Lenovo waited for the start of CES 2016 to officially present its new ThinkPad X1, consisting of three new models have emerged in some rumors in recent months. ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Tablet and Carbon, while belonging to the same series, adopting different concepts, with different hardware specs and of course various intended use. In this article we will focus on design and technical specifications of each, but we will meet in the next hours to the first hands-on video and information on the new devices.
If we were to summarize the news in a few lines, we would say that the ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a modular design, ThinkPad X1 Yoga is instead the company’s first convertible with OLED display while the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is even thinner and lighter than its predecessors, thus reinforcing the brand in the market ultrabook. But in reality there is much more: Lenovo has invested seven months of research for the creation of new business series, focusing on ergonomics and materials. The frame of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga was designed in laboratories in Yokohama and made a new compound that the company calls “Super Magnesium Carbon” able to get a perfect structure.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is super-thin (16 mm) and light weight (1.2Kg), but especially the first convertible optionally equipped with an OLED display Samsung for very high image quality. Inside the structure, Lenovo has installed a special sensor (intelligent sensing) that recognizes the non-use of the touch screen and backlight, turning them off automatically to prevent accidental touches and saves energy for autonomy. Even the keyboard “Lift and Lock keyboard” portrays the keys when the ThinkPad X1 passes Yoga in tablet mode. It ‘also compatible with Active Pen, dockable.
As for the hardware platform, Lenovo has integrated an Intel Core (up to Core i7) vPro Skylake, with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of space Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD. They have several options for the display, always 14-inch: WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) OLED Touch, Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS touch, WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) IPS matte. In terms of interfaces, however, there are three USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI, WiGig, CAPITAL SAFETY INC +, 2×2 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and optional 4G-LTE. Yoga ThinkPad X1 will be available from January to starting price of $ 1449, OLED versions will arrive in April but the price is not yet known.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a unique design and offers additional features, with optional modules. Some examples? Productivity Module increases the autonomy of the system up to 15 total hours (5 hours more than normal), Presenter / Projector Module integrates a pico-projector and an HDMI port, while 3D Imaging Module provides a camera Intel RealSense. It ‘also equipped with a full-size keyboard with ThinkPad trackpoint, able to recline the screen on three different viewing angles. The combo (tablet + keyboard) weighs about a kilogram (800 grams only tablet) and is thin.
As for hardware equipment, Lenovo has chosen an Intel Core M (up to Core M7) Skylake, with maximum 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The screen 12-inch FHD + 2K (2160 x 1440 pixels) is then accompanied by a camera of 2 megapixel front and a rear 8-megapixel, while connectivity uses a USB-C, a USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, WiGig , 2 x 2 MIMO 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G-LTE. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in February in four colors at the starting price of $ 899, with Productivity Module sold separately at $ 149. Projector Module and 3D Imaging Module will be launched in May, respectively $ 279 and $ 149.
The last is the most famous: ThinkPad X1 Carbon edition in 2016 becomes even thinner (16:45 mm) and lightweight (1.2 kg). It does not change its design, always austere and professional, but is renewed in the technical configuration that now includes Intel Skylake (up to Core i7 vPro), 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and display IPS 14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) or WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). It ‘a shame that still lacks the USB Type-C, but at least in that small thickness Lenovo has added three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, as well as modules WiFi, 4G and Bluetooth of last generation. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available in February at the starting price of $ 1,299.
In the same period of January to February, Lenovo will also launch accessories ThinkPad Series: ThinkPad X1 Wireless Touch Mouse to 69.99 dollars, the ThinkPad X1 In-Ear Headphones at 69.99 dollars, ThinkPad X1 Sleeve $ 50 and ThinkPad 65W Micro Power Adapter for $ 80