Lenovo Refreshes the Thikpad X1 with Bigger Screens and Faster Chips
Lenovo’s ThinkPad branding is turning 25 this year and the new device comes with a slew of upgrades including a faster processor, bigger screens and yet lighter body with thinner borders. The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptopstarts at $1,349, ThinkPad X1 Tablet at $949 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2-in-1 at $1,499. All the devices ate thinner with much longer battery life, thanks to more efficient processors.
Intel 7th Generation Processor Powered
Many of the improvements that you can see on the new ThinkPad lineup, and even the Yoga are because of the new Intel’s 7th Generation processors. The new Kaby Lake processors include a better GPU that now supports 4K video processing. Additionally, the ThinkPad X1 devices will also have Qualcomm LTE-Advanced modems that one can typically find in smartphones. Lenovo believes that such ultra portable computers should have LTE connectivity since Wi-Fi may not always be available.
ThinkPad X1 Yoga will have an option to select Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, with 4K video rendering support. The 2-in-1 also has a Thunderbolt 3 port and an HDMI port to connect external 4K displays.
Lenovo has managed to fit bigger screens in smaller chassis. For example, the 14 inch device now has a similar form factor to that of a 13.3 inch device. Obviously, it is not as small as the Dell XPS 13. But still, it is impressive to see how Lenovo has shrunk their devices while increasing screen real estate. Lenovo has made the bezels thinner, but still incorporates the camera at the top of the screen.
The X1 Carbon is lighter than before. It weighs only 1.14 kilograms and also has a longer battery life of 15 hours. Users can configure the laptop with up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM. The screen options include 1920×1080 or 2560 x 1440-pixel screen. A 4K screen option isn’t available.
There are two USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 ports but no USB Type-C port.