Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup is its most popular notebook series. At CES 2017, the company has announced a new high-end upgrade to the lineup with the introduction of Lenovo ThinkPad X1. The X1 family includes the X1 Yoga hybrid, the two-in-one X1 Tablet and the X1 Carbon laptop.
The fifth-generation X1 Carbon has a 14-inch display but the body of a 13-inch laptop. It is available in two options, in terms of display — full HD and WQHD resolutions. There is no typical wide frame or bezel found on the laptop, which is present in other laptops.
Weighting 1.14 kilograms and measuring just 16 mm in thickness, the carbon-fiber-reinforced body is the thinnest and lightest X1 Carbon made. The laptop is powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake processor and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE modem.
Coming to the battery, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon boasts a whopping 15.5 hours of battery life. Further, the device also supports Microsoft’s Precision Trackpad, which the other newer ThinkPads also have. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports for data, USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.
As for the wireless connectivity, the device includes Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 8265, WiGig support Intel Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265 and Qualcomm LTE-A Wireless WAN. The laptop also comes with added security features. There is a fingerprint reader and infrared camera for facial recognition to log in with Windows Hello.
The fingerprint sensor handles all fingerprint images inside the fingerprint processing unit which, as per the company, prevents malicious logon access. It’s also touted as the first business-class notebook to support FIDO-enabled biometric authentication for PayPal.
Along with the X1 Carbon, the company has also announced X1 Yoga and X1 Tablet. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga has retained the OLED display from last year’sand has upgraded the processor to the seventh-generation Intel processors up to Core i7. It also has an improved ThinkPad Pen Pro with a new soft elastomer tip for a more natural feel on glass as well as an improved rise-and-fall keyboard that fully retracts into the body when in tablet mode.
The device also has an IR camera for logging on using Windows Hello facial recognition. Coming to the X1 Tablet, the company didn’t say much about the tablet. However, it has been revealed that it will have an additional five hours of battery life compared to last year’s model.
The whole X1 product family will come with Windows 10 Pro on board, and Lenovo promised there won’t be any trialware or unwanted apps installed on it.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available in February starting at $1,350. It will be available in two colour options — Black and Silver. The X1 Yoga starts at $1,500, while the ThinkPad X1 Tablet starts at $950. Both will be rolled out in March 2017.