CES 2022 | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 & ThinkPad X1 Yoga G7: Better webcams, OLED and improved cooling for Alder Lake P28
On the outside, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (available from Amazon, affiliate-link) and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga do not look alike. This hides the fact that they are twins in reality, since they are based on the same hardware platform. Components like the motherboard, battery and cooling system are identical.
So it is not surprising that the newest models, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, share many of the new features. Lenovo is introducing the 2022 ThinkPad X1 lineup at the CES, and the upcoming models will be updates of the existing designs.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga G7 & X1 Carbon G10: Intel Alder-Lake U15 or P28
Choice - that is a major attribute of the ThinkPad brand. No matter which models are chosen, there are always many different variations. Such choices can be very useful, though they can also be confusing. In the case of the new ThinkPad X1 models, it remains to be seen of the new options will confuse customers or not: Lenovo will offer two different classes of Alder-Lake processors, Alder-Lake U15 and Alder-Lake P28, with up to 14 cores. Supposedly, this will be the six P-cores plus eight E-cores configuration.
To cool these new higher TDP options, Lenovo is working to improve the cooling system. The big change in this area is the keyboard design: X1 Yoga Gen 7 and X1 Carbon Gen 10 feature a new air-intake keyboard that draws cool air in through small holes beneath the keys. Apart from the new processors, the X1 Carbon G10 and X1 Yoga G7 also adopt the newer LPDDR5 standard, which replaces the LPDDR4X memory of the preceding models.
Reverse notch with 1080p webcam, new OLED and 2K screens for X1 Carbon G10
With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its third year, Lenovo is finally responding to customer wishes and implements better quality webcams. To be able to do this, the design is slightly altered, as there now is a reverse notch that houses the new 1080p f/2.0 1.4μm cameras. Lenovo says that especially low-light operation should be improved with the bigger sensor.
Below the webcam are 14 inch 16:10 screen, and while the most popular options of the predecessors remain, Lenovo is reintroducing OLED into the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and for the first time in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga G7 will feature a new 500 cd/m² WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400) OLED panel as the high-end option. This panel will not be orderable on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10. Instead, the classic clamshell is getting a new 2.8k (2,880 x 1,800) OLED option with a brightness of 400 cd/m².
Additional to these new OLED variations, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10 is going to be available with a 2.2k (2,240 x 1,400) IPS screen, and the WQUXGA IPS panel will be optionally orderable as a touchscreen.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 & ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7: Pricing and availability
Both the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2022 and X1 Yoga 2022 will be available in the coming March. The clamshell laptop X1 Carbon G10 starts at $1,639, while the convertible laptop X1 Yoga G7 has a base price of $1,749.
|CPU||12th Gen Intel Core i vPro, Alder-Lake U15 & P28, up to 14 cores||Battery||57 Wh, Rapid Charge|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB LPDDR5 (on board)||Security||Match-on-Chip FPR in Power Button, dTPM 2.0, Nano Kensington Lock Slot|
|Storage||Up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD||Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB A 3.2 Gen1, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 3.5mm Audio|
|GPU||Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics||Input||Full size keyboard, 1.5mm travel, backlit, 110mm Glass Trackpad, TrackPoint w/buttons, Garaged Digitizer Pen (X1 Yoga)|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos Speaker System, Dolby Voice, Quad Array Mics||Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 4G LTE CAT 16, 5G CAT 20, NFC|
14 inch, 16:10 aspect ratio
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10:
ThinkPad X1 Yoga G7:
|Chassis||ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10: 1.12 kg, 315.6 x 222.50 x 15.36 mm, Carbon Fiber Top, Magnesium/Aluminum Bottom|
ThinkPad X1 Yoga G7: 1.38 kg, 314.4 x 222.3 x 15.53 mm, Aluminum Top, Aluminum Bottom