With CES 2017 just around the corner, brands have already started taking the blinds off of their new devices. Lenovo has announced three new additions to the ThinkPad X1 series along with the Miix 720.
The three new ThinkPad X1 devices are the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Out of all these four newly announced devices, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the main highlighted device.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with a 14-inch IPS display; it’s smaller as compared to its predecessors and weighs just around 2.5 pounds. You can get up to 15.5 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon also has Thunderbolt 3 which makes the X1 Carbon capable of powering two 4K displays or you can go with a single 5K display using just a single port.
Also, unlike some other Pro devices, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon does provide a microSD card slot along with 2 USB 3.0 ports which are very useful to a professional in any field. You also have a Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A modem which will provide you LTE support using micro SIM.
When it comes to security, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon supports Windows Hello with its fingerprint sensor and an infrared camera for face detection.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga, on the other hand, has a touch screen and some of the Carbon features like Thunderbolt 3 and improved security using the same Windows Hello-compliant IR face detection and fingerprint sensor as that on Carbon.
X1 Yoga’s hinge is where it differentiates; the laptop can bend all the way backward – much like Lenovo’s Yoga series – and turn into a tablet.
You do get a USB Type-C port along with a USB 3.0 Port which is good. There is a 12-inch version of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga as well. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga also comes with a rechargeable ThinkPad Pen Pro and this pen has a soft elastomer which makes the doodling and writing experience smoother.
The keyboard would be able to retract while you use the device in the tablet mode. This makes using the tablet more natural, and the keyboard won’t really interrupt with the experience.
Finally, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a tablet with a detachable keyboard. It comes with a 14-inch OLED display and supports the Adobe RGB color gamut. The Tablet also boasts of its Snapdragon X7 LTE-A connectivity, but there is no Thunderbolt 3 here.
So we have three versions of the new ThinkPad X1 series i.e. the ThinkPad X1 Carbon which is a full fledged laptop, the Yoga which is a Hybrid and the Tablet which is a detachable device.
The ThinkPad X1 family is priced very well. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will start at a price tag of $1,349 while the ThinkPad X1 Yoga will start at $1,499. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet, on the other hand, will start at $949. You will be able to buy these new ThinkPad X1 devices starting February, but the ThinkPad X1 Tablet will arrive in March.