Lenovo ThinkPad P50 Disassembly and RAM, SSD, HDD upgrade guide


As one of the most well-known PC brands, ThinkPad brought a lot of innovative products in the last two years, such as ultra-thin ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad W Series mobile workstations. ThinkPad P50 is ThinkPad’s new mobile workstation, which uses Intel’s first mobile Xeon E3 processor and NVIDIA Quadro M2000M professional graphics card. Today, we will bring ThinkPad P50’s disassembly and upgrade guide.

Before starting to disassemble, we take a look at the specifications and appearance of the ThinkPad P50.

The laptop using full black carbon fiber body, there are “ThinkPad” and “Lenovo” brand identity on the left and right corners of the back lid, but this generation’s “Lenovo” logo surprisingly small, could see that Lenovo intends to dilute “Lenovo” brand.

It did not use the more avant-garde Intel RealSense camera. As with all high-end ThinkPad products, ThinkPad P50 screen can be flipped up to 180 degrees. The left side of the LCD hinge also has a hard drive status indicator.

On the right side of the body is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DP interface, and a headphone/microphone combo port. The left side of the body is equipped with an SD card reader, an expansion card slot, and a smart card reader. On the rear of the body is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, an RJ45 network port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI port, a DC power jack connector.

The bottom of the body comes with a docking station outlet. P50 hit two first times in ThinkPad history: the first time set the I\O port in the rear of the body. The first time abandons VGA display port in the workstation.

The laptop weight of 2.562kg, with the AC adapter weight of 3.252kg.

It has FHD and 4K resolution option with IPS technology and does not support touch. In our case, the laptop with an Intel Xeon E3-1505M V5,16GB of memory, 512GB SSD, Nvidia Quadro M2000M (4GB) discrete graphics card.

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1. Removing the battery
Unlock and remove the battery.

2. Removing the service cover
Loosen six screws securing the cover.
Pry up and remove the cover.

3. Upgrade Options
Under the service cover, you will be able to access two RAM slots, two M.2 slots, a 2.5″ HDD bay and a SIM card slot.
Unfortunately, if you add SSD and HDD, you have to order SSD bracket and HDD SATA cable from Lenovo website.

4. Upgrade the SSD

5. Removing the keyboard
Turn over the laptop.
Lift up the keyboard and disconnect the keyboard and backlit keyboard.
You can access two RAM slots, a 3G WWAN, and a wireless card slot.

SSD and bracket modules

WWAN and wireless card NGFF slot

Source: chiphell.com


  1. Thank you for this article, very useful. Does this laptop come with 2 fans, one for the CPU and the second for the integrated GPU? Just like in Dell Precision 7510 case, just an example.

  2. Ok, where’s the rest?
    this is supposed to be a disassembly guide, I’m expecting a complete teardown.
    screen removal?
    motherboard removal?


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