Lenovo Brings Sexy Back With Thinner ThinkPad X1 Carbon And X1 Yoga Convertible With WQHD OLED Display

Lenovo is reTHINKing its product lineup for 2016 and from the looks of things, elite business users are going to be in for a real treat with a whole family of devices ranging from tablets to ultra-portables to thin desktop clients.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has always been one of our favorite ultraportable laptops, and today it just got a little bit more desirable. Lenovo bills the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the “world’s lightest 14-inch business ultrabook,” and we’re not going to argue with its avowal. The ultrabook is now both thinner and lighter, coming at just 0.65mm thick and weighing in at a respectable 2.6 pounds.

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There’s upgraded hardware under the hood as well, including up to a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor with vPro and up to 16GB of memory. The storage subsystem has also gotten a boost, as you can now configure the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. An Intel Graphics HD520 handles graphics duties, and you’ll be able to choose from a 1920x1080 IPS panel or a more spacious 2560x1440 IPS panel (both have brightness ratings of 300nits).

Other features include a 52WHr battery (good for up to 11 hours of runtime), three USB 3.0 ports, OneLink+, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, microSD, optional LTE-A connectivity and optional WiGig docking.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available next month with a starting price of $1,299.

But as impressive as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultraportable is, we’ve really got our eyes on the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga. Like the other Yogas in Lenovo’s consumer-centric product lines, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can function in Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet modes.

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But all of that new tech is to be expected in a refresh like this we suppose. What’s really impressive is that the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can be equipped with an optional 14-inch 2560x1440 display. But this isn’t just any WQHD display; this is a gorgeous OLED unit — the first ever in a convertible. Lenovo is touting inky blacks and richer colors with the display, and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in person. If OLED displays aren’t exactly to your liking, you can also choose from FHD and WQHD IPS panels as well.

The 2.8-pound ThinkPad X1 Yoga comes with a Stylus Pen to facilitate handwriting, drawing and navigation on the display screen. Unlike other competing convertibles or tablets, this particular Stylus Pen actually docks inside the device and charges while docked. Speaking of charging, Lenovo says that a 5-second charge of the Stylus Pen is good enough for over an hour and a half of usage.

As for the rest of the convertible’s specs, they largely mirror that of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. However, you will be faced with a higher entry point when it comes to pricing — the ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be priced from $1,449 when it launches later this month.

Lenovo also managed to sneak in a new ThinkPad X1 Tablet which is available a number of modules that enhance its functionality. The base tablet features a Core m7 processor, up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory, and a 12-inch 2160x1440 display. You’ll also find a USB 3.0 port, USB-C port, microSD and mini DisplayPort.

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But the fun really starts when you add additional modules. The $149 Productivity Modules adds in an additional 5 hours of battery life, an HDMI port and a OneLink+ port. The $279 Presenter Module features a built in projector (up to a 60-inch display) and an HDMI port. A $149 3D Imaging Module captures objects for 3D printing and graphics design.

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet ships next month for $899.

Adding to the slim and sleek Think product family is the ThinkCentre X1. The all-in-one features an aluminum chassis that is just 11mm thick and a 23.8-inch FHD IPS display. Like the previous

ly mentioned members of the X1 family, the ThinkCentre X1 can be configured with up to a Core i7 with vPro, 16GB of memory and includes Intel Graphics 520. Storage options aren’t all that attractive, as you’ll be able to select from a 500GB HDD, 1TB SSHD or a 512GB SSD.

The ThinkCentre X1 is priced from $1,029 and will ship in March.


Rounding out the new X1 family is the ThinkVision X1. This 27-inch monitor features a 3840x2160 IPS display with 178-degree viewing angles. Brightness is rated at 300 nits, while contrast ratio and responses times come in at 1300:1 and 6ms respectively. Ports are plentiful, as you’ll find USB 3.1 Type C, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0. There’s also a built-in, four-port USB 3.0 hub. Other features include a built-in Full HD camera with a dual-array mic and LED flash.

The ThinkVision X1 is priced at $799 and will ship in March.