A (optional)
Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
LTE-A (optional)
CameraFront-facing 720p
ThinkShutter
IR camera (optional)
Front-facing 720p
ThinkShutter
IR camera (optional)
SecurityFingerprint reader (optional)
dTPM 2.0
Kensington lock slot
Fingerprint reader (optional)
dTPM 2.0
Kensington lock slot
Battery48Wh48Wh
Dimensions12.3 x 8.6 x 0.69 inches
(312mm x 217.2mm x 16.9mm)
12.28 x 8.55 x 0.66 inches
(312mm x 217.2mm x 16.9mm)
WeightFrom 2.84 pounds (1.28kg)From 2.84 pounds (1.29kg)

Design and features

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 AMD

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First-gen models of the ThinkPad X13 use a familiar template, with magnesium-aluminum chassis, black finish, and extra durability certifications to ensure they'll withstand use and abuse outside of what you might find in a standard office. If you're hard on your laptop, ThinkPads have a better chance of surviving than your standard Ultrabook.

Weight and dimensions are the same across Intel and AMD platforms. This is a rather compact laptop that's not hard to take with you on the move. And with optional LTE-A connectivity, you can stay connected in more places. Both laptops have comfortable ThinkPad keyboards with cupped keys and perfect spacing, and both include the TrackPoint system above a Precision touchpad. If you primarily use the red pointing nub and physical buttons, no issues here.

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Ports are physically the same, though the Intel model sees one of its USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 3. That means you're going to be able to connect the best laptop docking stations for a powerful workstation. The USB-C port on the AMD model will still work well with some docks, but that extra performance is missed.

Both laptops have optional IR cameras and fingerprint readers, and both have webcam shutters for some extra privacy. Speakers are the same across platforms and do alright for calls and media, but don't expect anything special. Wi-Fi 6 is also packed into each laptop for fast, reliable wireless internet.

The same display options can be had with either AMD or Intel hardware. A low-end HD option with 250 nits brightness costs the least, and it's recommended that you move up to FHD for a much better picture. At 1080p, there are three options, including non-touch with 300 nits brightness, touch with 300 nits brightness, and non-touch with PrivacyGuard filter and 500 nits brightness. If you often work on sensitive documents in public, that last option is no doubt what you want.

Performance and price

The real difference between these laptops lies in their CPU platforms. AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs are outstanding chips, with the PRO versions bringing extra security, multithreading, and manageability. And while similar Intel CPUs will still generally win in a single-core battle, Ryzen wins out in raw performance when using everything it has.

Take a look at some synthetic benchmarks to see how the CPUs measure up.

Geekbench 5.0 (CPU) (Higher is better)

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DeviceCPUSingle coreMulti core
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD)Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U1,1024,780
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5)i7-10610U1,1944,008

Cinebench (R20) (Higher is better)

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DeviceCPURange
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD)Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U2,368 to 2,380
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 5)i7-10610U1,319 to 1,364

You can get up to a Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U chip paired with 32GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM, whereas the Core i7 model is capped at 16GB of slower DDR4-2667MHz RAM. And don't think the lesser performance from the Intel model means it's going to cost less. A system with Ryzen 7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and FHD non-touch display costs about $1,241 (opens in new tab) at Lenovo after a coupon code, while a model with Intel Core i7 CPU and otherwise similar specs costs about $1,489 (opens in new tab) after a similar coupon is applied.

Go with AMD for more affordable performance

If you value performance at a lesser cost and don't absolutely need Thunderbolt 3 connectivity or Intel's vPro platform, the AMD-powered ThinkPad X13 is recommended. If neither of these laptops is exactly what you're looking for, our collection of the best Windows laptop options has plenty more picks.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.