Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (2019) with 4K, GeForce GTX 1650 now on sale

What you need to know

  • The second-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is now available to order.
  • The 2019 refresh ratchets up the power with Intel's 9th Gen Core CPUs, GeForce 1650 graphics, and 4K display options.
  • You can order the laptop directly from Lenovo now (opens in new tab) with prices starting at $2,460.

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is now available to buy directly from Lenovo's website (opens in new tab), with prices starting at $2,460. The portable workhorse looks largely the same on the outside, but it's been updated and revamped on the inside to add a healthy dose of power.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes with this latest refresh is the performance increase delivered by Intel's 9th Gen Core CPUs. The processors available include the 9th Gen H series Core chips ranging up to a i7-9850H CPU, though the Core i9 chip is expected to be available as an option as well. Likewise, graphics have also seen a boost with the addition of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 graphics.

That's a healthy step up from last year's models, which came with 8th Gen CPUs and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

The display options range from a 1080p panel with HDR 400 at 500 nits of brightness up to a 4K panel with HDR 400 at 500 nits. Lenovo is also planning to release a 4K OLED display option, which should make for incredibly poppy colors, but it's currently listed as "coming soon."

Other features include up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage, and IR camera and fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard.

The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is available at Lenovo now (opens in new tab), with prices starting at $2,459. We're expecting 4K OLED display and Intel Core i9 CPU options to become available soon, but there are plenty of ways to configure the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

1 Comment
  • How good is adjusting the brightness with a 500 nits display? Because Windows 10 has always 11 steps to adjust brightness. In my conclusion the 500 nits display cannot be adjusted as fine as my T480 with 250 nits. My stressed eyes need the proper (less) brightness and cannot make so much compromise. My T480 at work has fine adjustment and 250 nits is enough for inside, but outside it is too less, and also FHD is not sharp enough for me. Thats why I am interested in X1 Extreme 4K with 500 nits. I am almost always inside. Do you know a software from lenovo which allows adjusting brightness of high-brightness displays like 500 nits in a more fine way than Windows 10? Do you know a 3rd party software or a hack to allow adjusting brightness in fine 1 % steps? I would love to hear your feedback to my question because X1 Extreme Gen. 2 with 4K is my favorite laptop to buy. Thanks for your tests!