Today, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo announced the third generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook and the ThinkPad 8, a premium 8-inch tablet with real PC capabilities. Lenovo also introduces the new ThinkPad OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution through a single cable connector.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon weighs only 2.8 pounds and Lenovo claims “it is virtually indestructible.” The lightest 14-inch Ultrabook in the world has a chassis made from Carbon Fiber, which weighs less than magnesium and aluminum but is stronger than both.
The X1 products have a reputation for solid design and usability, and the new X1 Carbon looks like it follows in these footsteps. The New X1 Carbon features the Adaptive Keyboard, which dynamically adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys. The new ultrabook also integrates voice and gesture control for a more modern user experience.
The updated X1 Carbon also improves the viewing and touch experiences with a new ColorBurst Display with higher resolution and better viewing angles. And for customers who travel frequently, the new X1 Carbon utilizes Rapid Charge technology, providing an 80% charge in under an hour. Add to that up to 9-hour battery life (more than a 70% improvement from the last generation) and optional built-in 4G capability.
For customers needing an improved docking experience on a thin and light device, the new X1 Carbon utilizes the OneLink connector that eliminates cable clutter. This allows users to get power, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual display support through a single cable via ThinkPad OneLink docking solutions.
The new ThinkPad OneLink Pro Dock combines all necessary docking features and functions, including power, through a single cable connection to Lenovo notebooks equipped with an OneLink connector. The ThinkPad OneLink Pro Dock includes multiple USB ports, audio and Ethernet connections and driver-free dual video support through DisplayPort and DVI on selected models. The integrated 90W AC adapter also provides power for the notebook, supports rapid charge and can also charge other devices such as a smartphone.
A premium 8-inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, the ThinkPad 8 can be used in Tablet Mode or connect it to the optional keyboard base, dock or monitor for Desktop Mode. Users can also flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode.
In addition, the ThinkPad 8 allows users to capture photos and videos with the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open with a flip of the Quickshot Cover. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is powered by the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE2 connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro experience.
Lenovo’s new Advanced Exchange warranty upgrade option in the U.S. and Canada provides a replacement tablet the next business day after determining that a customer’s tablet has failed. The customer simply ships back the original tablet in a pre-paid shipping box and keeps the replacement. With the same serial number as the original tablet, the replacement makes it easy for businesses to track and manage leased products.
Pricing and Availability
Models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon start at $1299 and availability will begin late January. The OneLink Dock Pro is available now at $179. ThinkPad 8 convertible tablet configure to order models start at $399 and Topseller models start at $429 and will be available late January.