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X1 Carbon 7th-gen, X1 Yoga 4th-gen

X1 Carbon 7th-gen, X1 Yoga 4th-gen

Updates of Lenovo’s top-tier ThinkPads are anticipated for later this yr, they usually’re not simply the usual hardware updates, however truly tackle a number of of their quirks and enhance on sure elements.

Each the ThinkPad X1 Carbon clamshell and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga convertible will obtain Eight-th gen Whiskey Lake processors, but in addition improved audio system, new display choices and exterior redesigns that result in thinner profiles and lighter weight.

These updates are going to return fairly late imo, with the 2 strains anticipated to ship round June 2019, whereas different OEMs have been providing Whiskey Lake laptops for a number of months already. Nevertheless, a said in a lots of our different articles, Whiskey Lake is for probably the most half a minor platform improve, particularly in thin-and-light chassis like these ones, however the different modifications ought to make these merchandise much more compelling that earlier than.

Hopefully Lenovo will even hold their quality-control in examine this time round. Final yr’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon was extremely praised by reviewers, however retail fashions suffered from numerous inconsistencies within the keyboard, show and ending high quality, that are unacceptable in such premium and extremely priced computer systems.

2019 ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Seventh era)

Earlier than we get in depth on all of the updates, right here’s how the 2019 and 2018 (sixth gen) mannequin examine in a fast specs-sheet.

2019 Lenovo X1 Carbon (Seventh Gen) 2018 Lenovo X1 Carbon (sixth Gen)
Display 14.zero inch, FHD matte (400 nits), FHD contact (400 nits), FHD ePrivacy (400 nits), WQHD matte (300 nits), UHD 10-bit with HDR (500 nits) 14.zero inch, FHD matte (300 nits), FHD contact (300 nits), WQHD matte (300 nits), WQHD shiny with HDR (500 nits)
Processor as much as Intel Whiskey Lake i7-8565U (Four cores, Eight threads @ 1.Eight-Four.6GHz) as much as Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i7-8550U (Four cores, Eight threads @ 1.Eight-Four.0GHz)
Video UHD Graphics 620 (built-in) UHD Graphics 620 (built-in)
Reminiscence as much as 16GB LPDDR3-2133 (soldered, dual-channel) as much as 16GB LPDDR3-2133 (soldered, dual-channel)
Storage 1x M.2 80 mm NVMe OPAL2, as much as 2 TB 1x M.2 80 mm NVMe OPAL2, as much as 1 TB
Connectivity Intel WiFi 9650 with Bluetooth 5.zero (?), Intel Ethernet Connection, elective WWAN Intel WiFi 8265 with Bluetooth Four.2, Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V, elective WWAN
Ports 2x USB-C Thunderbolt three, 2x USB-A three.1, HDMI 1.Four(?), SIM/MicroSD, doc-port, headphone/mic, Lock 2x USB-C Thunderbolt three, 2x USB-A three.1, HDMI 1.4b, SIM/MicroSD, doc-port, headphone/mic, Lock
Battery 51 Wh, 65W energy adapter (USB Sort-C) 57 Wh, 65W energy adapter (USB Sort-C)
Measurement 323 ot 12.71″(W) x 217 x Eight.54″(D) x 14.95 or zero.58″ mm (H) 324 ot 12.73″(W) x 217 x Eight.54″(D) x 15.95 or zero.62″ mm (H)
Weight from 1.11 kg / 2.46 lbs(+ energy provide) from 1.13 kg /2.49 lbs (+356g energy provide)
Extras IR cameras with ThinkShutter, finger-sensor, quad audio system IR cameras, finger-sensor, twin audio system

What’s modified?

Whereas the outer modifications are delicate, the 2019 X1 Carbon is definitely a redesign of the chassis used within the final years. It’s about the identical footprint, however 1 mm thinner and marginally lighter.

Magnesium alloys and carbon-fiber/glass mixtures are nonetheless used for the shell, with an analogous soft-touch ending that hopefully gained’t chip as simply. Having encountered the newer ThinkPads X1 Excessive and P1 with comparable builds, I’d say the brand new X1 Carbon gained’t endure from such points this time round.

