Lenovo makes presents the fifth generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon to be next CES highlight too soon on the website online. The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is smaller than its predecessor but retains the 14-inch display. In addition, there are Lenovo typical again many connections and equipment options.
A number of new ThinkPads Lenovo has officially before the CES 2017 introduced, but underneath is so far no new ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The idea of the Ultrabook flagship Lenovo wanted to probably pick up the show in Las Vegas, now is the notebook but already seen in full on the manufacturer’s website and at the present time still available.
Same size display in less space
The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is smaller than the current model. Instead of 333 × 229 × 16.45 millimeters (W × T × H), it occupies only 323.5 × 217.1 × 15.95 millimeters. In the now 8 percent smaller Ultrabook brings Lenovo but continues to be a 14-inch IPS display under whose edges are visible narrow. The matte display can be ordered at 1,920 × 1,080 (157 ppi) or 2,560 × 1,440 pixels (210 ppi). According to Lenovo, the maximum display brightness is 300 cd / m². In terms of weight, the new model has increased slightly from 1.14 to 1.11 kilograms.
Kaby Lake, large and fast SSDs, Thunderbolt 3
Lenovo is also the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon again equipped with many ports and can be equipped with optional features. The notebook is based on new Kaby-Lake processors from Intel, including as a top model of the Core i7-7600U with vPro, which has not yet been introduced by Intel. This also suggests that Lenovo did not want to show the laptop yet on the website.
The memory can be up to 16 GB, instead of DDR3 now economical LPDDR3-1866 is used. With the SSDs, there are two probably favorable entry models with 128 or 180 GB and SATA connection. On top of that, SSDs from 256 GB to 1 TB and PCIe connection as well as OPAL2 support are located. The 2016 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available with a maximum of 512 GB SSD (PCIe or SATA-III).
The connections are somewhat different than before, but they are still extensive. The new model employs 2 × Thunderbolt 3, 2 × USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, a native RJ45 output for a Lenovo adapter and a microSD slot. In return for the two new Thunderbolt-3 connectors, a socket for USB 3.0 Type A and the OneLink + connector for docks are missing. Docks are only supported by Thunderbolt 3 or WiGig with the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Optional with WiGig from Intel and LTE-A from Qualcomm
WiGig in the 60-GHz band – also called 802.11ad – is an optional feature and is placed on one of the two available WLAN modules. Standard is the Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 with 2 × 2 MIMO and up to 867 Mbit / s in the top. Optionally, the Intel Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265. Both variants also deliver Bluetooth 4.2, NFC is optional. This also applies to the WWAN module from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon-X7 modem provides LTE-Advanced to Cat. 6 with up to 300 Mbit / s in the downstream as well as 50 Mbit / s in the upstream. The Micro SIM card is placed in the rear of the display hinge in the same slot as the memory card.
Carbon-reinforced housing now also in silver
The ThinkPad X1 carbon case is reinforced by Lenovo with four layers of carbon and a magnesium alloy frame. In addition to the world-famous matt black, the new model is also available in silver. However, the new color is limited to the case and cover, the interior panel of the display and the keyboard remain black. When the keyboard says Lenovo, there was no reason for ” the wheel to reinvent “, which is why the well-known by many ThinkPad series standard keyboards is also installed on the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The touchpad is now a Windows Precision model, allowing Microsoft to deliver new features.
Lenovo promises up to 15.5 hours of runtime
The duration of the new generation has clearly increased. Although there are no technical specifications of the battery, Lenovo speaks however of up to 15.5 hours. Lenovo uses for its measurements the Mobile Mark 2014 from Bapco. The 2016 model achieves only 52 hours with a 52-Wh battery. Thunderbolt 3 and the fast-charging function are expected to have reached 80% capacity after a charging time of only one hour, which corresponds to 12 hours of use.
Windows 10 Pro without Bloatware
Lenovo is the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon exclusively with Windows 10 offer Pro in the 64-bit version as “clean” Signature variant. The Signature Edition stands for a Bloatware-free Windows operating system in which the manufacturer does not install any unnecessary or unwanted software beyond the basic functional scope. The webcam of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is suitable for Windows Hello, the same applies to the fingerprint sensor next to the touchpad.
Presumably, Lenovo will present the fifth generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon on January 3 as part of CES 2017. In this case, information about the availability, all equipment options, and the prices, which are not currently available, are to be expected. ComputerBase will update this message accordingly.