CES is the traditional time at which Lenovo resets a significant portion of its portfolio, and that’s the case again this year. The ThinkPad X1 series is one of the most popular, so we pay particular attention to it, and this update is worth a look.
First, Lenovo is upgrading upcoming ThinkPad X1 laptops to Intel’s new 12th generation “Alder Lake” Core processors (and chipsets) for mobile. We’ve previously talked about the Alder Lake architecture and reviewed the desktop CPUs.
Some Intel Gen 12 mobile CPUs were just launched at CES and will carry all the advantages induced by Intel’s latest architecture, including performance, but more importantly, power efficiency. That means potentially much better battery life, and we expect reviews to demonstrate it later this year.
The X1 Carbon 10th Gen, X1 Yoga 7th Gen and X1 Nano 2nd Gen are all getting new Intel processors, which is pretty exciting since they showed outstanding performance in 2021. If you’re not familiar with these excellent designs, read our ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Gen review, X1 Yoga 6th Gen review, and X1 nano 1st Gen review.
These new X1 laptops will feature Intel’s Core P-Series and U-Series, which are lower-power processors than the H-Series fully launched at CES 2022.
CPU aside, another aspect of the system update is the arrival of DDR5 high-performance memory and PCIe Gen 4. Both can bring substantial performance to memory and storage workloads.
Looking at the technical specifications, I like the 3K and 4K OLED display options. Many IPS LCDs are excellent, but when it comes to entertainment image quality, OLED is almost always the best option.
At the top of the display, Lenovo uses a new camera module with a higher-performance camera sensor. The 1.4-micron sensor pixel size is exciting as it might bring smartphone selfie quality to the laptop market. Lenovo had committed to having better video communications, and this is happening.
Talking about the camera, Lenovo’s ThinkShield security platform includes a Human Presence Detection that can spot if you’ve left to lock the laptop. Also, you can be alerted if someone peeks at your screen from behind. It is also intelligent enough to dim the screen if you’re looking away to save energy.
There are 4G CAT16 or 5G Sub-6 connectivity options for the road warriors. If you use a portable WiFi hotspot, I’d recommend having integrated communications because they tend to work a lot better, and you won’t have to manage, carry and charge your hotspot.
We’re looking forward to experiencing these next-gen ThinkPad X1s in the real world. According to Lenovo, the new X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga will arrive around March with starting prices of $1639 and $1749, respectively. The new X1 Nano is expected to ship in April at a $1659 starting price.
|X1 Carbon 10th Gen||X1 Yoga 7th Gen||X1 Nano 2nd Gen|
|Performance||Processors||Latest Intel 12th Gen Core with Intel vPro options including U15 and P28 processors||Latest Intel 12th Gen Core with Intel vPro options including P28 processors|
|OS||Up to Windows 11 Pro|
|Memory||Up to 32GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||Up to 2TB Gen 4 Performance PCIe NVMe SSD||Up to 1TB Gen 4 PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Graphics Options||Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics|
|Display||14-inch Narrow Bezel, up to WQUXGA, 500nit, Touch AOFT option, and 2.8K OLED option||14-inch Narrow Bezel, up to WQUXGA 4K OLED, 500nit, AOFT Touch option||13-inch Narrow Bezel, up to 2K, 450nit, AOFT Touch option|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos Speaker System with Dolby Voice and quad-array 360-degree Microphones|
|Camera||Up to FHD+IR MIPI Computer Vision camera with shutter|
|Battery||57 Whr||49.6 Whr|
|Physical||Match-on-Chip Power-on Fingerprint Reader (X1 Carbon & X1 Yoga)
Fingerprint Reader (X1 Nano)
Kensington™ lock slot (X1 Carbon & X1 Yoga)
Tile App Ready
|Connectivity||Ports||2 x Thunderbolt 4|
|2 x USB-A 3.2|
|1 x HDMI 2.0b|
|1 x 3.5mm audio jack|
|Wireless||WLAN Wi-Fi 6E 802.11 AX (2×2)|
|5G sub-6 (CAT20), 4G LTE (CAT16), 4G LTE (CAT4) for PRC (X1 Carbon & X1 Nano)
eSIM and Nano SIM
(W x D x H)
|315.6 x 222.5 x 14.95mm
12.42 x 8.76 x 0.59in
|314.4 x 222.3 x 15.53mm
12.38 x 8.75 x 0.61in
|From 293.2 x 208 x 14.47mm
11.5 x 8.19 x 0.58in