Lenovo announced this week plans to update its well-regarded line of Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptops, with some notable spec bumps along the way. Most notably, the X1 Carbon will now feature Intel’s 10th-gen Comet Lake CPU.
The update to 10th-gen Comet Lake chips offers better performance and slightly improved battery life. On the performance side, Intel is claiming a 16% bump over last year’s X1 Carbon models and a 41% improvement on productivity tasks like running Office 365. The 51WHr battery offers a slight improvement from 18.3 to 18.5 hours on the Full HD model. In other words, those performance boosts won’t keep you from making it through a full workday on this update.
You can select from 8 or 16GB of LPDDR3 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe storage. The wireless radio brings Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support.
Along with the performance comes more of those sweet, sweet pixels. Last year’s model didn’t quite make it to 4K, and Lenovo has seen fit to remedy that this year. In addition to Ultra HD (3840×2160) screens, the line will offer Full HD (1920×1080) and WQHD (2560×1440) as well. The 14-inch display on the 1080p variant puts out 400 nits of brightness, while the 4K screen can peak at 500 nits for HDR. If you like poking your computer, the touch version tops out at 300 nits.
The whole thing still measures in at the same 12.7-inch wide, 8.5-inch deep, and 0.59-inch thick dimensions as previous models.
A full suite of ports
Also in the 0.59-inch-thick ultrabook are two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, and a 3.5-mm audio jack. There’s a proprietary Ethernet port, for which a dongle is included. On the audiovisual front, there’s a 720p webcam (with privacy shutter) and support for Dolby Atmos audio.
The Comet Lake chips will also appear in the X1 ThinkPad Yoga. The Comet Lake-powered X1 Carbon laptops will go on sale in September, starting at $1,479, while the X1 Yoga will start at $1,609 on Lenovo’s website.