Lenovo has announced a bunch of new devices ahead of the upcoming CES 2020 in Las Vegas next week. First off, the company has unveiled its next-gen desktop and laptop lineups powered by Intel’s 10th-gen Core processors. The new offerings include not only ThinkPad laptops and a new ThinkCentre All-in-One, but also a new ThinkPoint keyboard and ThinkVision monitors. In addition, the company also unveiled a new personal business communications device called the ThinkSmart View.
Our first stop on the Lenovo announcement tour is the eighth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The 14-inch laptop isn’t too dissimilar from its predecessor in terms of looks, but that’s not a bad thing. We liked the carbon fibre weave on the seventh-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, so it’s good to see it make a return on the updated model.
The carbon fibre weave isn’t just here for the show, as the material helps the ThinkPad X1 Carbon weigh less than 2.5 pounds. Don’t let the lightweight fool you—thanks to the MIL-SPEC testing, the laptop can take some physical abuse and still end up working fine.
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The good news is Lenovo didn’t sacrifice specs for looks. You have your choice of the Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. RAM and the SSD top out at a healthy 16 GB and 2 TB, respectively. The 51 Wh battery should be enough for up to 18.5 hours of use. Then we get to the star of the show: the 14-inch panel. New this year is the 1080p touch panel with 500 nits of brightness and Lenovo’s PrivacyGuard technology, which makes content only visible to those directly looking at the display. If you need more pixels, the top-end display option features a UHD panel, support for HDR, and 500 nits of brightness.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon will be available sometime in 2020 and start at $1,499.
Both laptops focus on privacy. They are both secured-core PCs and have ThinkShutter and several other hardware and software privacy features. Both have options for PrivacyGuard displays that can make it harder for people to sneak a peek at your screen. The laptops also work with ThinkPad PrivacyAlert, which can tell when someone is looking at your screen and automatically turn on PrivacyGuard.