CES 2014: Lenovo refreshes the X1 Carbon with a QHD monitor, brings new convertibles and notebooks
Lenovo traditionally uses CES as the platform for launching new products, and it is no different this time around. This time around, the manufacturer has focused its attention on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which retains the carbon fibre construction and design. The new X1 Carbon is lighter and thinner, with the machine’s thickness now at just 0.68 inches.
Another major addition is the increase in battery life that is brought on by Intel’s Haswell processors. Lenovo claims that the X1 Carbon now lasts for over 9 hours on a single charge. The 14-inch machine also boasts a new Quad HD IPS screen, can be configured with Intel’s latest 4th-gen Haswell 15 or i7 processors, has a maximum of 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD.
The keyboard section also sees a change, with Lenovo foregoing the function key rom in lieu of a touch section that has four different sets of controls for Windows shortcuts like search, screenshot, volume controls, brightness and browser. The chiclet keyboard does not feature a Caps Lock key anymore; instead Lenovo has included the Home and End keys in its place.
In terms of connectivity, the X1 Carbon features two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI out and a OneLink docking connector. The machine is available from today, and the base configuration costs $1299.
In addition to the X1 Carbon, Lenovo has brought new additions to traditional notebooks line with the Z and Y series. Available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch configurations, notebooks in these lines offer full-HD screens, 4th generation Intel i7 processors, and as much as 16 GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive with a combination of hybrid SSD and traditional HDD available. The Y series is geared for gamers, and can be customized with either video cards from both AMD and Nvidia.
The base model in the Z series is available for $399, with the base configuration in the Y series costing $499. Lenovo is also targeting the hybrid market with the latest Yoga 2, which is available in two configurations. Both models come with the 360-degree hinge that was found on the first Yoga hybrid, and feature touchscreen with ten point multitouch.
The 11.6-inch version comes with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768, and users have the choice of adding in a quad-core Intel processor, a maximum of 4 GB of RAM and a 512 GB hard drive. The base 11.6-inch model costs $599. The 13.3-inch variant features the same screen resolution, but comes with the ability to add Intel’s Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 512 GB hard drive. The 13.3-inch version costs $999.
Lastly, Lenovo is launching two Miix 2 convertibles, which are essentially Windows tablets with an attached keyboard. Both models come with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, 5 MP Cameras at the back, Wi-Fi can Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and 8 hours of battery life.
The 10-inch version is powered by an Intel Atom processor, 2 GB RAM, and a max storage of 128 GB. The tablet weighs 1.3 pounds and has a thickness of just 0.36 inches. The 10-inch model comes with a micro-USB connector, and features a USB 2.0 port on its dock.
The 11-inch version features Intel’s 4th-gen Core i5 processors, 8 GB RAM and a maximum of 256 GB storage. It comes with one USB 3.0, one mini-HDMI out and a micro-SD card slot. The 11-inch Miix 2 starts at $699 while the 10-inch Miix 2 is available starting at $499. Both models would be available to consumers in the second quarter of 2014.