The 2019 X1 Carbon is just not longer obtainable in a Silver variant although, however as an alternative in two black variations, one with the usual matte ending, and one other with a textured carbon-fiber weaved lid-cover, just like what Dell’s been utilizing on the XPS 13’s inside in recent times. Each hold the identical easy inside. I’m fairly positive I choose the all-around easier variant, and given my expertise with my XPS and previous ThinkPads, each are going to be magnets for smudges and finger-oil.

The laptop computer’s internals have been extra considerably redesigned although, primarily to accommodate an important exterior change: the brand new speaker system.

There’s a grill on the prime of the keyboard now, which hides a set of front-facing audio system beneath, and they’re supplemented by an additional set of “subwoofers” positioned on the underbelly. That’s a a lot welcomed change, given how sound has traditionally been a weak spot of previous Thinkpads.

The internal redesign nevertheless solely leaves room for a smaller battery (51 vs 57 Wh), results in some port-swapping across the sides and may additionally suggest different modifications we can’t predict at this level. The IO hasn’t suffered on this transition although, because the 2019 X1 Carbon retains the identical connectivity because the earlier model, together with help for some Lenovo mechanical docks and the 2 Thunderbolt3 slots. The wi-fi module will almost definitely be up to date to one of many by no means era Wave 2 choices, with Bluetooth 5.zero; wired Web continues to be potential (with an exterior dongle that you simply’ll most certainly have to purchase individually ) and hopefully non-compulsory WWAN continues to be out there as nicely.

The Seventh gen X1 Carbon additionally will get up to date screens just about throughout the board, with brighter 400-nits panels for the lower-end FHD matte and contact choices, in addition to an UHD 10-bit panel with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and 500-nits brightness as the highest variant. My hopes go in the direction of improved uniformity as properly, because the FHD panels suffered from extreme bleeding prior to now, in addition to improved craftsmanship that might get rid of the poorly aligned panels we’ve additionally seen on the 2018 mannequin. As for that 10-bit panel, whether or not that’s actual 10-bit or simulated 8bit with dithering like on different ThinkPads (just like the P72 workstation), that’s one thing we’ll have to determine in a future evaluation.

As a aspect word, the ePrivacy display selection refers to Lenovo’s new Assume-Shutter digital camera cowl that now additionally works with the IR cameras, whereas prior to now it was solely out there on variations with out the set of Good day cams.

I additionally marvel how will the Whiskey Lake hardware carry out inside this thinner chassis. The i7-8550U contained in the sixth gen X1 Carbon carried out properly as soon as undervolted, however ran at 90+ levels Celsius in steady taxing masses, so I wouldn’t anticipate any vital good points for the i7-8565U, regardless of its theoretic means to run at higher-clocks. We’ll see, hopefully Lenovo didn’t mess up cooling with this redesign.

Good replace, however previous expertise warns us to maintain an eye fixed out for hidden quirks

All in all I’m fairly hyped concerning the 2019 ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

It improves on what was already probably the most versatile ultraportables of final yr, with newer hardware, higher screens and audio system. Sadly the battery misplaced about 10% of its measurement within the course of, however I assume it’s nonetheless on par with the competitors. I’m undoubtedly not a fan of this miniaturizing development that everybody’s following nowadays, making computer systems thinner and thinner whereas sacrificing on options and general expertise within the course of, however the X1 truly cuts off quite a bit lower than others, and it’s not like I can do a lot about it anyway, so I’ve to simply accept is.

The most important unknown across the new X1 Carbon nonetheless stays within the build-process and elements sourcing although. Like already talked about, the 2018 X1 Carbon was extremely praised by preliminary evaluations, however individuals bumped into numerous points with the construct, screen-quality or keyboards as soon as they really began shopping for them. Hopefully Lenovo refined the method this time round, after-all that is their top-of-the-line ultraportable, however I’d nonetheless chorus from being and early purchaser and control Reddit and boards within the first weeks when these will ultimately ship.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Seventh-gen is predicted in shops round June 2019, with costs beginning at $1709 within the US.

