If you liked the look, feel and light weight of the X1 carbon, but want a more powerful system with a bigger screen, the next Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme could be your answer. Because in September for an output price of $1,859, the X1 Extreme offers a 15-inch screen that is up to 4k resolution, a CPU that climbs to core I9 and NVIDIA GTX 1050 ti dedicated graphics.
The Raven-Black mobile workstation weighs only 3.76 pounds with its base-level display, 1080p. This is about half a pound lighter than the Dell XPS 15 and a quarter of a pound less than the 15 MacBook Pro. This weight jumps up to 4.04 pounds when you choose the optional touch screen, 4k.
Considering the packing components inside, the X1 Extreme is only 0.72 inches thick. Although not as subtle as some competitors, it leaves room for two full-sized, USB-type-to-ports, dual-beam 3-port, an SD card reader and HDMI output.
We have not had the opportunity to test the 4k screen, but if it is something like the 2k HDR panel on the X1 Carbon, it will be one of the best screens on the market. Lenovo claims that, like the High-end carbon display, the Extreme panel will support Dolby Vision HDR and reach up to 400 brightness lice. It will also add touch capabilities, rather than displaying the carbon-HDR lacks. The default, the 1080p panel promises 300 brightness lice.
In addition to the high-end screen, the X1 Extreme Packs NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI graphics with 4GB of video memory. The GPU uses NVIDIA’s MAXQ technology, which allows it to run cooler and quieter (read: Less fan noise), but also limits performance a bit.
The system is powered by a 6-core, 45-watt Intel H Series processor. It will be available with Core i5, Core i7 and-over the year-core I9. The end also supports up to 64 GB of RAM.
The Lenovo laptop has room for two NVMe M. 2 storage units. You’ll be able to do this with two 1TB drives in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 Array, which is one feature we’ve seen mostly just on game laptops before.
Creative professionals and high end users who want the same svelte chassis as X1 Extreme, but need a NVIDIA Quadro professional card and the Intel Xeon CPU should look at the ThinkPad P1, which will start at $1,949.
ThinkPad X1 Tech Specs:
Intel UHD Graphics 620
16GB max / 2133MHz LPDDR3, memory soldered to systemboard, no SO-DIMM socket
*IR camera option is available only on X1 Carbon Gen 6 Black with FHD display
|Dimensions (W x D x H)|
323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 mm
Starting from 1.13 kg
3-cell (57 Wh), integrated
Up to 15 hours
65W 3-pin USB-C, supports RapidCharge
Match on Chip (MoC) touch fingerprint reader
Stereo with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac + Bluetooth® 4.2*
*Bluetooth® 4.2 capabilities limited by Windows OS
Integrated global mobile broadband LTE-A (optional)
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