The ThinkPad family grows again, and it does so with the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and also with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga that pose renewed bets on their hardware commitment without losing virtues such as that MIL-STD certification that guarantees that they will resist environments in which team endurance is important.
The heritage of the ThinkPads is maintained in many design details – the legendary TrackPoint is still there, of course – and in these new generations of product we still find new features such as new shortcuts to video call functions or improvements in sound and connectivity, which is now reinforced with Wi-Fi 6 network support.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
This 8th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a pure ultra-thin and ultra-light notebook (weighing just 1.09 kg) that is geared towards executives and tech lovers.
The 14-inch screen can be used with different variants, from a FullHD with a maximum brightness of 400 nits to a model with 4K UHD resolution with a maximum brightness of 500 nits and HDR400 certification.
Inside we will find 10th generation Intel Core processors of the U family , and there is an option for Core i7 processors with vPro technology. We can accompany those processors with up to 16 GB of RAM (LPDDR3, yes), and up to 2 TB of SSD.
The battery 51 WHr support fast charging can offer a range of Lenovo as 18.5 hours (probably optimistic figure), and what it can boast this team is its compact design.
In fact it measures 323x218x14.9 mm and weighs those 1.09 kg despite this remarkable commitment to powerful equipment and good connectivity options: two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 interface , two other USB-A ports (USB 3.1 ), 1 HDMI 1.4 port and a headphone port. We will also have support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 networks.
In Lenovo they continue betting on those webcams with the ThinkShutter mechanism to cover it when we do not need it, and the screen also has in one of the variants of the team with the PrivacyGuard technology to avoid prying eyes.
In the row of function keys there are more novelties: a series of shortcuts to video conferencing options on the F9, F10 and F11 keys that allow you to make calls directly from the laptop with the press of a button. The inclusion of speakers with Dolby Atmos sound support also allows you to win integers in the multimedia aspect.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
Compared to the previous model, Lenovo also offers a convertible laptop. The 5th generation X1 Yoga stands out as on previous occasions due to its hinge, which allows the device to be used both in portable mode and in large format tablet mode thanks to those 14 inches diagonal.
It is a somewhat heavier model (1.35 kg) and also somewhat more voluminous (323 x 218 x 15.2 mm) but it maintains the commitment of the pure laptop in almost all hardware options. We have again the screen variants that cover from a Full HD resolution to a 4K UHD resolution, and we also have a webcam with ThinkShutter and a screen variant with PrivacyGuard technology.
The 10th generation Intel Core U series processors bind up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe SSDs, and the identical battery, 51 Whr, with a fast charge that allows charging from 0 to 80% at one hour.
Connectivity is covered with two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports, two USB-A (USB 3.1) ports, HDMI output, and audio minijack. As with the X1 Carbon, we have new function keys with shortcuts to video call functions , something that reflects the popularity of this function, especially due to the confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It also shares the support of Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 networks, which includes it as the X1 Carbon within the Intel Project Athena. The design is even stronger according to Lenovo thanks to the aluminum chassis, but as with its brother, the TrackPoint continues to stand out as an alternative to the touchpad when interacting with Windows 10 Home (there is also an option for Windows 10 Pro), the system pre-installed operating.
Price and availability of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga
The new Lenovo laptops are now available. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a starting price of 1,549 euros , while the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a price that starts from 1,709 euros.
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