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Lenovo: ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Kaby Lake leaked

Lenovo: ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Kaby Lake leaked (Source: Benchlife)
Lenovo: ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Kaby Lake leaked (Source: Benchlife)
Business laptops (like ThinkPads) are still based on the older Skylake CPUs. Now, the top model of Lenovo´s upcoming Kaby Lake lineup has been leaked, the new X1 Carbon.

The  year 2016 is slowly drawing to a close. That means that pretty soon, we will see a big wave of new business laptops, because Intel has announced previously that their Kaby Lake CPUs with vPro will be released in early 2017. Traditionally, the CES is a fitting place for such announcements.

Only half a month is still in front of us until the CES happens in the very first week of January 2017. Now, one of these high-end business laptops was leaked, the new generation of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Source for this leak is the Chinese website BenchLife.

In the two leaked pictures, several key features of the new model are listed. The new X1 Carbon 2017 follows two essential trends in the high-end laptop market right now: For one, it appears to have very small bezels, a feature also found in the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo´s Yoga 910. Different from those two however, the webcam of the X1 Carbon appears to be at the top of the display.

On the other hand, Lenovo uses two Thunderbolt 3 ports here. Different from Apples approach, however, it seems Lenovo will keep other ports around as well, as you can clearly see a USB type A port in the pictures. This is more similar how HP has done it with its Spectre x360

Apart from that, another significant new feature appears to be a IR (Infrared) camera for Windows Hello. Also, the new model is going to be available in silver as well, a first for the X1 Carbon and no doubt a sacrilege for many die-hard ThinkPad fans. Finally, Lenovo says it will achieve 15,5 hrs of battery life, as always, these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.

No prices or availability dates are known so far for the new X1 Carbon – although its likely not for long, Lenovo is very likely going to announce the device pretty soon.


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Benjamin Herzig, 2016-12-13 (Update: 2019-04-30)