Since their debut at CES 2016, Lenovo’s latest range of ThinkPad devices have been eagerly anticipated. The premium models have now been rolled into a family of devices called the ThinkPad X1 family, and they’re now available in Malaysia.
The ThinkPad X1 Family now has three models: the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Two other “X1” products: the ThinkCentre X1 AIO and the ThinkVision X1 Visual Monitor are also coming to Malaysia, but their availability dates were not confirmed.
Let’s start with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. It surprisingly replaces the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the flagship ThinkPad X1 Ultrabook from Lenovo, though it isn’t hard to see why. The base model with a 14-inch Full HD IPS touch display is just 61g heavier and 0.25mm thicker than the X1 Carbon with similar hardware – but with a non-touch 14-inch Full HD IPS display that does not flip 360 degrees.
In essence, both the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon are almost identical in hardware. Both Ultrabooks can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7 vPro processor, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 52WHr battery that’s rated for up to 11 hours.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
In terms of connectivity, both devices are quite similar as well. There are three USB 3.0 ports, which are a huge jump for both the X1 Carbon (1x USB 3.0) and the ThinkPad Yoga (2x USB 3.0). There’s also a full-sized HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort, OneLink+ port, and the reintroduction of expandable storage – though it’s only a microSD card slot instead of a full-sized one.
The X1 Yoga has three 14-inch display options: 2560 x 1440 OLED touch, 1920 x 1080 IPS touch, and 2560 x 1440 IPS non-touch anti-glare. On the other hand, the X1 Carbon has two 14-inch display options: 2560 x 1440 IPS and 1920 x 1080 IPS – both are non-touch displays.
Both the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga sport touch fingerprint sensors, which allows you to secure your device with Windows Hello. More importantly, the X1 Ultrabooks both pass US military drop tests. Both devices will survive accidental drops from table height, even if they are switched on when they are dopped.
For the Malaysian market, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will retail from RM7,000, while the ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a starting price of RM9,799. Both Ultrabooks are immediately available in Malaysia, and the exact configuration options for processor, RAM, and storage can be found in store.
Lenovo’s Surface competitor, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, is also now available in Malaysia. Powered by Intel Core m processors, the Windows 10 tablet can be fitted with up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and 512GB SSD.
Weighing just 0.77kg (1.1kg with detachable keyboard), the X1 Tablet has a battery life rated at 10 hours. The tablet itself sports a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 IPS 3:2 touch display, and has one USB 3.0 port, 1 USB Type C port for power, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card slot, and a nano SIM slot. The tablet also comes with a ThinkPad Think Keyboard and Stylus Pen.
Lenovo also introduced three modules that can be easily attached to the X1 Tablet. The Productivity Module adds an extra 5 hours of battery life, a HDMI port, OneLink+ port and another full-size USB port. The Presenter Module features a pico projector that can fill a 60-inch display from 2 meters, as well as a HDMI port. Finally, there’s also a 3D Imaging Module that sports a rear-facing Intel RealSense camera, and a full-size HDMI port. All modules are sold separately.
All three modules will only be arriving in July, with estimated prices of RM923 (Productivity Module), RM1,921 (Presenter Module), and RM1,346 (3D Imaging Module).
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is also available immediately in Malaysia for RM6,699. Just like the X1 Ultrabooks, configuration options can be found at Lenovo stores.
Besides the ThinkPad X1 family of devices, a few other ThinkPad devices were also announced today. The ThinkPad Yoga 260 – also announced at CES 2016 – is a lower-end variant of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and is powered by an Intel Core i5-6200U processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.
The ThinkPad Yoga 260 features a 12.5-inch Full HD touch display and a 360-degree hinge that allows it to be used in four usage modes. It also has two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD port. It weighs only 1.3kg, and is 17.8mm thin. The ThinkPad Yoga 260 is now available for RM6,359.