Lenovo brings Comet Lake CPUs to X1 Carbon line

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.

Lenovo X1 Carbon with Comet Lake CPU

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.

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that’s a fine cheese cutter you got there. is that the real battery life while playing a movie or browsing continuously, or is it the fake battery life of it being left on all day without being used?

Nic
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Lenovo keeps Intel in every top product..”from $1,479″ with Coming?-Lake and Zen2 oming on mobiles..aww thanks but no.

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Did you say a proprietary ethernet port? That’s ridiculous. Either use a full-size or just include a USB3 dongle in the box.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

That’s SOP for Lenovo’s X1 Carbon family. There’s some sort of Thunderbolt + proprietary dock that uses that proprietary connector for Ethernet.

barich
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The proprietary dongle connects to the onboard Intel ethernet and would theoretically provide better performance than a USB dongle. It’s not like you can’t still use one of those if you want, and the ethernet connector is an extension to one of the TB3 ports which is also used for Lenovo’s dock, so it’s not really wasted space.

Captain Ned
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I see I’m the only one old enough ’round here to remember proprietary 3Com dongles for their PCMCIA Ethernet cards.

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I’d like to apologize for the failure on our part to cancel Comet Lake. We have addressed the issues and will make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Comet Lake didn’t need to be canceled, since it’s got more +’s in it than the grade Ralphie got in his daydream about the “What I Want for Christmas” essay in A Christmas Story.

Sorry for the tortured metaphor, but it’s the best I could do. Hope you saw the movie.

Vhalidictes
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Vhalidictes

Intel needs to finish up buying Nvidia so they gain the needed chip refresh expertise.

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“’Id like to apologize for the failure on our part to cancel Comet Lake. We have addressed the issues and will make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

The directors of the firm hired to cancel Comet :ake after the other people had been sacked for failing to cancel Comet Lake, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked.

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