Lenovo's refreshed ThinkPad X1 laptops squeeze in Alexa and HDR displays

Lenovo's extensive CES 2018 PC lineup includes Miix 630, upgraded ThinkPad X1 family

LAS VEGAS-Lenovo announced a major overhaul of its top-of-the-line ThinkPad business laptops at CES on Monday, adding support for the Amazon Alexa voice assistant and other consumer-friendly features that could elevate the ThinkPad from stodgy board room veteran to status symbol ultraportable. And their X1 series of devices represent some of the best no-frills laptop experiences in the world. Lenovo claims the ThinkPad X1 Carbon's battery will last 15 hours on a single charge. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with a robust built quality and carries forward the military grade certifications from its predecessor. The memory in the device is up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and storage is up to 1TB PCIe SSD.

Every one of these new ThinkPad X1 spins offers a solid range of connectivity, including a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports (and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on all but the X1 Tablet). The X1 Tablet will be arriving in March, starting at $1,599, and the ThinkVision X1 monitor will be coming this month with a price tag of $799. The battery life is less, at 9.5 hours. These laptops are the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga and their screens also achieve up to 500 NITS peak brightness to compliment the 100% Adobe RGB gamut coverage. This means multi-mode enthusiasts can get 8th Gen Intel Core processors and the all-new Premium Dolby Vision capable display in a flexible form-factor. The devices now include 360-degree far-field microphones with support for Wake on Voice that will let you talk to Alexa on your device, and use it to play music, get news, control your smart home, and more.

When it comes to security, Lenovo's new ThinkShutter Camera Privacy feature enables users shut the webcam to avoid privacy issues. Facial recognition (with the optional IR camera) and fingerprint reader will ensure your data is protected. Lenovo will also be selling a variant of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 4G LTE-A integrated WWAN.

Lenovo's refreshed ThinkPad X1 laptops squeeze in Alexa and HDR displays
Lenovo's refreshed ThinkPad X1 laptops squeeze in Alexa and HDR displays

Both the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the X1 Yoga will be available this month, starting at $1,709 and $1,889, respectively. The 360 hinge of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga allows you to flip screen to use the convertible in various orientations including tent, tablet, and laptop. Instead of opting for a larger display, the Tablet shrinks things down to a 13-inch panel but manages to boost the resolution to 3K (3000×2000). There's also fingerprint scanner and an infrared camera for Windows Hello.

First up is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which is now entering its 6 generation.

If you're a regular reader of HotHardware (which we're sure you are), then you know that we've always been fans of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 family of products. Lenovo isn't saying anything about the possibility of HDR10 support. It is a 27 in UHD monitor with near borderless bezels and just a 4.7 mm profile. Both the devices will go on sale in late January this year.

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