Lenovo Intros New Flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generationLenovo has unveiled its all-new ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation, the flagship of its business line. This 14-inch notebook has a number of new features, including a physical shutter for its webcam. Lenovo bills the X1 Carbon as the world’s lightest 14-inch business notebook. It weighs just 2.49 pounds and has a thickness of only 0.62 inches.

New HDR Display

The Dolby Vision HDR display on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation

The X1 Carbon and its convertible counterpart, the X1 Yoga, are both available with a new display. It supports a very high 500 nits peak brightness. That should be bright enough to view in direct sunlight. The display also supports Dolby Vision for high dynamic range (HDR).

ThinkShutter Webcam Shutter

The ThinkShutter physical webcam cover

The X1 Carbon has a physical shutter over the webcam on top of the display. This is a welcome feature in business, and should eliminate the sticky notes and tape. The X1 Carbon also has a new microphones that allow you to talk from up to four meters away.

For docking, the X1 Carbon and Yoga have a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3. For an in-depth look at USB-C, or Type-C, take a look at our feature article.

Lenovo says the X1 Carbon should have up to 15 hours of battery life. Other features of this notebook include available Global LTE-A wireless connectivity and an available IR webcam. The latter will allow for facial recognition with the Windows Hello feature in Windows 10, but it doesn’t have the ThinkShutter feature. Also new is an available 1080p touch display. Lenovo says the latter has no weight or thickness impact over the non-touch 1080p display.

Technical Specifications

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation has the following technical specifications:

  • Up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Up to 16GB LPDDR3 memory
  • Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 57 watt-hour battery with rapid charging feature
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC (2×2 antenna setup)
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless
  • 14-inch displays available (FHD IPS, FHD IPS touch, WQHD IPS, HDR WQHD IPS with Dolby Vision)
  • Available in black or silver
  • Weight: 2.49 pounds
  • Dimensions: 12.73 x 8.54 x 0.62 inches
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), headphone/microphone jack, 4-in-1 microSD card reader, HDMI, docking connector (for native Ethernet)

Pricing & Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th generation will be available January 2018 starting at $1,709.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd generation will be available January 2018 starting at $1,899.

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