CES 2021: Lenovo Launches 3 New ThinkPad X1 Laptops

Lenovo is also debuting a new detachable ThinkPad X1 tablet in connection with the CES 2021 digital conference.

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While CES is going all-digital this week, that’s not stopping major PC makers such as Lenovo from launching some of their biggest devices of the year in connection with the show. On Monday, Lenovo announced four new devices coming to its premium ThinkPad X1 business portfolio. The devices include the newest update to the company’s flagship business notebook, with the launch of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9). At CES, laptops also being unveiled by Lenovo include a new member of the ThinkPad X1 lineup--the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga--which offers an ultra-thin form factor, as well as the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6). Finally, Lenovo is debuting a new 2-in-1 tablet with the launch of the ThinkPad X12 Detachable.

What follows are details on Lenovo’s four newest ThinkPad X1 laptops and tablets.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga

As the newest addition to Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 line, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga stands out as the company’s thinnest ThinkPad device to date, at 0.45 of an inch thick. The convertible laptop—which gets its name from the titanium material that covers the exterior of the device--is also lightweight at 2.54 pounds. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga comes with a 13.5-inch display with 2,256 x 1,504 resolution, 450 nits of brightness, a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for Dolby Vision HDR. Other key features include optional 5G or LTE connectivity, support for WiFi 6 and 11th-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 vPro). And to assist with collaboration, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga includes four far-field microphones, a Dolby Atmos Speaker System and an HD camera.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga will have a starting price of $1,899, and will be available to order in January.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)

For the ninth-gen edition of the popular ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the notebook has been “completely redesigned,” Lenovo says. Updates on the X1 Carbon Gen 9 include a new 16:10 aspect ratio and reduced blue light on the 14-inch display, which will offer a choice between UHD or FHD resolution (up to 500 nits of brightness). Other new features and capabilities include an integrated fingerprint reader on the power button; optional 5G or LTE connectivity; a wider touchpad; and support for Dolby Voice, which optimizes the performance of the notebook’s microphones and speakers. Dolby Voice features include dynamic levelling, which automatically adapts to voices that are quieter or far away and provides noise suppression to limit background noises and echo. The new X1 Carbon will also include a larger battery than the previous model, at 57 Whr, to enable battery life of up to 16 hours.

On performance, the notebook will be powered by 11th-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 vPro) and be configurable with up to 32 GB of RAM. And on security, an embedded human presence detection sensor will lock the X1 Carbon when the user walks away--and then automatically log the user back in with the help of Windows Hello facial recognition--while the notebook will also offer an optional integrated privacy display to protect against viewing by onlookers.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Gen 9, will have a starting price of $1,429 and will be available in February.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6)

The sixth-gen ThinkPad X1 Yoga convertible has also gotten a full redesign for 2021, Lenovo says, with many of the same new features as on the updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Those include the larger 57 Whr battery (for battery life of up to 15 hours); support for Dolby Voice and human presence detection; the power button / fingerprint reader combination; the wider touchpad; and a 16:10 aspect ratio for its 14-inch display, with reduced blue light and an optional integrated privacy screen.

On connectivity and performance, the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga will also offer optional support for 5G or LTE as well as 11th-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 vPro) and up to 32 GB of RAM. Other updates on the sixth-gen X1 Yoga will include an increased screen-to-body ratio and a new “Storm Gray” color.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Gen 6, will have a starting price of $1,569 and will be available in February.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

After two years without a new 2-in-1 tablet in the ThinkPad X1 series, Lenovo is reviving the concept with the debut of the new ThinkPad X12 Detachable. The tablet will feature a 12.3-inch FHD+ display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, 400 nits of brightness and Gorilla Glass 5 for durability. Overall on durability, the tablet is designed to “withstand extreme heat and cold, dust, drops,

spills, direct impact, and more,” Lenovo says. The ThinkPad X12 Detachable connects to a backlit folio keyboard and also supports use with an optional Lenovo Precision Pen or Lenovo Digital Pen. Meanwhile, the 2-in-1 tablet will provide strong performance via 11th-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7 vPro) and up to 10 hours of battery life. Other key features include a 5-megapixel webcam and “always on responsiveness,” which allows you to resume working within less than a second of waking the device,” Lenovo says.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable will have a starting price of $1,149 and will be available in January.