This time around, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has traded out the 8th generation Core processors for Intel's latest 9th generation Core i9 processors. The first-generation laptop was available with hexa-core Core i9 processors at the top-end of the range, and we expect at least hexa-core (and potentially octa-core processors) this time around -- Lenovo isn't specifying at this time what will go inside the machines.
Lenovo is being more forthcoming, however, about the graphics subsystem in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. Lenovo has tossed out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in favor of a new Turing-based GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q. That should make for a nice generational jump in performance.
Other items of note include the doubling of maximum internal SSD storage from 2TB to 4TB. As before, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is available with a with an optional 4K OLED panel along with Dolby Atmos audio. You can read the HotHardware review of the first-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme right here.
Lenovo says that the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be available in July with a starting price of $1,499.
In other ThinkPad news, Lenovo has officially confirmed the new ThinkBook S family of notebooks for the U.S. market. As we previously reported, the notebooks are available in 13-inch and 14-inch display sizes and feature an aluminum-intensive chassis. These notebooks come equipped with 8th generation Intel Whiskey Lake-U processors, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB NVMe PCIe SSDs. The ThinkBook S notebooks each come with Full HD displays, which can be optioned up with AMD Radeon 540X discrete GPUs.
The ThinkBook S 13s and 14s will be available in May with a starting price of $729 and $749 respectively.