At CES 2022, Lenovo introduced updates to 3 of its most premium laptops in the marketplace: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Tenth-gen (that’s proper, that is the tenth one), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga seventh-gen, and the ThinkPad X1 Nano second-gen. The Carbon and the Yoga will likely be out there in March (beginning at $1,639 and $1,749, respectively), and the Nano is coming in April (beginning at $1,659).

These are some heavy hitters. The X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga are two of essentially the most established and beloved laptops within the enterprise sphere. The X1 Nano is newer to the scene however was one in all our favourite laptops that we reviewed final 12 months — it’s the lightest ThinkPad ever made, and it packs spectacular energy into that chassis.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon open on a white table angled to the left. The screen displays a night desert setting with an orange ribbon running through it and the Lenovo logo on the right side.

Right here’s the X1 Carbon — are you able to imagine there are 10 of those now?

I’ve spent a short period of time with every of those gadgets, and I additionally reviewed all three of their predecessors. All of them feel and appear fairly dang just like final 12 months’s fashions. That’s completely high-quality by me — ThinkPads have a longtime aesthetic, and any large adjustments would probably make some X1 followers very sad. If you’re searching for one thing new and completely different, you’re higher off wanting on the brand-new ThinkPad Z-Sequence. (The feedback part on that video has been considerably… heated.)

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga angled to the right, half open on a white table with a blue and pink background. The screen is off.

Right here’s the X1 Yoga.

However tweaks have definitely been made, largely focusing on distant workers. The brand new ThinkPads are “optimized for hybrid workers and professionals who seek higher levels of performance, better camera and audio capabilities for more immersive collaboration, and a more secure laptop to protect them from the daily demands of hybrid working,” Lenovo wrote in its weblog submit.

There’s a “newly designed communications bar” housing an upgraded webcam with a 1.4μm sensor (which is welcome — the sixth-gen Yoga’s digicam was significantly dangerous) and 360-degree far-field microphones. The internals have been bumped as much as Intel’s twelfth Gen Core processors, LPDDR5 reminiscence, PCIe Gen 4 storage, and the entire fashions include Home windows 11 Professional. And the Yoga and the Carbon each have OLED show choices this 12 months — 4K for the Yoga, 2.8K for the Carbon — whereas the Nano has new AI noise cancellation know-how.

Lastly, Lenovo’s Human Presence Detection (out there in “select models” throughout the road) has gotten smarter because of a brand new neural processing unit. Beforehand, the AI acknowledge when “a person” was leaving or approaching its display screen. Now, it’s in a position to acknowledge while you particularly strategy the display screen (versus a colleague or potential snoop) and wake or lock accordingly. Lenovo’s Laptop Imaginative and prescient know-how can even dim or flip off the show while you’re wanting away, as an power saver.

Whereas ThinkPad X1 customers of 5 years in the past may by no means have anticipated that webcams and audio system would ever be areas the place Lenovo centered its power, it’s clear that these options have turn into a precedence for Lenovo’s target market. The corporate is combining the distinctive construct high quality the X1 line is thought for with improvements focusing on on-the-go hybrid work. It’s a selection that makes full sense — which, throughout a CES the place another established traces seem to have undergone some controversial adjustments, is refreshing to see.

Images by Monica Chin / The Verge


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