Lenovo unveils trio of droolworthy ThinkPads, including a modular tablet
LAS VEGAS — Over the years, Lenovo's transformed the ThinkPad series of laptops from bulky to svelte machines that you'd actually be proud of using in public.
At this year's CES, the company unveiled the next generation of ThinkPad devices and we have to admit, they look pretty darn hot.
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
Thanks to Microsoft's success with its Surface Pro 3/4, other computer companies now have the confidence to follow suit with their own versions of a tablet/laptop hybrid.
The core tablet comes with a 12-inch display with 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, sixth-gen Intel Core m7 vPro processor, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCie NVMe solid-state storage and measures a razor thin 0.33-inches thick.
The X1 Tablet differentiates from the rest with its modular add-ons. There are three modules: a productivity module ($149) that adds up to five additional hours of battery life and an additional HDMI and onelink+ port, a presenter module ($279) that houses a projector capable of a 60-inch projection from 6-and-a-half feet away, and a 3D imaging module ($149) that includes an Intel RealSense 3D camera to aid graphic designers and creatives who want to 3D print objects.
And since this is a ThinkPad we're talking about here, the keyboard is matching with the mouse click buttons above the trackpad and the red TrackPoint mouse nub.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in February starting at $899.
ThinkPad X1 Yoga
The X1 Yoga is what happens when Lenovo's convertible Yoga laptops hook up with a ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
The 14-inch laptop is the first convertible to have an OLED display, which allows for incredibly wide viewing angles, accurate colors and deep blacks. The touchscreen, which is configurable in 1,920 x 1,080 or 2,560 x 1,440 resolution can be bent a full 360-degrees backwards into tablet mode.
Powering the X1 Yoga is a sixth-gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe solid-state storage and Intel Graphics HD520.
On the left and right side, you'll find all the requisite ports to get work done: three USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet jack, MiniDP, HDMI port, microSD card slot and headphone jack. An optional Stylus Pen (sold separately) is also supported on the touchscreen.
The X1 Yoga will be available this month starting at $1,449.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Thinner and lighter than the previous model, the X1 Carbon weighs only 2.26 pounds and measures 0.65-inches thick. The 14-inch display comes in your choice of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution or the sharper 2,560 x 1,440 resolution — both at 300 nits of brightness.
For a business laptop, its specs are surprisingly not lousy and similar to the X1 Yoga: sixth-gen Intel Core i7 vPro processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of PCie NVMe solid-state storage and Intel HD Graphics HD520.
The ports are the same, too: three USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet jack, MiniDP, HDMI port, microSD card slot and headphone jack.
As with all of the latest laptops, the X1 Carbon runs Windows 10 Pro. Lenovo says battery life is up to 11 hours.
The X1 Carbon will be available in February starting at $1,299.