If you’re as impressed by Lenovo’s stunning ThinkPad X1 as I am, you’ll be happy to hear that the firm is expanding the lineup to include a tablet and a 2-in-1.
I was briefed about these and other new new devices back in December, and Lenovo is now showing them off publicly at CES in Las Vegas. For details about the new X1 ultrabook, be sure to check out Lenovo Kicks Off CES 2016 with new ThinkPad X1. This post focuses on the ThinkPad X1 Tablet and ThinkPad X1 Yoga.
ThinkPad X1 Tablet
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet features an Intel Core m7 processor and achieves 10 hours of battery life, Lenovo says. But what makes this device truly unique is its modular design. Thanks to a new Ultra Connect system, you can plug various hardware modules into the bottom of the tablet to achieve certain capabilities.
The following modules are available:
Productivity Module. Increases battery life up to 15 hours total. Cost: $149
Presenter Module. Includes a pico projector and HDMI port. Cost: $299
3D Imaging Module. Has a rear-facing Intel RealSense camera. Cost: $149
Additionally, you can add a full-sized ThinkPad keyboard to the X1 Tablet, naturally, and it includes a TrackPoint nubbin pointer and three typing angles. The X1 Tablet and keyboard weigh just 2.4 pounds together.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in February and will start at $899.
ThinkPad X1 Yoga
As you may recall from Lenovo Kicks Off CES 2016 with new ThinkPad X1, Lenovo’s new ultrabook dispenses with the touch options, but you can get touch—and much more—on the new X1 Yoga. This device is just 0.66 inches thick and weighs only 2.8 pounds, but it expands on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon form factor by providing true 2-in-1 functionality. It is, in other words, a ThinkPad version of the Lenovo Yoga 900.
And that means you can spin the thing around and use it in tent, presentation, and tablet modes, in addition to the normal laptop mode, where it looks pretty much like any ThinkPad.
But the X1 Yoga expands on the Yoga 900 functionality in some key ways. First, the X1 includes a patented Lift and Lock keyboard that retracts the keys when the device is placed in tablet mode. And X1 Yoga also includes an active pen, which can be used to write directly on the screen, as with a Surface. But unlike Surface, you can store the pen directly inside the PC.
The X1 Yoga can be had with a stunning OLED display as well, a first for any 2-in-1.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be available this month with prices starting at $1449. (OLED models will be available starting in April.)