The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is here and it is time of Lenovo’s latest and greatest products to be unveiled. The first of Lenovo’s announcement is geared toward the customers they call “forward thinkers” or rather the professionals. The new ThinkPad X1 lineup includes a tablet, a Yoga laptop, and a Carbon laptop; plus a ThinkCentre all-in-one. These new ThinkPad flagship devices are powered by the latest and greatest, plus Lenovo is touting the modular capabilities of the ThinkPad X1 tablet.The ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a few firsts in terms of the tablet area, for starters it has several modules which add functionality. Thus allowing the customer to choose what they need to get the most out of the device. The X1 Tablet will be landing in just around a month in February 2016 and should start around $899. The X1 Tablet itself, before all the modules, is the first Windows tablet to have LTE advanced support and has a removable rear panel for easy upgrades or service.
You can pair the X1 with a Productivity module that provides you with 15 extra hours of battery and several ports. A Presenter module has a picoProjector and an HDMI port, while the 3D Imaging Module puts a rear-facing Intel RealSense camera on the device. With all the different modules, Lenovo is allowing you to customize the device for what you need to do with it. The Productivity module comes in at $149, the Projector module will cost $279, and the 3D imaging module will be $149.
On top of these unique optional modules, the ThinkPad keyboard with the TrackPoint will give you the traditional and expected great typing experience Lenovo is known for. When put together the keyboard and tablet weigh in at just 2.4 pounds, making it an ultra light experience. It is powered by up to a Intel 6th Generation Core m7 vPro with up to 1TB of storage, plus you get an 12-inch Full HD 2K display. The X1 Tablet seems like a very unique device, that will certainly be competing against the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro, it seems Lenovo has an edge up with these module components.
Lenovo is not just putting out one product for the X1 portfolio, next up we have the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. When the Carbon first came out, I loved it and I felt the same way with the successors. It is still the worlds lightest 14-inch business ultrabook going at just 2.6-pounds and 16.45 millimeters thick. The X1 Carbon will be landing in February and will start at $1299.
While it is thinner and lighter, it will still give you around 11 hours of battery life and packs powerful performance. With up to 16GBs of RAM, up to 1TB NVMe PCIe SSDs, and being powered by up to an Intel 6th Generation Core i7 vPro. You will not a slow down in performance, if anything it will be a speed up. You can get the X1 Carbon with LTE-AWWAN connectivity and an optional WiGig docking. It has plenty of ports, is running Windows 10 Pro, and has either a 14-inch Full HD or WQHD display.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the worlds first convertible with an OLED display, it truly provides an immersive viewing experience. You get a 14-inch WQHD touch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 in the base variant, but you can upgrade too an OLED, Full HD, WQHD with touch. You can get up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, and up to an Intel 6th Generation Core i7 vPro with Intel HD Graphics.
You get laptop, tent, stand, and tablet mode on the X1, plus since these modes let the device go anywhere, you deserve to stay connected anywhere. This is the first YOGA to have an optional built-in WWAN card for enhanced connectivity. Even better you still get Lenovo’s lift and lock keyboard for when using the different modes. You get a stylus pen you get another way to use the device and can write on the screen for applications. Even better it is housed and charged inside the X1 Yoga, this way it won’t get lost.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga can be yours very soon, as it is landing in January starting at $1449, but if you want that sweet OLED display model you will have to wait till April 2016.
While Lenovo doesn’t have any more portable devices, they do have several accessories designed to enhance the experiences of the X1 Tablet, Yoga, and Carbon. They are also releasing the ThinkPad X1 Wireless Touch Mouse, In-Ear Headphones, X1 Sleeve, and 65W Micro Adapter. The last of these seems pretty sweet and is ideal if you are traveling with the X1 Carbon or Yoga as it is 58% smaller than the traditional charger. The Touch Mouse will go for $69.99 and the In-Ear Headphones will cost $69.99, both land in January. While the Sleeve will cost $50 and is coming February, while the Power Adapter comes later in 2016 for $80.
Lastly, we have what Lenovo calls “the desk space of tomorrow”, introducing the ThinkCentre X1 AIO. This desktop will be landing in March and will start at $1029. This is a very thin all-in-one, coming in at the thickness of a smartphone or of a very thin notebook. It has an ultra and shockingly thin 11 millimeter chassis. It is powered by up to Core i7 vPro CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage. It has an anti-glare 23.8-inch IPS Full HD display with a 1920 X 1080 display.
If you want to pair this desktop with a second monitor, the ThinkVision X1 is the world’s first monitor to have a TUV Eye-Comfort certification and has a 27-inch edge-to-edge anti-glare display. It is just 7.5 millimeter thick and has many connectivity options like a USB type C port. This monitor will be available in March for $799.
Overall, Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 portfolio shows innovation in many forms. I think the new modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet brings the most innovation with a unique modular design that truly lets the customers customize the device to his or her needs. I am very excited to check out the new X1 Tablet, X1 Yoga, X1 Carbon, the accessories, the ThinkCentre X1 AIO, and the new ThinkVision X1 monitor. Stay tuned for full reviews on these in the coming weeks!
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