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Lenovo's 15-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme packs dual SSDs and 4K HDR

Lenovo appears to be getting tired of Dell's XPS 15, so they're taking ThinkPad X1 to the limits, literally, with the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme. Here's your first look at this mobile workstation at IFA 2018.

Lenovo's ThinkPad line has been relegated to mostly Ultrabook-class laptops like the Carbon and even some workstations like the P52, but what about combing them into one? The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is meant to be that device offering a premium laptop build with the power of a more powerful laptop. It's also the non-Xeon version of the already announced Lenovo P1.

Featuring Intel Coffee Lake H-series hexa-core processor and up to 64GB of RAM paired with an NVIDIA GeForce maxQ GTX 1050 Ti for graphics the Extreme is undoubtedly a powerhouse.

Backing up that processing power is an option for up to two PCIe SSDs configured as RAID and 2TB for storage.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme specifications and design

CategoryLenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
ProcessorUp to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 with vPro
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4 RAM Non ECC 2666MHz Dual DIMM
Storage2 Devices (2x M.2 2280 PCIe TLC & SATA w/ Raid 0/1 I Up to 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe SSD)
Display size15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS (300 nits)
15.6" 4K (3840x2160) IPS touchscreen (400 nits)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 1050 Ti (MaxQ w/4GB GDDR5)
Ports2x USB 3.1 (1x PWR
2x Thunderbolt 3
1x SD
1 HDMI 2.0
BiometricsWindows Hello
Fingerprint reader
AudioDolby Audio Premium
SecurityThinkShutter, SCR, dTPM 2.0
BatteryUp to 13 hours
Rapid Charge
Dimensions14.24" x 9.67" x 0.72"
Weight3.75 lbs (4.04 lbs w/ touch)
Price & Availability$1,899.99, September

The 15.6" display can be configured with up to a 4K HDR Dolby Vision screen, and there's even Dolby Atmos for audio.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

An optional active pen lets you ink right on the display and even features tilt and shade functions.

For ports, there are two USB 3.1 ports, two for Thunderbolt 3, a full SD slot and HDMI 2.0.

Lenovo is still pushing their ThinkShutter camera cover for those concerned about privacy, and there's an option for an IR camera and a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello.

If you like using Alexa or Cortana, there are also mics for far Field Voice and Wake on Voice as well.

Powering this beastly laptop is an 80WHr battery for up to 15 hours of expected battery life.

Perhaps the most surprising spec though is the weight. All this power comes in at just 3.75 lbs or 1.7kg – that's in large part due to the four layers of reinforced carbon fiber in the top lid.

Pricing for the X1 Extreme starts at 1,859, and it should be available sometime in September.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • 15 hours battery? - What, if you leave it in sleep mode? Hey, does Intel provide you a punch card to keep track of their weekly Spectre patches? I am sticking with Win 10 on Arm.
  • Wish it was a 2in1.... Students who need to do heavy workloads would've appreciated that. That Dolby vision display is beyond impressive though.
  • No Sim Card? What a shame! I think that feature should now be standard on all Lenovo Laptop PCs. I am using a T460s and find that feature very EXTREMELY useful because am always on the go. The only downside is the whacky touchpad. I have tried updating the drivers without much success. I have opted for the Wireless mouse which I find problems using when am the move. I hope X1 Extreme 15 does not have the same touchpad problem Hoping they will introduce an i5 edition with scaled down specs for folks who find the pricing for this one abit higher.