CES 2021 | ThinkPad X12 Detachable Tablet utilizes Intel Tiger Lake UP4
In the year 2016, Lenovo released the first ThinkPad X1 Tablet. There was a small update in 2017. In 2018, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 3 came out and it was a huge redesign compared with the original model. Since then though, there has been no new Surface Pro competitor from Lenovo, The X1 Tablet was discontinued in 2019, with no announced successor.
There likely will not be a new ThinkPad X1 Tablet. But it will still get an successor, albeit an indirect one: The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1.
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1: Mixture between X1 Tablet Gen 1 & Gen 3
The first two models of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet were powered by slow Core m CPUs. With the X1 Tablet Gen 3, Lenovo switched to much more powerful quad core CPUs. The new ThinkPad X12 Detachable chooses a compromise between the two different concepts: It does use new Tiger Lake CPUs with four cores, but the energy saving UP4 variations - exactly like the ThinkPad X1 Nano and ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga.
The "middle of the road" approach translates into the screen size, too. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Gen 1 uses a 12.3 inch 3:2 screen, an in-between size compared with the 12 inch screen of the X1 Tablet Gen 1 and the 13 inch screen of the X1 Tablet Gen 3. The screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280, called FHD+ by Lenovo. The screen is supposed to reach 400 cd/m² of brightness.
Same battery capacity as bigger X1 Tablet G3, Thunderbolt 4 & LTE are included in the Lenovo ThinkPad X12
Despite the smaller chassis compared with the X1 Tablet Gen 3, Lenovo manages to put in a battery with the identical capacity of 42 Wh. The weight of the magnesium chassis sits at 760 g and 1.1 kg combined with the keyboard-cover. The backlit keyboard of course includes the ThinkPad TrackPoint and also a fingerprint-reader. It is connected to the tablet via a magnetic pogo-pin connection, typical for a Surface Pro clone.
Among the additional ports, there are two USB C ports, one of which supports Thunderbolt 4. Different from the premium series ThinkPad X1, the ThinkPad X12 will not support 5G. Buyers have to cope with the optional 4G-LTE option. Buying the ThinkPad X12 also means living with a maximum of 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM and a 1 TB SSD - though the SSD should be a removable M.2 2242 one. New compared with the X1 Tablet Gen 3 is the ThinkShutter, a privacy shutter for the five megapixel webcam.
Pricing & availability: ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Tablet is supposed to be available in Januar 2021, with a base-price of $1,149.