Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme: A Full-Featured 15-Inch With Guts
More recently, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga have incorporated either high-end OLED displays or full Dolby Vision HDR compliant panels with inky saturation, great brightness, and strong contrast. Drop in Intel's latest 8th Gen Core series processors and there really isn't much more you could want from this workhorse, except for maybe a bit more CPU and GPU horsepower of course.
And then Lenovo decided to introduce the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme 15-inch platform. Take the original Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, stretch its screen real estate to a 15-inch 4K HDR panel (1080p options available as well), drop in a 6-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7 series processor along with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 32GB of RAM, and you have the all new ThinkPad X1 mobile workstation-class machine we're looking at here today. Remember that good ol' ThinkPad X1 Carbon workhorse? Yeah, well, the X1 Extreme is built for running with the bulls...
|Processor Options||8th Gen Intel Core i7-8850H Six-Core (9MB Cache, 2.6GHz to 4.3GHz)
||15.6-inch UHD (3840x2160) With Dolby Vision HDR, 400 nits
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620 And NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB|
||32GB DDR4-2666 (Socketed SO-DIMMs)
||1TB Samsung MZVLB1T0HALR NVMe PCIe SSD - 3200MB Read / 2400MB Write|
|Audio||2 x 2 Watt Speakers, Dolby Audio Premium, 360° Far-field Microphones|
|Ethernet||Via Dongle Ethernet Extension|
||Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0|
||AC Power, 2xThunderbolt 3 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet Ext Connector, Headphone/MIc Combo
||Optional Smart Card Reader, SD Card Reader, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A w/ Alway-On, Kensington Lock
||IR camera and HD720p Camera, Fixed Focus
||Windows 10 Pro|
|Dimensions||WxDxH (Non-Touch): 14.24" x 9.67" x 0.72"; 361.8mm x 245.7mm x 18.4mm
WxDxH (Multi-Touch): 14.24" x 9.67" x 0.74"; 361.8mm x 245.7mm x 18.7mm
||4.06 lbs (Multi-Touch), 3.76 lbs (Non-Touch)
||3-year parts warranty, 1-year labor
|Pricing||$3096 As Configured And Tested With Promotions|
As you can see, peeling back a small piece of anti-static film on each slot shows a pair of 16GB standard DDR4 SO-DIMMs for our 32GB config. You also get access to a standard M.2 style slot for the PCIe SSD on board, and there's a spare unpopulated area on the PCB as well (yellow tape covering it), underscoring that Lenovo can enable the machine with a two M.2 slot configuration if you so choose. We also have access to the system's large 80 Whr battery and the Intel Wireless-AC 9560, Wi-Fi 2x2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0 combo NIC that sits in its slot along the left edge of the bottom side of motherboard. Also visible is the ThinkPad X1 Extreme's dual blower-style fan and heat-pipe system, and the machine's two bottom firing speakers on the left and right front edges of this laptop's chassis.
Finally, there's the ThinkPad X1 Extreme's power brick, a compact but stout 135 Watt palm-sized (large palm) AC adapter with Lenovo's proprietary USB-like yellow power connector. And yes, all that firepower doesn't come cheap. As configured and tested, this machine clocks in at $3096 with its beefy 32GB of RAM, 4K HDR display and 1TB NVMe SSD pushing up its price point. However, the X1 Extreme's starting price for the platform is a more digestible $1673 currently on Lenovo's site.
So, that's what's powering this new ThinkPad beastie; let's get a closer look at its design, build quality, software, and user experience, next...