Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018, 2019) - An overview of all rumours, dates, configurations, and reviews
10.09.2018: Current information about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 added.
Rumours, Dates & Release
Lenovo released the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in 2012 and marked the introduction of the first true “Ultrabook” in the venerable ThinkPad series. Since then, the X1 Carbon has been at the cutting edge of the ThinkPad series’ ultra-portable offerings and is now on its sixth iteration.
Lenovo launched the sixth generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in spring this year, shortly after announcing the device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018.
The timing of the sixth generation’s announcement is typical of X1 Carbon launches too. Lenovo has announced all previous iterations of the device at CES except for the first generation, so it would make sense for the seventh X1 Carbon to be announced at CES 2019 in January next year. Speculatively, we expect to see Lenovo unveil the X1 Carbon 2019 in Las Vegas between January 8-11, 2019.
Concrete rumours about the connectivity of the next X1 Carbon are still scarce. Lenovo will likely equip the device with a choice of Intel’s latest “Whiskey Lake” generation processors, probably either the Core i5-8265U or the Core i7-8565U. Notably, these 15 W CPUs will pick an integrated Wi-Fi module, the first Intel Core processors to do so.
Aside from a probable CPU upgrade, Lenovo could also introduce a new design. Lenovo last redesigned the X1 Carbon in 2017, with the 2018 model being more of an updated X1 Carbon 2017. It could be possible that we see another iteration based on the 2017 design, but Lenovo has until now never relied upon the same X1 Carbon design for more than two years. Hence, it is time for a newly designed X1 Carbon.
Leaks / Rumors
Leak: Lenovo website lists 30th Anniversary Edition of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 leak: Tiger Lake-H, NVIDIA RTX 30 Super Laptop GPUs, FHD webcam, 16:10 4K display, and more make for an impressive spec sheetLeaked ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 specifications indicate quite a massive internal upgrade for Lenovo's multimedia flagship laptop. The specs indicate Intel Tige...
Lenovo might announce ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga in the next weekFresh rumors from China: Lenovo might announce the newest member of its prestigious ThinkPad X1 series in a few days. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga would be a h...
ThinkPad X1 Yoga & X1 Carbon 2021 leak: Renders supposedly show the new ThinkPad flagships with 16:10 screensThrough the Chinese site Baidu, we may have gotten the first pictures and spec-info on the next gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6. Both ap...
Lenovo posts a full product specs reference for the ThinkPad T15g Gen 1 with the possible configurations available on its launchThe anticipated first-gen T15g is currently thought of as the "gamer's ThinkPad", due to the RTX 20-series graphics that, as some leaks have attested, is destin...
Lenovo ThinkPad: X1 Titanium, X1 Nano & ThinkPad X12 leak on Verizon's websiteWe knew before that Lenovo has three upcoming ThinkPad devices this fall: The ThinkPad X1 Titanium, ThinkPad X1 Nano and ThinkPad X12. All three have been leake...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 Reviews
The X1 Carbon 2018 has been reviewed extensively, being one of the most attractive models in the ThinkPad series. We have currently reviewed two variants of the device; the base model with an Intel Core i5-8350U processor and a Full HD display along with the Core i7-8550U and QHD HDR display equipped flagship model.
Historically, the X1 Carbon has had excellent input devices. The sixth generation excels in other ways too, particularly with its robust yet lightweight case and its plentiful ports. The X1 Carbon 2018’s selection of ports is even more impressive too considering that it is a 14-inch notebook.
Moreover, the 2018 edition has numerous displays options including a Full HD touchscreen option and the excellent, albeit gloss, QHD HDR display. The device makes good use of its processors too, while the ample battery life leaves little room for criticism. There are drawbacks though like the awkwardly placed microSD card slot, the absent WWAN ready option and the lack of a full-size RJ45 Ethernet port. We also criticised the Core i7-8550U model for its high temperatures under load and its overzealous fan. By contrast, the Core i5-8350U equipped model has neither of these issues.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 30th Anniversary Laptop review: OLED edition with stamina issues
Intel Core i7-1260P | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 14.00" | 1.2 kg
HP EliteBook 840 G9 laptop review: The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon alternative
Intel Core i7-1280P | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 14.00" | 1.5 kg
Core i7-1265U vs. Core i5-1250P: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 laptop review
Intel Core i7-1265U | Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs | 14.00" | 1.2 kg
For the first time, Lenovo is offering the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with a stronger class of processors than the U series. Our comprehensive review of the Lenovo Thin... Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 Laptop Review: Alder-Lake P28 without great effect
In our first tests, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9 still struggled with performance issues. After several BIOS updates, the performance is now stable, but also lower... Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G9 laptop review: The ePrivacy screen remains problematic
Design & Features – Pictures and Videos
Undoubtedly, the most notable change of the last two X1 Carbon generations compared to previous models has been the dramatically smaller display bezels. The X1 Carbon is currently the most compact 14-inch ThinkPad device that Lenovo sells and weighs 1.13 kg thanks to its use of lightweight and premium materials like magnesium and a carbon fibre plastic composite. The X1 Carbon 2018 is the lightest 14-inch business notebook that we have tested and weighs the same as the smaller 12-inch ThinkPad X280.
Lenovo has particularly focussed on the X1 Carbon’s display options with the release of the sixth generation with previous models typically having disappointingly few display options. The 2018 edition has an impressive 14-inch QHD HDR display that has vivid colours and high maximum brightness, although the panel has a glossy finish. Lenovo also introduced a matte Full HD touchscreen display too.
Model Variants & Pricing
There are two ways for the average consumer to buy a ThinkPad; either directly from Lenovo or one of the many third-party suppliers. Purchasing from Lenovo allows for greater flexibility as you can customise your device, while other suppliers stock just pre-configured devices. Lenovo separates X1 Carbon models by the processors and displays that are used. RAM is also an important consideration though as you cannot subsequently upgrade it; all models have RAM that is soldered to the motherboard.
However, the M.2-2280 SSD is replaceable, as is the Wi-Fi card. Other differences between models include WWAN capabilities, a Windows Hello infrared camera and case colour; the X1 Carbon 2018 comes in either black or silver.
The X1 Carbon 2018 starts at €1,600 and rises to over €2,500 for the Intel Core i7-8650U model with a QHD HDR display, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and WWAN capabilities.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U, Core i5-8350U, Core i7-8550U, Core i7-8650U
- RAM: 8 GB or 16 GB - LPPDDR3 2,133 MHz
- SSD: 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB PCIe M.2-2280 SSD
- Display: 14-inch IPS LCD – Matte options: Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) Full HD touch or QHD (2,560 x 1,440); each 300 – Glossy option: QHD HDR Low Temperature Polysilicon (LTPS)
- OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit) or Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
- Warranty: Three-years standard with on-site service, extendable up to five-years