Lenovo intros high-PPI ThinkPad X1 Carbon, new convertibles


— 11:41 AM on January 6, 2014

Those nifty 4K monitors aren't the only new products Lenovo is showing at CES this year. The company has also let loose a plethora of mobile systems, from high-end, high-PPI ultrabooks to more affordable convertibles.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is perhaps the snazziest of the bunch. It's built out of carbon fiber, weighs just 2.9 lbs, and has a 14" panel with a choice of 1600x900 and 2560x1440 resolutions. The latter works out to around 210 pixels per inch, in case you're wondering—and you can get it with optional touch input.

According to Lenovo, the X1 Carbon is configurable with Haswell-based Core i7 processors, up to 512GB of solid-state storage, and optional 4G wireless connectivity. Lenovo quotes a maximum battery life of nine hours, which ought to be more than enough to get you through the day. Oh, and the company says the system is either 0.68" or 0.73" thick, depending on the model. Availability is scheduled for late January.

At the other end of the pricing spectrum, Lenovo has unveiled 10" and 11" versions of its Miix 2 tablet. (The 8" model came out in November.) Both additions have 1920x1200 screens and, from the looks of it, bundled keyboard docks. The 10" model packs a quad-core Atom processor, while its 11" sibling has a Haswell chip (up to a Core i5) as well as room for more RAM and more solid-state storage. Starting prices: $499 for the 10" Miix 2 and $699 for the 11" version. Lenovo plans to have these out in March and April, respectively.

Need something in between the Miix 2 and the X1 Carbon? Then Lenovo has you covered with its latest 11" and 13" Yoga 2 notebooks. (These have the trademark Yoga hinge that swings all the way back.) The 11.6" model is pretty affordable, at just $529, and it's pretty thin and light, too, at only 0.67" and 2.9 lbs. Lenovo outfits it with a "quad-core Intel Pentium processor," which I assume is Bay Trail-based, as well as a six-hour battery and a mechanical hard drive. Too bad the display resolution is only 1366x768.

The 13" Yoga 2 has a higher-res screen and faster guts. Starting at $999, this model delivers a 1080p display resolution, up to a Core i5 Haswell CPU, optional SSHD storage, and up to eight hours of battery life. Lenovo expects to have it out in February, one month later than the 11" variant.

You'll notice that there's a distinct dearth of AMD processors among Lenovo's CES lineup. From what I can tell, the only AMD-based additions to the company's mobile product line are the Flex 14D and 15D, bulky convertibles with 1366x768 displays. I guess we'll have to keep our eyes peeled for thinner, lighter configs based on AMD's Kabini and Temash chips—or, eventually, Beema and Mullins.

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