Lenovo announces new ThinkPad X1 Nano featuring Intel Evo, 16:10 and weighing just two pounds

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano Hero (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • The ThinkPad X1 Nano starts at $1,400.
  • It weighs just 2lbs (962 grams)
  • Packs Intel 11th Gen Core processors, Xe graphics, and is built on the Intel Evo platform
  • Ships later this year

Lenovo has a whole new business laptop for fall 2020, named the ThinkPad X1 Nano. As the name implies, this is an ultra-light laptop – the lightest Lenovo has ever made. But being thin and light does not mean compromise as this full Ultrabook has Windows 10 Pro, 11th Gen Intel Core i7, new Intel Xe graphics, and a whole lot of "smart" built into it too.

Perhaps the bigger story is this is the first modern ThinkPad to ditch the 16:9 aspect and adopt the taller 16:10. This screen switch is a trend that started with Microsoft's 3:2 Surface line and recently adopted by Dell using 16:10.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano

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CategoryLenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
OSWindows 10 Pro or Linux
Display13-inch Touch or Non-touch 2K (2160x1350) with 100% sRGBDolby Vision450nit
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR4X
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
SecurityMatch-on-Chip FingerprintIR camera with human presence detectionThinkShutter camera coverKensington lock slotdTPM 2.0 chip
Ports2x Thunderbolt 41x Audio (headphone/mic)
WirelessWWAN 5G/LTE/4G CapableWLAN 802.11 AXLTE CAT 20Bluetooth 5.0
AudioDolby Atmos Speaker System3x 360-degree mics
BatteryUp to 17.3hrs48WhUp to Type-C 65W
Weight962g (2.12lbs)

With a 13-inch 2K Dolby Vision display (in touch or non-touch), the ThinkPad X1 Nano also has Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4, and 5G abilities making it a do-it-all laptop. Intel's latest Xe graphics should give nearly an 80 percent boost in performance compared to 10th Gen.

That display gets augmented by two upward-firing tweeters and two downward-firing woofers to create an immersive soundscape powered by Dolby Atmos.

Another neat trick is the ThinkPad X1 Nano can detect when you approach the laptop (with the display open). The camera can then turn on the screen and log you in without ever touching it. The same applies for when you walk away as the laptop will auto-lock to secure your data. There are even built-in voice recognition systems and a fingerprint reader for added security.

All of that wouldn't matter if battery life were poor, but being built on Intel's latest Evo platform, Lenovo can claim north of 17 hours of battery life. Considering real-world usage, even if that is 8 or 9 hours with all that tech, it would be an all-day device.

Availability of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is expected in the 4th quarter 2020, with preorders happening in a few weeks. Pricing starts at $1,400 and goes up based on configuration.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.