This 14-inch laptop was introduced in 2019 and can run Mint 19.1 (based on Ubuntu 18.10) out of the box. Like many other Thinkpads, it is sold in many different configurations.
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|Name||Lenovo Thinkpad E490|
|Processor||Intel i3-8145 (i5 and i7 optional)|
|Screen||14 inch 1920×1080|
|RAM||8 -32 GB|
|SSD||128 - 512 GB (additonal HDD optional)|
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless (Intel AC 9260), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card Reader||Not tested|
To select a boot device or enter BIOS setup: press ENTER immediately when the red Lenovo logo appears. You only have a fraction of a second.
It is possible to control the battery charging to extend the lifetime of the built-in battery (stop charging at 80%, start charging below 75%). See Thinkpad battery management.
This Thinkpad will sometimes emit a continuous beep during booting (stops when the OS is loaded). It seems to be related to a disabled SecureBoot.
I installed Linux on two E490 laptops. On one of them, the touchpad and trackpoint were dead in the factory-installed Windows 10 (even after driver updates), but they were working flawlessly in Linux.