tech2 News StaffJan 04, 2017 12:14:12 IST
Lenovo revealed the next generation of ThinkPad X1 products, tailored specifically for business users. The ThinkPad series of laptops have been catering to business users for over twenty five years. The new devices are upgrades to last years ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, all of which were launched at CES 2016.
For this generation of ThinkPad X1 products, there is a focus on specifications, durability, materials, size and weight, which are important to business users. At the same time, insights based on research in usability, usage modes and connectivity have influenced the design decisions.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the highlight in the series of new rollouts. This is the fifth generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The device weighs in at just 1.14 kg, which makes it one of the lightest devices in its class. A 14 inch IPS screen is fit into a typical 13 inch form factor. This has been achieved by reducing the bezels and cutting the screen much closer to the edges of the lid. There is a familiar six row ThinkPad keyboard, along with the iconic TrackPoint, and a Microsoft Precision Touchpad with physical buttons.
The laptop is available in silver and black. The battery life offered is 15.5 hours, which is enough juice for most of the long haul flights. Connectivity options include Thunderbolt 3, USBO 3.0 type-A and HDMI. Security features include biometric authentication and a front facing infrared camera with with support for Windows Hello logon, a facial recognition based security feature integrated into Windows 10.
The fingerprint scanner processes matches on a discrete fingerprint processor, preventing any attempts at malicious access. The fingerprint scanner allows for authentication of financial transactions on services like PayPal, using a finger instead of keying in a password. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available from February 2017, starting at $1,349 (roughly Rs 95,432).
ThinkPad X1 Yoga
X1 Yoga is a high end convertible or laplet for business users. Users can operate the convertible using the touchscreen, voice commands and the keyboard all at once. The Yoga also is available in Silver and Black variations. There are a full set of ports, including the Thunderbolt 3. The X1 Yoga has a battery life of fifteen hours. The device provides 12 hours of battery life after a one hour charge.
The rechargeable ThinkPad Pen Pro has been redesigned. The tip is made of a softer elastomer material, which provides more friction on the glass surface of the touchscreen. The softer tip allows for a more natural writing experience, which recreates the feel of using an actual pen and paper. The keys now retract fully and are absolutely flat in tablet mode, and the anchoring of the keys allows for greater durability. The keyboard for the X1 Yoga also has the TrackPoint.
The sports a 14 inch OLED screen. It is the only convertible in the market as of now that represents the entirety of Adobe's RGB colour space. On board is the Intel Iris graphics chip. The device can be used in various configurations, for consuming video, working on documents or attending video-conferences. The device is water resistant. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga will be available from February 2017, starting at $1,499 (roughly Rs 1,02,269).
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet for 2017 is not a major upgrade over the previous year, but remains one of the few modular tablet offerings in the market. Optional attachments include a projector, a productivity module for extending the battery life, and a 3D imaging module that scans things in three dimensions. These modules are apart from the ThinkPad Pen Pro and keyboard accessories, that can also be used with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet.
The tablet weighs in at less than 1 kg without the mods attached. There is integrated LTE support for connectivity. The device offers 10 hours of battery life on its own, and an additional 5 hours with the productivity module. The keyboard has the TrackPoint as well as a trackpad, and is available in black, white and red for customisation. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available from February 2017, starting at $949 (roughly Rs 64,717).
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