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A Cracker Combo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Revealed By Lenovo At CES

The Lenovo ThinkPad range of PC’s, has at this stage been a B2B product however their new ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a cracker of a product that could end up in retail stores in Australia.

What’s unique about this product is the combination of attach technology that can easily be snapped onto the base of the device to deliver additional capability.
  
You can use it in a multi-mode configuration and by merging the best of both worlds-the Tab 3’s small ergonomic design and the Tab 3 Pro’s projector and powerful performance Lenovo has been able to deliver one of the best compact PC products on display at CES. 
 
The device that has an OLED display comes with three modules in the form of the Productivity module, the 3D Imaging module and the Projector module. This is in addition to the ThinkPad keyboard and the ThinkPad Stylus Pen.

 
The ThinkPad stamp is seen all over the X1 Tablet when it comes to the build quality.
 
 The tablet sports a 12-inch 2560?1440 pixel display which looks really good.
 
Just like the Surface Pro 4, it comes in the 3:2 aspect ratio. 
 
Behind the tablet display, you have a kick stand that flicks out at the click of a button. This stand allows you to orient the tablet the way you want.
 
 The tablet measures around 13mm thick and weighs around 1.1kg with the keyboard attached.
 
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a kickstand and comes with around 10 hours of battery life according to Lenovo.
 
Under the hood you have a fanless design thanks to the Intel Core m series processor – the X1 tablet can house up to Intel Core m7 vPro processor, around 16GB of RAM and you can also add in up to 1TB of PCIe non-volatile memory which is expected to give blazing speeds as it bypasses the SATA port. It runs Windows 10 Pro operating system.
 
The keyboard cover can be magnetically snapped onto the tablet and does not require much thought. 
 
Attaching the individual modules is easy, insert the two projections coming out from the edges of these modules and you are immediatly in business. 

 
The projector module houses a 50 lumens projector that is capable of throwing a 60inch display from a distance of 5 feet.
 
The projector module houses a 50 lumens projector that is capable of throwing a 60inch display from a distance of 5 feet.
 
The Projector module houses a pico-projector with around 50 Lumens of brightness and Lenovo claims that it can throw up to 60-inches of display from a distance of two meters. Of course, the sharpness at such a large distance is questionable, but we found that for a distance of around 3-4 feet, the display was bright and quite sharp, despite ambient lighting at the demo zone.
 
The 3D imaging module houses an Intel RealSense 3D camera and when attached to the X1 Tablet, the camera portion points to the region behind the tablet display. Lenovo’s idea is that it can be used for 3D scanning objects by placing them behind the tablet.
 
 
While the keyboard can be magnetically attached, the modules need to be fixed in properly with the latches locked in on the rear side to ensure no movement.
 
The Productivity module claims to increase the rated 10-hour battery life of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet by an additional 5 hours. 
 
Of course, we can only confirm this claim after testing the device. But in addition to housing a battery, the Productivity module also comes with a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI out port on one side, a OneLink port which can be connected to a professional dock.
 
In terms of the keyboard build quality, I felt like I was using an actual ThinkPad laptop, complete with the TrackPoint experience. 
 
The Keyboard comes in multiple back colours as well. In terms of ports on the X1 Tablet, you have a USB 3.0 port, a USB Type C port for charging, an audio jack, a mini DisplayPort, a microSD card slot and an LTE-Advanced slot as well.
 
 
Touch and Stylus response was quite smooth and the Stylus makes the X1 tablet appealing to artists and design professionals as well.
 
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet will start selling in Australia in the second quarter and I would love to see it on sale in key retail stores. Pricing for OZ has not been announced. 
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