2019 ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th gen)

Once more, let’s have a fast take a look at the specs sheet first.

2019 Lenovo X1 Yoga (4th Gen) 2018 Lenovo X1 Yoga (third Gen)
Display 14.zero inch, FHD contact (400 nits), FHD ePrivacy (400 nits), WQHD contact (300 nits), UHD contact with HDR (500 nits) 14.zero inch, FHD contact (270 nits), WQHD contact (270 nits), WQHD contact with HDR (500 nits)
Processor as much as Intel Whiskey Lake i7-8565U (Four cores, Eight threads @ 1.Eight-Four.6GHz) as much as Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i7-8550U (Four cores, Eight threads @ 1.Eight-Four.0GHz)
Video UHD Graphics 620 (built-in) UHD Graphics 620 (built-in)
Reminiscence as much as 16GB LPDDR3-2133 (soldered, dual-channel) as much as 16GB LPDDR3-2133 (soldered, dual-channel)
Storage 1x M.2 80 mm NVMe OPAL2, as much as 2 TB 1x M.2 80 mm NVMe OPAL2, as much as 1 TB
Connectivity Intel WiFi 9650 with Bluetooth 5.zero (?), Intel Ethernet Connection, elective WWAN Intel WiFi 8265 with Bluetooth Four.2, Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V, non-compulsory WWAN
Ports 2x USB-C Thunderbolt three, 2x USB-A three.1, HDMI 1.Four, SIM/MicroSD, doc-port, headphone/mic, Lock 2x USB-C Thunderbolt three, 2x USB-A three.1, HDMI 1.Four, SIM/MicroSD, headphone/mic, Lock
Battery 51 Wh, 65W energy adapter (USB Sort-C) 54 Wh, 65W energy adapter (USB Sort-C)
Measurement 323 ot 12.71″(W) x 218 x Eight.58″(D) x 15.02 or zero.59″ mm (H) 333 ot 13.11″(W) x 229 x 9.01″(D) x 17.05 or zero.67″ mm (H)
Weight from 1.Four kg / three.1 lbs(+ energy provide) from 1.Four kg /three.1 lbs (+356g energy provide)
Extras IR cameras with ThinkShutter, finger-sensor, quad audio system IR cameras, finger-sensor, twin audio system

The X1 Yoga shares most design features and traits with the X1 Carbon this time round and is actually a extra vital replace of lat yr’s mannequin, with a smaller footprint, thinner bezels across the display and a thinner profile. It’s nonetheless nonetheless a hybrid, with a totally 360-degrees convertible display. See the clip under for extra particulars.

It will get the hardware bump to Intel’s Whiskey Lake platforms, the brighter display choices and the UHD HDR panel, the identical 51 Wh battery, the identical quad-speaker system, the identical keyboard and a really comparable IO. Regardless of all these, Lenovo nonetheless managed to squeeze a stylus inside, and whereas final yr’s mannequin didn’t get the ThinkPad doc-port, the up to date model does, on the left edge, identical to on the X1 Carbon.

Apart from the apparent size-differences, the 2019 ThinkPad Yoga is now completely made out of machined milled aluminum, so not will get the magnesium/plastic physique we’re usually seeing on different ThinkPads. Meaning it’s solely out there in a dark-silver colour scheme, and given how Lenovo’s been utilizing aluminum shells on their commonplace Yoga units up to now, I don’t assume this transition could have any impact on the chassis’s general power and rigidity. Metallic does really feel totally different to the contact, so don’t anticipate this to really feel like a standard ThinkPad, however extra like a MacBook/Yoga system.

All in all, the 2019 X1 Yoga is a serious replace of final yr’s era and I’d anticipate to catch a variety of consideration later within the yr, when delivery. Identical to the Carbon variant, it’s scheduled for June 2019, with costs beginning at $1929.

Keep tuned for our future evaluations of each the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga 2019 updates, and within the meantime get in contact within the feedback part when you’ve got any suggestions or questions.