LAS VEGAS, NV — Lenovo has announced its third iteration of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The new system is a complete departure from the two prior generations of the ThinkPad X1 Tablets as it uses fully-fledged Intel’s Core i7 CPUs instead of their low-power Y-series counterparts, has a large 13” display, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and no longer supports expansion modules.

The most noticeable upgrade of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen when compared to its predecessors and direct rivals is, of course, its 13” IPS touchscreen that has a 3000×2000 resolution (thus retaining a 3:2 aspect ratio) as well as 10-point multi-touch and pen support. The larger display with a higher resolution and pixel density vs. competitors (primarily the Surface Pro 2017) will certainly be among the main selling points of the new X1T. The improvements do not end here.

Just like the other ThinkPad X1-branded mobile PCs announced at CES 2018, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is based on Intel’s 8th Generation quad-core Core i7 CPU with integrated UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. The new SoC is a major progress for the new ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The previous-gen ThinkPad X1T featured a Kaby Lake-Y SoC with two cores and an iGPU running at relatively low frequencies to save power. By contrast, the new SoC packs four cores and faster graphics, a performance boost across the board. Unfortunately for graphics professionals seeking for a higher-performing iGPU, there will be no X1Ts with the Iris Plus Graphics 640 found inside Microsoft’s premium Surface Pro 2017 as there are no Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processors with a GT3e-class iGPU. As for RAM and storage, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet can be equipped with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 and a PCIe NVMe SSD of up to 1 TB.

Moving on to other hardware features of the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The system ditches USB Type-A headers but has two Thunderbolt 3 ports (one supporting USB PowerDelivery 3.0 spec), a microSD card reader, a webcam (with or without IR capability for Windows Hello), a rear camera, and a TRRS headphone jack. As for wireless connections, the new X1T has an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module as well as an optional Sierra Wireless EM7455 or EM7430 LTE-A CAT6 modem. None of the new X1T SKUs will feature WiGig technology.

In addition to WiGig support, Lenovo is also ditching support for expansion modules used by the first two generations of the ThinkPad X1 Tablets. Since the mobile PCs now have two TB3/USB-C ports, it is doubtful that Lenovo’s users will have problems finding expansions relying on these interfaces. Some customers might miss the productivity module containing an extra accumulator along with a USB Type-A connector, but 9.5 hours of battery life claimed for the new X1T by Lenovo is a lot for a tablet anyway.

Major performance improvements along with the larger display affected dimensions and weight of the new ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Obviously, the new slate got a bit bigger than its predecessor because of its 13” LCD, but it remained pretty thin in general: its thickness is 8.9 mm, up only 5% vs. the X1T 2nd Gen (which was 8.45 mm). Meanwhile, the new tablet now weighs 890 grams (1.9 lbs), up 16% from 767 grams (1.69 lbs) of the predecessor. While 0.45 mm is not a big deal (especially considering how much extra performance you gain with the new unit), additional 123 grams do not look like a good deal here for those who plan to use the X1T 3rd Gen as a tablet. Moreover, the whole system weighs 1.27 kilograms (2.79 lbs) when the keyboard is added, which is higher than the weight of the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon that has a bigger and, presumably, brighter display. To compensate for the higher weight and larger dimensions as well as to make the whole system a bit more stable when used in laptop mode with a stylus, the latest X1T has a new kickstand that looks stronger than its predecessor.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet: Gen 3 vs. Gen 2
  ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2nd Gen
Display 13" IPS
3000×2000
277 PPI
12" IPS
2160×1440
216 PPI
CPU Exact CPU models TBC

Intel Core i7-8650U (4C/8T, 1.9 - 4.2 GHz)
Intel Core i7-8550U (4C/8T, 1.8 - 4.0 GHz)
Intel Core i5-8350U (4C/8T, 1.7 - 3.6 GHz)
Intel Core i5-8250U (4C/8T, 1.6 - 3.4 GHz) TDP: 15 W

Select SKUs powered by vPro CPUs
Intel Core i7-7Y75 (2C/4T, 1.3 - 3.6 GHz)
Intel Core i5-7Y57 2C/4T, 1.2 - 3.3 GHz)
Intel Core i5-7Y54 (2C/4T, 1.2 - 3.2 GHz)
TDP: 4.5 W

Select SKUs powered by vPro CPUs
Graphics i7 UHD 620: 24 EUs at 300 - 1150 MHz
i5 UHD 620: 24 EUs at 300 - 1100 MHz
i7 HD 615: 24 EUs at 300 - 1050 MHz
i5 HD 615: 24 EUs at 300 - 950 MHz
RAM up to 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
Wi-Fi Intel 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.1
WWAN Sierra Wireless EM7455 or
EM7430 LTE-A CAT6 modem
Qualcomm X7 LTE or
Sierra Wireless 7455
Thunderbolt 2 × USB Type-C TB3 ports -
USB 3.1 2 × Type-C (via TB3) -
3.0 - 1 × Type-A
1 × Type-C
Display Outputs DisplayPort over TB3/USB-C 1 × Mini DisplayPort
GbE -
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Cameras Rear: ?
Front: ?
Rear: 8 MP
Front: 2 MP
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, Utranav, trackpad, card reader, etc.
Battery unknown unknown
Battery Life 9.5 hours 10 hours
15 hours with Productivity Module
Width 304 mm | 11.45" 291.5 mm | 11.4"
Height 226 mm | 8.24" 209.5 mm | 8.2"
Thickness 8.9 mm | 0.34" 8.45 mm | 0.3"
Weight 890 grams | 1.9 lbs 767 grams | 1.69 lbs

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen will go on sale this month and will cost starting from $1599 with a keyboard and a pen included.

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Source: Lenovo

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  • meacupla - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    The detachable keyboard cover looks like it uses the same thing as Surface Pro.

    Is that connector an industry standard now?
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  • nerd1 - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    IMO this one is much better than surface devices as it is user serviceable. Reply
  • londedoganet - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    Where did you see that this model was user-serviceable? Reply
  • nerd1 - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Last year's one is user serviceable and I will be surprised if the new one isn't. Reply
  • arsjum - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    No longer fanless, I'm assuming? Reply
  • Rictorhell - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Really impressive specs, much improved over previous generations. Good work Lenovo engineers and designers. Reply
  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Why no Ryzen? Reply
  • Frenetic Pony - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Aaaand so close. Just needed that display to support HDR like their new high spec laptops do. Please say they just forgot to mention as much in the press release? Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Wow, you are a true optimist. HDR support in Windows is in its infancy, and really quite bad. HDR laptop display panels are exceedingly rare, and probably nonexistent below 15". Not to mention that the high brightness requirements of HDR would kill battery life entirely.

    I'd say it's at least two years until something like that is feasible.

    On the other hand, what are you planning to use it for where HDR would be of any benefit? Content creation? Or are you buying a $1600 ThinkPad for Netflix?
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  • Valantar - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Well, I guess I should have read the news post about the updated X1 line before posting :P But given that those are the only <15"/>7" HDR panels I've ever heard of, it's no surprise that they didn't fit one in here also. For me, 3:2 trumps HDR for any mobile application. Reply

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