ThinkPad X1 Carbon Prototype ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (left); ThinkPad X1 Carbon prototype (right) (Image Credit : PC Watch)

These days, if you're looking for a laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio, you're largely limited to either a Surface or Huawei's MateBook line. But laptop makers are always considering new options, and it turns out Lenovo has at least experimented with a 3:2 aspect ratio for its business-focused ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo recently showed off a prototype version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon to Japanese publication PC Watch (via Notebook Check), and it varies quite a bit from what eventually hit the market. Namely, the "proof-of-concept" device included a 12-inch display instead of 14. Lenovo also experimented with a 3:2 aspect ratio for the screen.

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Aside from the screen, Lenovo was also experimenting with some other interesting ideas. An expansion kit could be added to the bottom of the device to add more ports; an addition necessitated by the prototype's inclusion of only a single USB-C port. The company also toyed with the idea of adding a webcam into the bezel above the keyboard.

The prototype device is two years old at this point, so it's not a look into what may be coming down the line. The company tells Windows Central that it is considering a 3:2 screen for future Carbon devices, but any decision is likely a ways off.

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Still, if you prefer a 3:2 aspect ratio over the more prevalent 16:9, it's a good sign that Lenovo has at least prototyped the idea. And you can bet that if Lenovo is on board, other companies are experimenting as well.

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