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Your next ThinkPad might be made of plant-based materials

Sustainability is becoming a theme at this year's Mobile World Congress.

Fergus Halliday
Feb 28, 2023
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Lenovo's second-generation ThinkPad Z13 is geared towards those who want sustainability without compromising on style.

Announced and shown off at this year's Mobile World Congress, the new Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 boasts a sleek and sustainable-sourced Flax Fiber top cover with a  brushed wood-like aesthetic.

According to Lenovo, this outward-facing half of the laptop is made of a mix of recycled aluminium and flax plant fibres. Despite that plant-based bent in material design, the specs here are just as glitzy as they might be with a less eco-friendly laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z13

On the inside, the ThinkPad Z13 is armed with a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED screen. The internals of the machine is similarly accomplished. Under the hood, the updated ThinkPad Z13 runs on an AMD 7000 Series mobile processor (with the usual complement of Radeon 700M Series graphics), up to 64GB of dual-channel memory and up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage.

While the distinct design here has its perks, extra ports aren't one of them. Those who opt to pick up the ThinkPad Z13 will have to make do with just USB Type-C ports and a headphone jack.

Aside from the spec bump and plant-based look, this year's ThinkPad Z13 doesn't do much to deviate from its predecessor when it comes to features. It's got the same iconic TrackPoint, a 1080p webcam, Dolby Voice microphones and a larger-than-usual trackpad.

The latest ThinkPad Z13 is being introduced alongside an updated version of the Lenovo ThinkPad Z16. This model loses the flak cover but gains a larger 16-inch screen with 4K resolution, plus additional ports.

At the time of writing, the exact Australian pricing and availability for both the ThinkPad Z13 and ThinkPad Z16 are to be announced.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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