Lenovo used the stage of CES 2023 to announce numerous technology highlights for 2023. One of them was the Lenovo Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen4, a mini-PC that is supposed to offer impressive computing power despite its tiny dimensions. This is made possible by processors from Intel’s Raptor Lake series.
Lenovo Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen4 gets performance boost
Mini PCs are especially popular in the business sector. But in times of increasing home offices, more and more private users are also using the inconspicuous mini computers. One of the slimmest representatives of favor has always been the Thinkcentre Neo 50q from Lenovo. Just in time for the popular tech show in the Nevada desert, the Chinese tech company presented the now fourth generation of the tiny PC with a volume of less than one liter alongside potent gaming notebooks and other highlights. The main reason for the new edition in the form of the Lenovo Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen4 is certainly Intel’s brand-new Raptor Lake-type chip solutions.
The slim dimensions of just 183 x 179 x 34.5 mm don’t initially raise much hope in terms of performance. However, a closer look at the technical specifications quickly reveals that appearances are deceptive. An Intel Core i5 chip is supposed to work in the small case. According to first rumors, this could be the Intel Core i5-13400. This makes sense because the predecessor of the chip was installed in Lenovo’s Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen3. If the rumors are true, we can expect a performance boost of almost 30 percent in the fourth generation.
The CPU gets support from either 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM. In terms of storage space, there is talk of a 1 TB SSD in the M.2 form factor. There is also supposed to be room for an additional 2.5 inch drive to match. A combination of a fast SSD and a large HDD would be a good choice. Of course, no real graphics card is possible in view of the compact dimensions. However, the Intel SoC comes with a suitable Xe graphics unit. In view of the fact that the mini-PC will primarily be used for office applications anyway, that should probably be enough.
Other highlights from CES 2023:
- CES 2023: Lenovo Yoga 9i impresses with 4K display
- CES 2023: Lenovo Tab Extreme aims to be iPad killer
Price and Availability
The Lenovo Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen4 then shows itself to be a real office stallion when you take a look at the port diversity. Besides 5x USB-A, there is 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 and 1x Ethernet. Thus, Lenovo’s Thinkcentre Neo 50q Gen4 should offer everything that is expected from a solid office PC, at least on paper. The price also sounds attractive. You should be able to buy the tiny PC for an MSRP starting at 350 Euros (~$350) in June 2023.