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IFA 2018 | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme launching with rare GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme will launch with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics (source: Lenovo)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme will launch with GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics (source: Lenovo)
The new 15-inch model will be significantly more powerful than its smaller 14-inch sibling, but it will also be dropping specific features including WQHD HDR and the proprietary Side-Dock. A NumPad will be omitted despite the size increase. Expect the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and its ThinkPad P1 workstation equivalent to retail for close to $2000.

It may not be the rumored 3:2 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, but the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be the first 15-inch entry for the super-thin ThinkPad X1 series. All ThinkPad X1 models prior to this reveal were limited to a 14-inch form factor.

The "Extreme" in ThinkPad X1 Extreme is referring to the internals of the system. Unlike the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 and its 15 W U-class CPUs, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will have 45 W Coffee Lake-H options up to the Core i7-8750H with Nvidia graphics up to the uncommon GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

From a design standpoint, the 15-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme is very similar to the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 down to the ThinkShutter webcam, feel of the keyboard, and layout of the trackpad. A notable change, however, is that the X1 Extreme will not have the proprietary Side-Dock connector along the left edge. Lenovo says they will provide an optional accessory for compatibility with older docking stations since the Side-Dock has been omitted.

Lenovo will also be utilizing the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme chassis for the workstation market as well. Called the ThinkPad P1, the system was announced earlier this month and it will be visually identical to the X1 Extreme but with different internal specifications as described below.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme and ThinkPad P1 will both launch in September for a starting price of $1860 USD. The announcement comes at the same day as the reveal of the Yoga C930 convertible and Yoga S730 laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 ExtremeLenovo ThinkPad P1
CPUIntel Core i5-8300H to Core i7-8750H, vProIntel Core i5-8300H to Core i7-8750H, vPro, Xeon options
GPUGeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q w/ 4 GB GDDR5 VRAMQuadro P1x00 w/ 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Quadro P2x00 Max-Q w/ 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Display1920 x 1080 IPS matte 300 nits
3840 x 2160 IPS touchscreen 400 nits
1920 x 1080 IPS matte 300 nits
3840 x 2160 IPS touchscreen 400 nits
RAM8 GB up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz non ECC8 GB up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz non ECC and ECC options
ConnectivityHDMI 2.0, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, SD readerHDMI 2.0, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, SD reader
Battery80 Wh80 Wh
Storage2x M.2 2280 RAID 0/1 compatible, up to 2 TB2x M.2 2280 RAID 0/1 compatible, up to 4 TB
Dimensions361.8 x 245.7 x 18.4 mm
361.8 x 245.7 x 18.7 mm (touchscreen SKU)
361.8 x 245.7 x 18.4 mm
361.8 x 245.7 x 18.7 mm (touchscreen SKU)
Weight1.7 kg
1.8 kg (touchscreen SKU)
1.7 kg
1.8 kg (touchscreen SKU)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (Source: Lenovo)
Same smooth carbon/glass fiber reinforced plastic and magnesium alloy make up as the 14-inch ThinkPad X1
Same smooth carbon/glass fiber reinforced plastic and magnesium alloy make up as the 14-inch ThinkPad X1
Bezels are not as narrow as on the new Yoga C930
Bezels are not as narrow as on the new Yoga C930
Note that the Side-Dock is now gone. Charging via Thunderbolt 3 is possible
Note that the Side-Dock is now gone. Charging via Thunderbolt 3 is possible
No Power button-enabled fingerprint reader just yet
No Power button-enabled fingerprint reader just yet
Single bar hinge instead of the dual hinges of the 14-inch ThinkPad X1
Single bar hinge instead of the dual hinges of the 14-inch ThinkPad X1
Same keyboard keys. Note that the keyboard continues to be non-removable unlike on the ThinkPad T series
Same keyboard keys. Note that the keyboard continues to be non-removable unlike on the ThinkPad T series
Smooth outer lid surface
Smooth outer lid surface
Removable bottom panel
Removable bottom panel
Annoyingly, there are no USB Type-A ports along the left edge
Annoyingly, there are no USB Type-A ports along the left edge
Kensington Lock
Kensington Lock
Brand new 135 W AC adapter measures just 118 x 77 x 22 mm
Brand new 135 W AC adapter measures just 118 x 77 x 22 mm
Rapid charge is supported up to 80 percent charge
Rapid charge is supported up to 80 percent charge

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-30 (Update: 2019-04-30)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.