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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one feature-packed business notebook (Updated)

By Koh Wanzi - on 28 Nov 2018, 5:02pm

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Extreme is one feature-packed business notebook

Note: This article was first published on 31st August 2018 and is now updated with pricing and local availability.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Extreme

Lenovo has announced its most powerful ThinkPad X1 notebook to date. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a business notebook that looks like it could give the MacBook Pro a run for its money with its hard-hitting specifications, which includes support for Intel’s top-end Core i9 processor.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has long been one of the best business notebooks around, but it’s generally fallen short on raw horsepower compared to Lenovo’s beefier ThinkPad notebooks and rivals like the MacBook Pro.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme fixes that, and it can now be equipped with discrete NVIDIA graphics and Intel’s top hexa-core mobile chip. The 15.6-inch display also provides additional screen real estate to creative professionals.

Here’s an overview of its specifications:-

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS touchscreen display
  • Up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i9 processor
  • Up to 64GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Max-Q
  • Up to 2x 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 80Wh battery
  • 361.8 x 245.7 x 18.7mm
  • 1.8kg

The 4K panel boasts a peak brightness of 400 nits and supports Dolby Vision HDR, still a rarity on laptops today. It also supports 100 per cent of the Adobe RGB color gamut, according to Lenovo, so it appears well-suited to creative types. In addition, there is Dolby Atmos support for headphones.

However, it can also be configured with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display, which shaves its weight and dimensions down to 1.7kg and 18.4mm thick.

Image Source: Lenovo

Lenovo has also finally included an SD card reader on an X1 Carbon notebook, a vital addition for a laptop that appears targeted at those who work with photos and videos. It comes with good support for multiple monitors, with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and an HDMI 2.0 output.

Finally, you get two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports for connecting your peripherals, so there’s no need for any dongles.

The laptop retains the same carbon fiber construction as the regular X1 Carbon, which is how Lenovo keeps the weight down. Having said that, it’s worth noting that it’s lighter than the Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Pro, although the difference with the latter is pretty negligible.

Lenovo says the 80Wh battery can charge up to 80 per cent in an hour, thanks to its RapidCharge technology.

Other features include a fingerprint reader to the right of the keyboard and a Windows Hello webcam covered by Lenovo’s ThinkShutter privacy cover.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be available in September starting at US$1,859 in certain markets. The Core i9 model will be available later in December.

Locally, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is available at the usual retail channels from 27th November with a starting price of S$2,186.  This price will however only net you a Core i5-8300 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1080p IPS screen with 72% NTSC color gamut support, and a 256GB SATA SSD.

If you want the full works that is close to the listed specs that the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme can handle, it will set you back S$5,046 - and that's not inclusive of a Core i9 processor, but a Core i7-8850H (up to 4.3GHz, 9MB cache).