Making the 12.1 inch display size Windows tablet a thing of the past, Lenovo has introduced its third-generation ThinkPad X1 that has a 13-inch 3K screen in the market.
This significant improvement over the 12-inch, 2160×1440 IPS display in 2017’s second-generation X1 Tablet may boost Lenovo’s standing.
Lenovo has retained the best bits from its earlier ThinkPad X1 tablets. Inside it is a Core i7-8650U, a member of the new Kaby Lake R family of 8th-generation Core chips.
The new ThinkPad X1 also includes up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory and up to a terabyte of NVMe M.2 SSD storage.
The new Lenovo tablet has a 42 Whr battery (with an estimated 9.5 hours of battery life), bigger than the 36.4Whr battery of the 2017 version of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The earlier version posted a middling run time.
Given the additional screen size and display resolution of the 2018 version, the increased capacity may simply keep the tablet’s life the same as before. But the larger screen and bigger battery will also add a half-pound or so to the overall weight: 2.79 pounds with the attached keyboard in comparison to about 2.38 pounds of the 2017 offering.
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 pen also keeps up with the competition. The Active Pen features 4,096 levels of pressure, the same levels of pressure as what Dell’s offering with its PS 15 2-in-1.
As far as Voice Control is concerned, it’s not entirely clear whether Lenovo will eventually ship the ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2018) with an integrated Alexa app as the other members of the family, a new ThinkPad X1 Yoga and Carbon are.
But the X1 Tablet (2018) is set up for voice control, with integrated far-field mics good for hollering reminders at whatever digital assistant suits ones fancy.
The 2018 version of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet ships in March for a starting price of US$1,599 but the price might escalate if one opts for the larger memory and storage configurations.