Lenovo Updating ThinkPad X1 Tablet with Improved “Kaby Lake” Processor

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Lenovo used CES 2017 to announce a second-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet with a new Intel processor that should offer better performance and longer battery life to this Windows 10 device.

The addition of a Kaby Lake chip is one of the major improvements in this upcoming business-oriented tablet. It will also come bundled with an improved active pen, and will be available with up to 1TB of built-in storage.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

More About the ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Specifications

This offering has a 12-inch touchscreen with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It has a USB Type C port, microSD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, weighs in a 1.7 pounds.

Lenovo sells the ThinkPad X1 as a standalone-alone computer, but offers a range of add-on accessories, including a clip-on keyboard with TrackPoint and trackpad. This comes in black, white, or red, but the tablet itself is always black.

Lenovo’s offering boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and this can be extended by up to 5 hours with an optional module that also includes full-size HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and a OneLink+ docking connector.

The second-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available in March starting at $949.


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  1. cohopiri

    It’s funny how me and my friend always argue whether these devices should be regarded as laptops or tablets.
    I say they are tablets, as per my research ( http://techyview.com/tablet-guides/what-is-a-tablet-computer/ ).
    But my question here is if the previous version of the thinkpad IS a laptop, what actually makes this one a tablet?

    • Ed Hardy

      cohopiri, the working definition we use is that if a keyboard is an optional add-on, it’s definitely a tablet. Computers sold bundled with removable keyboards are 2-in-1s. Models where the keyboard is non-removable are laptops.

      In this case it’s really straightforward: Lenovo defines it as a tablet in the name.