Lenovo took the wraps off its updated ThinkPad X1 series notebook, convertible, and tablet. The ThinkPad X1 series is the company’s slimmest and lightest product line for the business market.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th Generation)
This 14-inch executive-friendly business Ultrabook now features the latest 7th generation “Kaby Lake” Intel Core-series processors. The processor upgrade also boosts its 3D performance, thanks to the onboard Intel HD 620 graphics processor.
Now in its 5th generation, the X1 Carbon has a refreshed design. Lenovo says it’s crammed a 14-inch display in a chassis the size of a 13-inch notebook. It’s indeed a bit trimmer at 12.7×8.5×0.6 inches, further enhancing its position as one of the thinnest and lightest 14-inch notebooks on the market.
It’s also dropped a tenth of a pound since its last iteration, barely tipping the scales at 2.49 pounds.
Also new for this generation is a silver exterior color, and not one, but two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support. (Take a look at our feature: USB Type-C: Do You Need It Now?)
The storage options for this generation range up to 1TB, with the upper option being double that of the last generation. The screen choices are the same as before, with an FHD (1,920×1080) panel as standard equipment, and a WQHD (2,560×1,440) resolution as an upgrade. Lenovo rates both screens with a high 300-nit brightness.
Lenovo says the new X1 Carbon can go for up to 15.5 hours on battery, as compared to 11 hours for the outgoing model.
ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Generation)
The X1 Yoga is Lenovo’s premium 14-inch convertible notebook for business, capable of transforming into a tablet courtesy of its 360-degree display hinge and “rise and fall” keyboard design. Our review of the first-generation X1 Yoga should give you a good idea what to expect from this model.
Its major change for this generation is an update to the “Kaby Lake” Intel Core-series processors. Lenovo rates its battery life at up to 16 hours, though the OLED-screened version tops out at 10.5 hours.
The 1440p (2,560×1,440) OLED screen option is one of the most exclusive features on the X1 Yoga. Take a look at our review of the X1 Yoga OLED to get the full scoop on this exciting display technology.
The X1 Yoga’s weight is actually up a little this generation, to 3.13 pounds, though the OLED version shaves that to 2.99 pounds. Its 13.1x9x0.69-inch dimensions are relatively unchanged, as well.
The storage options range up to 1TB like the X1 Carbon, and up to 16GB of memory (RAM). Two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support are now standard.
Another improvement for this generation is the redesigned rechargeable pen.
ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd Generation)
The X1 Tablet’s major upgrade for its second generation is the “Kaby Lake” Intel Core-series processors. This should help its battery life, as Lenovo is now rating it for 10 hours, plus up to an extra five with the extended battery option.
The X1 Tablet and its optional keyboard together weigh 2.35 pounds, the same as the outgoing model. We don’t imagine the relatively minor updates to this tablet will make it all that different from the first-generation; take a look at our ThinkPad X1 Tablet review here. (We’ll reserve final judgment until we get our hands on one to test, obviously.)
A notable upgrade with this generation is the inclusion of a USB Type-C port, plus storage options up to 1TB. The keyboard is also now available in two additional colors, silver and red.
Like the last generation, the X1 Tablet will be available with add-on modules for extra ports, and even a small projector.
Pricing and Availability
The updated 5th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is slated for availability in February 2017, starting at $1,349. The X1 Yoga should be available at the same time, starting at $1,499.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet, on the other hand, will wait until March 2017 to make its commercial debut, when it will start at $949. The keyboard will presumably be an option, like it is for the outgoing model.