Lenovo on Thursday introduced the ultra-thin ThinkPad X1 Extreme, aimed at business users interested in gaming and multimedia applications. The new laptop has a 15.6-inch display and is a version of the recently introduced mobile station. ThinkPad P1 with a discrete graphics processor of the game class, some features associated with the “civilian” PC, as well as some additional improvements aimed at the target audience. ThinkPad has always left ThinkPad with all the benefits of this series for users in the corporate and business environments.
Laptops under the ThinkPad X1 brand have always been a special place in the Lenovo family of products. On the one hand, X1 computers are the most modern ThinkPad models that should support all the latest business opportunities and provide decent performance in a thin and light form factor. On the other hand, the ThinkPad X1 is the flagship product for Lenovo, so they must support all the latest and premium technologies, creating an image for the company as a whole. Obviously, the integration of high-performance components in ultrathin ThinkPad X1 laptops in recent years is considered to be the installation of a 14-inch screen in the case of the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth generation laptop, and also increase its battery life up to 15 hours. ThinkPad X1 Extreme with a 15.6-inch screen, as well as a discrete graphics processor. Given that the novelty is a variation on the ThinkPad P1, its appearance can be considered an experiment that did not require Lenovo. Numerous financial resources that can be understood by the demand, rather large laptops with gaming GPUs among business users, who primarily value portability.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is based on Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processors with six cores of the Coffee Lake-H family, as well as on a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU (GP107, 768 stream processors) with Max-Q software technology, which guarantees sufficient The performance in various games while controlling the level of heat emission. M.2 with SATA or PCIe interface. A pair of SSDs can work in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array, and unlike the ThinkPad P1, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme officially only supports drives with a capacity of up to 1 TB, thus halving data storage capabilities compared to a “professional” laptop.
As with the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1, as well as the 15.6-inch ThinkPad P1, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be available with two types of screens. More advanced machines will be equipped with a 10-bit IPS display with a diagonal of 15.6 inches with 4K Ultra-HD (3840 × 2160) resolution, 400 candel / m2 brightness and Dolby Vision HDR support for the relevant content. More affordable models will use the IPS panel with a resolution of Full-HD (1920 × 1080) and a brightness of 300 candelas / m2.
As for the I / O interfaces, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme resembles its “pro” progenitor ThinkPad P1. The laptop is equipped with the module Intel Wireless-AC 9560 with support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi with bandwidth up to 1.73 Gbps on 160-MHz channels, and also support for Bluetooth 5.0 technology. As for the physical interfaces, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connectors, a miniature GbE connector (requires an adapter to connect the RJ-45 cable), an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card slot, a webcam with support for Windows Hello, microphones, as well as a connector of the audio port type TRRS, which supports Dolby Atmos when working with the appropriate headphones.
Despite the fact that Lenovo has equipped its ThinkPad X1 Extreme aimed at gamers with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics processor, the notebook is still true to the ThinkPad tradition. So, the PC is equipped with Intel vPro technology (on i7 processors), dTPM 2.0 module, fingerprint scanner, ThinkShutter shutter for web camera, etc. In addition, the ergonomic ThinkPad backlit keyboard will certainly be appreciated by all user groups, including gamers.
Since the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is essentially a version of the ThinkPad P1, it uses a similar body made of carbon fiber with an aluminum bottom that can withstand both careless handling and harsh environmental conditions. The use of aluminum can effectively dissipate the heat generated by high-performance CPUs and GPUs. It should be noted that at a thickness of 17.8 mm and a weight of 1.7 kg ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be one of the thinnest and lightest 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. As for the battery life from the built-in battery with a capacity of 80 Wh / h, Lenovo says about 15 hours, which corresponds to the “usual” ThinkPad X1. Meanwhile, like its “professional” fellow, X1 Extreme uses charging with a proprietary connector, and not with a universal USB Type-C connector.
Lenovo plans to begin selling ThinkPad X1 Extreme in September at a price of $ 1859. Models X1 Extreme with unlocked Core i9 processors will be available from December. It should be borne in mind that the Core i9-8950HK does not support Intel vPro technology, so laptops with these chips will not support a number of features.