CES 2015 | Lenovo unveils updated Carbon X1 ultrabook, ThinkPad Stack accessories
Alongside new members in the ThinkPad E, L, and T series, Lenovo also unveiled an updated version of its Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook. The main change with the new version is the jump from a Haswell CPU to Broadwell, the latest generation of Core i processors from Intel. Aside from a bump in raw performance, the new CPU architecture also comes with lower power requirements, thus improving battery life without the need for a bigger battery. Other new features include three new trackback buttons, as well as a different keyboard layout. Lenovo says that the ThinkPad X Carbon is, at 2.8 lbs, one of the lightest 14-inch Ultrabooks in the world.
Like its predecessor, the Broadwell-based Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with three display options, ranging from a FullHD (1920 by 1080 pixels) panel to a WQHD+ (2560 by 1440 pixels) with touch-enabled controls. Customers can configure up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage space. The updated Carbon X1 will be available starting at $1250 when the ultrabook launches in the United States this month.
Moving past the updated X1 Carbon, Lenovo announced a new and very interesting accessory range called the ThinkPad Stack. The Lenovo stacks are rectangular modules that act as external accessories for any notebook. All of the modules have the same length and width, allowing them to be stacked together (hence the name of the Lenovo ThinkPad Stack). The modules allow data to pass through using pogo pins. Lenovo announced several modules, such as a 1TB external hard drive, Bluetooth speakers, a wireless access point, and a 10,000mAh external battery. The Lenovo Stack accessories will be made available for purchase this April, at prices that vary depending on the module.