Lenovo Thinkpad T490

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 is the perfect option for portability, durability and functionality. This do it all business laptop is member of the Thinkpad series, thus, offering impressive build quality, security features, and processor to maximize productivity.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops are one of the company’s best machines with the best Windows experience, thus offering the best users experience.

This ultra-portable business and budget Laptop is equipped with Up to 8th Gen Intel®Core processor, a backlit enabled ergonomic keyboard, Intel UHD 620 graphics card and a 3 Cell Li-Ion battery.

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Key Specs & Features

  • Up to Windows 10 Pro
  • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core i5 / i7 vPro
  • Intel UHD 620 or NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • 14-inch Display (TN or IPS)
  • 1920 x 1080 or 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • Touchscreen Option
  • up to 48GB RAM
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
  • Spill resistant and Backlit Keyboard
  • Fingerprint reader
  • HD 720p with ThinkShutter privacy cover
  • Dolby Audio Premium
  • 50Wh Battery
  • Up to 16.1 hours Battery Life

Lenovo Thinkpad T490


Compared to its predecessor, the Lenevo ThinkPad T490 14-inches comes with improved design; slimmer and more lightweight, so, you get access to an ultra-portable laptop.

Lenovo Thinkpad T490 now sport thinner bezel compare to its predecessor, therefore enabling the thin-edges. The body is constructed of plastic with glass fiber backing, hence, it feels sturdy enough in hand.

The top lid housing the display is covered in finely textured plastic, so, it is light-weighed  and easy to open. However, the bottom chassis house the keyboard, touchpad, Trackpad and other components.

Lenovo Thinkpad T490 bottom chassis is made of sturdy and tough metal (aluminum). This keyboard is backlit (2 levels of brightness) with a monochrome light.

On the left side of the Lenovo Thinkpad T490, is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port and a Thunderbolt 3 port, the latter of which can be used for mechanical docking. Either one can be used for charging though.

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Likewise, on the same side sits a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI, a 3.5mm combo audio jack, and a microSD card slot.

Right at the other side of the Lenovo Thinkpad T490 sits another USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port and an Ethernet port.

Lenovo T490 also comes with a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello authentication which is positioned right beside the touchpad.


The Lenovo Thinkpad T490 comes with up to Six display options, all  of which is a great choice. It has a 14-inch screen size with the base model flaunting an HD TN antiglare display type with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 nit brightness capacity.

You also get an option of FHD IPS display type, a resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel and brightness of 250 nit.

Similarly, there is an option of FHD IPS Touchscreen display and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with brightness capacity of 300 nit.

Lenovo Thinkpad T490 also offer a FHD IPS option with PrivacyGuard, sporting a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 400 brightness nit. There also another option with the same screen resolution and display  type but with low power and same 400 nit.

The Lenovo Thinkpad T490 Premium model flaunts a Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD), IPS with Dolby Vision which offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and Adobe 100% color gamut.

This premium combination offers the best display option of increased brightness, expanded contrast, amazingly accurate colors, and refined detail. The colors are excellent, thanks to the 100% Adobe RGB color gamut.

Processor and Storage

A ThinkPad laptop is suited for regular office work and the T490 excels at that. It is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor alongside the Intel UHD 620 graphics or Nvidia MX250 graphics card option depending on your choice.

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To boost the performance Lenovo Thinkpad T490 support up to 16GB RAM and MicroSD card reader which can be configured up to 1TB PCIe SSD.

It also run on Windows 10 Pro operating system out-of-the-box. Therefore, offering smooth user experience and better interface.


The 50Wh battery capacity offers Up to 16.1 hours Battery Life. Fortunately, Lenovo Thinkpad T490 also features the RapidCharge technology that charges the battery at a theoretical speed of 40Wh per hour.

Other Features

The T490 includes a few security options along with the dTPM 2.0 chip, including a fingerprint reader set beside the touchpad, an optional IR camera above the display, a shutter for the front-facing 720p webcam, and Kensington lock slot.

Similarly, Lenovo Thinkpad T490 has a Dual 2W speakers, positioned along the top of the keyboard and hidden beneath a grate that also houses the power button.

It also comes with an optional LTE-A card and the ThinkPad Pro Dock for worldwide connectivity.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop also features Dolby Audio Premium, which delivers crystal-clear audio when watching videos or taking a call. As well as a dual far-field mics to ensure that you’ll be heard clearly on every call you make.

Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Price and Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad T490 has a starting price of $846 and goes higher as you configure display, internal storage, RAM, graphics unit, operating system and a couple of other specs.

Lenovo Thinkpad T490 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Lenovo Thinkpad T490:

General Features

  • OS: Up to Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 / i7 vPro™
  • GPU: Intel UHD 620, Optional: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250*
  • Memory: up to 48GB RAM
  • Colours: Black
  • Dimension: 329 x 227 x 18.9 mm / 12.95” x 8.94” x 0.74”
  • Weight: from 1.46 kg / 3.23lb
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Display & Keyboard

  • Display: 14″ HD TN antiglare (1920 x 1080, 250 nit), 14″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080, 250 nit), 14″ FHD IPS Touchscreen (1920 x 1080. 300 nit), 14″ FHD IPS with PrivacyGuard (1920 x 1080, 400 nit), 14″ FHD IPS Low Power (1920 x 1080, 400 nit), 14″ WQHD IPS with Dolby Vision® (2560 x 1440, 500 nit, Adobe 100% color gamut)
  • Keyboard: Spill resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting.
  • Pointing Device: –


  • Built-in Storage: Up to 1TB PCIe SSD, Optional: Intel® Optane Memory
  • Optical Storage: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Ports & Connectivity

  • Webcam:  Yes, 720p HD with ThinkShutter privacy cover, Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) + HD with ThinkShutter
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1), 2 x USB-C (1 Thunderbolt™ 3)
  • HDMI: HDMI 1.4
  • Thunderbolt Ports: Yes, 2 Ports (via USB Type C ports)
  • DisplayPort: –
  • VGA: –
  • Ethernet (RJ-45):  Yes
  • SD Slot: Yes, MicroSD card reader
  • Mic/Headphone: Yes, Dual Far-Field Microphones, Dolby Audio Premium
  • WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band Wire-less 2 x 2 AC /WiFi 6 (AX)
  • Bluetooth: – Yes, Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC: Optional
  • Docking Connector: ThinkPad Thunderbolt Dock Gen 2, ThinkPad Basic/Pro/Ultra Dock
  • Mobile Broadband: Optional 4G LTE (micro-SIM slot)

Other Features

  • Optional Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • Optional Windows Hello with IR camera
  • ThinkShutter webcam privacy cover
  • Optional RFID Reader
  • Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
  • Optional PrivacyGuard
  • Optional PrivacyAlert
  • Dolby Audio Premium
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Office 365 30-Day Trial
  • Ethernet RJ45


  • Battery: 50Wh Battery, up to 60W Charging Capacity (Rapid Charge)
  • Use Time: up to 16.1 hours Battery Life

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