CES 2017: Lenovo Announces new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2017 - 03:01 AM |
Tagged: x1 carbon, wigig, thunderbolt 3, Thinkpad, notebook, LTE-A, Lenovo, laptop, ips, CES 2017, CES, 14 inch

Lenovo's 2017 version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is “the lightest 14-inch business notebook” on the market at 2.5 lbs, and fits its 14-inch IPS display into a compact 13-inch laptop form-factor.

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"Featuring a carbon-fiber reinforced chassis, the X1 Carbon is as durable as its predecessor, and features a smaller footprint—making it the lightest, thinnest X1 Carbon. Yet it’s power-packed with: Windows 10 Pro, 7th generation Intel Core processors, lightning-fast Thunderbolt 3, and a 14” Quad-HD display. All that—plus our legendary ThinkPad heritage and support."

Lenovo still left room in the slim chassis for plenty of battery capacity, as they claim “more than 15 hours of battery life” from this new X1 Carbon, which is available in both the traditional “ThinkPad Black” and a new metallic silver color. Another new addition to the X1 Carbon is Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, with wireless options including LTE-A and WiGig.

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Specifications from Lenovo:

  • Display
    • 14” WQHD IPS (2560 x 1440) 300 nits
    • 14” FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
  • Processor: Up to Intel Core 7th gen
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Memory: Up to 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
  • Storage
    • 128GB SSD SATA
    • 180GB SSD Intel® SATA
    • 256GB SSD Intel® PCIe TLC OPAL2 256GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
    • 512GB SSD Intel® PCIe TLC OPAL2
    • 512GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
  • Connectivity
    • I/O Ports
      • 2 x Intel® ThunderboltTM 3, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI,
      • native RJ45, microSD, microSIM
    • WLAN
      • Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265
      • 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
    • WWAN
      • Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7430
      • Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7455
    • WiGig
      • Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265 (WiGig +
      • WiFi 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
    • NFC option
    • LTE-A (4G)
  • Security
    • dTPM 2.0 Display
    • Touch fingerprint reader option
    • Windows Hello
  • Audio: Dolby Audio Premium
  • Webcam: HD 720p, IR camera option
  • Battery: Up to 15.5 hours
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 mm / 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: Starting at 2.49 lbs / 1.12 kg
  • Colors: Black, Silver

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As to pricing and availability, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will start at $1,349, and will available in February.

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Source: Lenovo

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January 3, 2017 | 04:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow, I thought Carbons didn't get RJ45. You're alright, Lenovo.

January 3, 2017 | 07:54 AM - Posted by Baldrick's Trousers (not verified)

We use Lenovo laptops where I work. Mostly the T series which are decent and reasonably compact machines. But I have seen the previous X1 Carbon in the flesh (a visitor, I think) and it is a SWEET machine.

That new X1 Carbon, being even smaller and using a similar thin bezel to the Dell XPS 13 makes it even better than before. I think the new X1 might be my new Ultrabook to aspire to given that I prefer the X1's all black styling to Dell's silver/black combo.

Now I just need the disposable pennies to get one.

January 3, 2017 | 09:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why couldn't they fit a full sized SD card slot on any of their 2017 laptops????

January 3, 2017 | 10:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Windows 10 pro, is not a Pro OS, at least not compared to the windows 7, 8.1 Pro versions. Maybe Lenovo can offer its small business customers a version with that single user windows 10 enterprise subscription option and let the customer purchase in advance a laptop with 1-3 years of that single user windows 10 enterprise subscription at around $8.00 a month. And Lenovo can make sure the build has all of that spyware/adware/bloatware turned off like the enterprise version allows! Because windows 10 Pro is not ready for business with all the business features removerd from the "Pro" version of windows 10 and all that spyware/adware baked into the OS that can not be turned off or disabled.

That includes any update forcing or rebooting the laptop without the user able to decide! A business user is not going to want their laptop to reboot in the middle of a persentation and such other business from their laptop's OS!

January 3, 2017 | 12:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why so much focus on being thin? What is the advantage? It seems to only bring price up while convenience of connectivity down, no ethernet, with added fear for reliability - how something so thin not have electrical/heat issues. I like having a thick bulky design. I have no issues carrying around my ideapad G570 (with screen about to fall off due to famous hinges issue so I am looking for replacement). It leaves room for performance without extra compromises and I still like the design.

January 3, 2017 | 02:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"What is the advantage?"
It takes less space in a dump ;-)

March 18, 2017 | 11:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey, isn't the RJ45 port listed an Ethernet port?

January 3, 2017 | 12:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They have just updated existing products and let me explain why this is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Because North Carolina's designers were polling the most loyal ThinkPad users and prosumers and discovered a huge XX'000 thousands demand for Classic ThinkPad with classic keyboard and very importantly more vertical space, 16:10 or 3:2 ratio screen. Stupid. How disappointing is to see again, after another year, all those 16:9 narrow screens... For whom are those laptops - for fat brainless video watchers? Who is going to provide professional laptops? Luckily there 16:10 and 3:2 screens now from Samsung (only 12.1" version), from Microsoft, from Asus and from Panasonic, but no 14" or 15" 16:10 or 3:2 screen yet.

January 5, 2017 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Ev (not verified)

I'm so in love with the X1 Carbon - especially the small size & thin bezels - but if I buy a new laptop it'll probably be the X1 Yoga (on the condition that the battery life is up to par, that is). I'd really appreciate being able to flip my laptop around into a tablet when I travel & just want to read or stream video, and not carrying a laptop AND a tablet at the same time would be a welcome change!

Would definitely have liked more vertical space, though - I much prefer 16:10 or even 3:2 to 16:9.

January 19, 2017 | 04:29 AM - Posted by lenovoservice (not verified)


Thanks for providing the Lenovo article. Nice and excellent post.

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