CES 2017 | Lenovo: Updated ThinkPad X1 familiy announced (X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, X1 Tablet)
Lenovo already introduced a huge number of ThinkPads last week. Today shortly before CES starts, they are introducing their top-models of the ThinkPad X1 line.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The center stage in todays announcement is no doubt taken by the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, which was completely redesigned for 2017. Its predecessor was based on the chassis of the X1 Yoga, the new model gets its own design. With the new version, Lenovo has shrunk down the dreaded display-bezels, which also means that the new X1 Carbon is quite a bit smaller than the old version, 10 mm less horizontally and 12 mm less vertically. Lenovo calls this a 13" footprint with a 14" display. The weight is basically the same as the older model.
The same can be said about the displays: Lenovo still offers either FHD (1.920 x 1.080) or 2K (2.560 x 1.440) displays. Both LCDs are based on IPS technology and both are supposed to deliver 300 cd/m² of brightness.
In the connections-area, the X1 Carbon was changed completely: Gone are the proprietary Onelink+ port and the proprietary charging port, as well as mDP. Instead, the new X1 Carbon has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are used to charge the system. Fittingly, Lenovo introduced new USB C / Thunderbolt 3 docking-stations last week. However, these additional ports do not mean that Lenovo replaces all other ports with them: The system still has two USB 3.0 Type A ports, one HDMI port, a mini-SD-cardslot and a proprietary Ethernet-port.
Aside from these changes, Lenovo claims that the battery runtime is much better with the new model, it will last 15.5 hours according to Lenovo. As always, the claims should be taken with a grain of salt, but for its predecessor, Lenovo rated the battery-runtime with 11 hours. The battery capacity of the new X1 Carbon is not known to us so far.
Like with all new ThinkPads, Lenovo uses Kaby-Lake-CPUs in the new X1 Carbon. Also, Lenovo uses the bloatware-free Windows 10 Signature edition preload and the more precise Microsoft Precision touchpad. Last but not least, the new X1 Carbon is now also available in Silver, just like the T470s that was announced last week.
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ThinkPad X1 Yoga
The second generation of the X1 Yoga convertible is very much like the first generation in many aspects, the basic design is mostly the same. The footprint is exactly the same, the same is true for the display-options, which are the same as the X1 Carbon, except for the additional OLED display option. What was redesigned: The keyboard and the palmrest. The new version has a palmrest that is completely flat with a so-called "Wave-keyboard" that actually retracts inside the chassis. The older X1 Yoga had a keyboard where the keyboard frame did rise up and locked the keyboard in place that way (Lift and Lock keyboard).
Apart from that, Lenovo mirrors many changes of the X1 Carbon here: Just like with the X1 Carbon, Lenovo takes full-advantage of Thunderbolt 3, also, the X1 Yoga is going to be available in silver. Kaby Lake CPUs are of course also used in the X1 Yoga, the same is true for the Signature edition Windows and the Precision touchpad. To point out a small change, Lenovo redesigned the integrated Wacom-digitizer-pen, which now has a softer Elastomer-tip.
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The new X1 Tablet, which is the second gen of this device, is a small update of last years model. Kaby Lake CPUs, the Precision touchpad (plus a slightly changed keyboard) and the Signature edition. Thats basically the scope of this update. Different from the other X1 ThinkPads, the X1 Tablet is only available in silver, the keyboard-cover is available in black, silver and red.
Pricing and Availability
The new X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga are going to be available in February, the new X1 Tablet will be available in April. The cheapest of the three is the X1 Tablet, which starts at 999 US-Dollar. The X1 Carbon starts at 1,349 Dollar, the X1 Yoga will be available for purchase starting at 1,499 Dollars.