CES 2014: Lenovo presents third-generation ThinkPad Carbon X1

Summary:The Carbon X1 is a popular laptop in the ThinkPad line, and the latest generation looks to be more of the same.

Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1
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Most thin and light laptops are smaller devices, typically 12- to 13-inch models. The ThinkPad Carbon X1 extends that to a 14-inch size for road warriors needing a larger display. Lenovo has unveiled the new Carbon X1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Lenovo makes the Carbon X1 thin while maintaining a ruggedized build quality by using carbon fiber instead of magnesium or aluminum. The laptop is only 2.9 pounds, but can withstand a beating on the road.

Like most ThinkPads, the Carbon X1 will be configurable by the user when it goes on sale in late January. Options typically include processor, memory, storage, and display. The latter is available with a touch option and also a high-res display (2560x1440).

ThinkPad Carbon X1 specs

  • Processor: Up to Core i7 (4th generation)

  • OS: Windows 8.1

  • Display: 14-inch (1600x900) TN display 250 nits; 14-inch (2560x1440) IPS display 270/300 nits (touch/non-touch)

  • Memory: Up to 8GB

  • Storage: Up to 512GB

  • Communications: Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11ac; NFC; 4G + LTE WWAN

  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0; 3.5mm combo jack; full-size HDMI; OneLink Docking; mDP; Ethernet

  • Camera: 720p

  • Battery: Up to 9 hours

  • Weight: 2.9lbs

  • Dimensions: Touch: 331x226x18.46mm/13.03x8.9x0.73in; non-touch: 331x226.5x17.7mm/13.03x8.9x0.68in

The new ThinkPad Carbon X1 will be available in late January for a starting price of $1,299. Lenovo also unveiled a docking solution for the Carbon X1 that allows connecting multiple peripherals to the laptop via one cable. It is a powered dock that can utilize Lenovo's rapid charging to provide 80 percent charge in under an hour. This dock is priced at $179. The laptop can use rapid charging without the dock.

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Topics: Mobility, CES, Laptops, Lenovo, Windows


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