Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Introduced, a 14” Screen Business Ultrabook


The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook is coming this summer, and let’s just say there’s a lot to look forward to.  The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will, as its name directly suggests, use a premium carbon fiber roll cage and case for a highly durable yet light weight protection and shell.  The X1 will use a 14” screen that has a high resolution 1600 x 900 display with 300-nit brightness.

ThinkPad X1

The X1 will weigh right around 3lbs and be under 0.70” thin, that’s thinner and lighter than many of the 13” Ultrabooks on the market so this is quite a feat for engineers at Lenovo.  This wafer thin machine will still make room for the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor to be packed inside, though it will be a lower voltage variety.

Ports available will include an SD card reader, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, mini-DisplayPort and dual headphone/microphone jack.  The power jack will have a unique rectangle design, sort of like that found on the MacBook, to allow for the extreme thinness.

ThinkPad X1 left side

Left side X1 ports

ThinkPad X1 right side

ThinkPad X1 right side

The keyboard will be the same as that seen in all the other new ThinkPads, using a chiclet style design with 6-rows of keys.  The keyboard will be backlit, making it easy to do work in dimly lit rooms or on a night flight.  There will of course still be a pointing stick and ultranav buttons, Lenovo is saying the keyboard is equivalent in quality and feel to any regular ThinkPad despite the ultra-thin form factor.  You’ll also get a touchpad with integrated buttons and a fingerprint reader.

ThinkPad X1 keyboard

Storage will come in the form of an SSD with either 128GB or 256GB of capacity.  There will be a Rapid Charge feature that allows for the battery to be charged from 0% to 80% capacity in the space of 30-minutes, no word on what the exact quoted battery life will be at this time.  The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available sometime this summer, there is no exact month and date set for the release.  No price has been mentioned yet either, though you can expect it to carry a premium price tag given all of the features available.

ThinkPad X1

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ThinkPad X1 laying flat

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5 Responses to Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Introduced, a 14” Screen Business Ultrabook

  1. Jonathan May 15, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    So let me get this straight: No IPS, not even edge-to-edge glass protecting the screen, and no removable hard drive?

    And the worst thing of all? It doesn’t even open flat! I switched to Thinkpads just because they used to all open flat. (Of course, then I needed the IPS screen on the X220 to actually see the image clearly from that angle.)

    I know I sound like a mad fanboy, but really, I think I just found myself in the market for a used first-gen X1. Or, more likely, those IPS Asus Zenbook Primes.

    Can’t blame Lenovo for jumping on the bandwagon. The keyboard is fine with me, for instance. But they’re doing so at the expense of their loyalists.

    • Andrew Baxter May 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      hey Jonathan, sorry I didn’t mention it but the X1 does actually open flat, I just added an image demonstrating that (bottom). I’m actually not a fan of the Gorilla glass, it adds a ton of glare, worse than a typical glossy screen, which is I think why Lenovo avoided it. The screen is very good with wide viewing angles, I don’t know if it’s IPS, I don’t think it is, but there are high quality TN panels out there and this would be one of them.

      As far as removing the SSD, Lenovo promised it would be as easy to upgrade and access internal parts as any other ThinkPad and it is not completely sealed like a MacBook Air, so you should have some options there.

  2. Jonathan May 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Nice! Then there is hope. Thank you for responding and updating, Andrew.

    Yeah, I’ve come to like edge-to-edge because I just put on a screen protector, and I don’t mind the speckling they add. But you’re right, the anti-glare is a win for the Thinkpad loyalists after all.

    At 14-inches, I’m guessing it’s not IPS, but at least that means we’ll see all 300nits of brightness. It makes the Zenbook Prime that much more tempting, but I value the Trackpoint just as much.

  3. Thor May 20, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Are the pics above of a review unit you have? If so, can you use HWiNFO64 or something to determine the LCD panel being used?

    • Andrew Baxter May 20, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Yeah, they are a review unit in hand. Zaz (he’s an active mod on NBR and Lenovo Forums) will be conducting the full review of the X230 and it is sent to him now so he should be able to take a look next week and report back. I do remember it was an LG panel when looking at device ID stuff.

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