Lenovo Launches ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7: Thinner, Lighter, Comet Lake Insideby Anton Shilov on August 27, 2019 9:00 AM EST
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Lenovo has officially launched its 7th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook. Originally announced back at CES 2019 earlier this year, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon got itself a thinner and lighter chassis, an improved 4K LCD featuring a 500 nits brightness and HDR support, as well as Intel’s latest 10th Generation Core Comet Lake processors with up to six cores.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 — Lenovo’s new flagship ultraportable laptop that promises to offer the best the company has — comes in a brand new carbon fiber chassis that is 14.95 mm thick (down from 15.95 mm before) and weighs 1.09 kilograms (down from 1.13 kilograms before). The laptop has ultra-thin display bezels that allow to install a 14-inch IPS LCD into 13.3-inch-class chassis. Depending on exact model, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon will come with a Full-HD with ThinkPad Privacy Guard, WQHD, or Ultra-HD display panel. Flagship SKUs with a 4K screen will feature 500 nits brightness and will carry VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 badge.
Apart from the new chassis and new display options, the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 notebooks will get Intel’s latest 10th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 processors codenamed Comet Lake with four or six cores as well as Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. The CPUs will be accompanied by 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory as well as an NVMe SSD featuring capacities of up to 2 TB.
When it comes to connectivity, the 7th Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon is equipped with Intel’s Wi-Fi + Bluetooth adapter (Wi-Fi 6 will be supported on select models), an optional 4G/LTE Cat 9 or Cat 16 modem, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, a GbE with a new dongle, an HDMI 1.4 output and a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets.
Among the significant advances of the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops when compared to its predecessors is an overhauled Dolby Atmos-badged audio subsystem with four speakers and four far-field microphones. As for webcam, Lenovo will offer an IR-equipped 720p camera with the company’s ThinkShutter privacy cover.
Being equipped with a 51 Wh battery, Lenovo’s 7th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon will work for up to 18.5 hours, though the company does not say which of the SKUs will work for that long. In fact, it is likely that battery life of flagship model based on a six-core CPU and featuring an Ultra-HD display will likely work for less time depending on the usage model.
Lenovo will start sales of the 7th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks in the near future. Prices will depend on exact configurations.
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Teckk - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkNice! Always been a huge fan of ThinkPads. Can't complain about thinness if battery life is that good. Any reason why several new laptops, including an XPS I think, are launching on LPDDR3 and does that impact any noticeable battery life and performance ? Or the LPDDR4x was only for Icelake/10nm 🤔
mekpro - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - linkExactly, Intel just support LPDDR4 in Ice Lake.
trivik12 - Friday, August 30, 2019 - linkThat I think is wrong. Comet lake U supports LPDDRx upto 2933mhz as opposed to 3733mhz in icelake.
ikjadoon - Monday, December 2, 2019 - linkThis was widely and wildly misreported, even by Anandtech, though I'm sure Intel didn't want to make it clear.
Comet Lake (look up every single model on ark) supports DDR4 or LPDDR3, just like 4+ year old Skylake.
Only a very select group of commercial Comet Lake CPUs (likely for vPro) launching Q1/Q2 2020 will support LPDDR4.
Besides slight battery savings, LPDDR4 does nothing for the anemic UHD 620 in Comet Lake.
Demi9OD - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - link16GB memory just isn't going to cut it, if you do anything with VMs on a daily basis.
notashill - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkGood news, Lenovo also sells laptops with 128GB RAM.
Eletriarnation - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkRe: LPDDR3, this is because Comet Lake doesn't advertise support for LPDDR4X more than likely.
Also, these are up on Lenovo's website already but so far they only have Whiskey Lake (e.g. 8265U). Hopefully the Comet Lake variants show up soon.
mmrezaie - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkI wish they used the other whatever_lake! And I hope the speakers "this time" are usable. On my 5th gen it is barely audible when I am having any noise on the next office. It is surprisingly weak.
sharath.naik - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkWhen LG gram can squeeze in 72wh battery, there is very little reason x1 should have only 51wh in it. I get it that it gives decent battery life but the target for x1 should have been to have the best possible not good enough for that price point. And why not the 10th gen icelake? Lg Gram is a better choice given it allows expandable memory and dual m2 slots and is lighter.
hanselltc - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkNo Ice Lake chips. Kinda disappointed, having G7 graphics in these will be really nice.