MWC 2021 | ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4: Lenovo's new multimedia flagship attacks Dell XPS 15 & 17
When Dell completely redesigned its Dell XPS 15 9500 in 2020, the Dell XPS 17 9700 was released as well. Both adopted the 16:10 format. At the same time, they were supposed to tackle different parts of the market. The smaller XPS 15 9500 offers more mobility, while the XPS 17 9700 has the better performance.
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2018 was brought to the market as a reaction to the original Dell XPS 15. With that in mind, it was not completely out of the question that Lenovo would also release a 17 inch X1 Extreme this year. Now we know: This will not happen. Instead, Lenovo seemingly wants to cover both bases with one product; the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is Lenovo's new multimedia flagship.
Just like Dell, Lenovo decided to change the screen size to 16:10. The 16 inch screen of the X1 Extreme Gen 4 is as wide as the 15.6 inch screen of the X1 Extreme Gen 3 (available from Amazon), but four centimeters longer. The footprint of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme stays almost the same, as Lenovo simply removes most of the screen bezel beneath the display. The new model also receives a resolution upgrade: WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) is now the resolution minimum, 4K-UHD+ (3,840 x 2,400) is the new maximum. The OLED option of the predecessor will not be offered on this model anymore.
To compete with the Dell XPS 15 as well as the Dell XPS 17, Lenovo will offer a huge portfolio of GeForce GPUs - from the Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti to the RTX 3080 Max-Q. Since the step up from the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q of the preceding model is quite large, Lenovo had to massively redesign the cooling system, with more powerful fans, air intakes through the keyboard and a vapor chamber. In this aspect, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4 is a lot like the Dell XPS 17.
Despite of the redesign, Lenovo keeps the USB A ports and the HDMI port around. New are the speakers to the side of the keyboard, the wider touchpad, the fingerprint-reader in the power-button and the black paint, which is supposed to be more fingerprint resistant. As we expected, the key travel of the keyboard is down to 1.5 mm. While the keyboard is decreasing in a way, the battery capacity is increasing, from 80 to 90 Wh. Rounding out the X1 Extreme are Intel Tiger Lake HD45 CPUs, two M.2 2280 slots, two SO-DIMM slots as well as 5G, Wi-Fi 6e and a 1080p webcam.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4: Pricing and availability
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is supposed to be out on the market in August, with a price of €2,100 in EMEA.