Lenovo's super light ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen2 gets a 28W 12th Gen CPU, Dolby Voice, and touchscreen option

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano G2 Front
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano G2 Front (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the second generation of its 2.1lb ThinkPad Nano laptop.
  • The Ultrabook gets 12th Gen processors, a new touchscreen option, and a full HD camera.
  • The CPU jumps from just 15W to a more powerful 28W P-series Intel chip.
  • The X1 Nano features Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and now Dolby Voice with AI noise cancelation.

Lenovo first introduced the X1 Nano back at the last CES in 2021. The laptop's concept is quite simple: It's literally a smaller version of the best business laptop, the X1 Carbon, but meant for frequent travelers. We reviewed the computer and were surprised just how much we liked it due to the excellent keyboard 2K display, options for 4G/5G, and being so light and portable.

Now, Lenovo is introducing the Gen 2 of the X1 Nano, and it brings with it some substantial improvements.

The first, and most important, is the processor. Sure, it's getting Intel's latest 12th Gen chips with the new P- and E-core architecture, but it's the type of processor that's important. The first-gen Nano used the Intel 11th Gen i7-1160G7 (max 15W), whereas its bigger brother could go up to a Core i7-1185G7 (max 28W).

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OSUp to Windows 11 Pro
Ubuntu Linux
ProcessorUp to 12th Gen Intel
Core i7 vPro
P28 series
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display13 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2160x1350 (2K)
100% sRGB, 450 nits
Touch, non-touch
Low blue light
Dolby Vision
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio
Nano SIM
AudioDolby Atmos
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
5G sub-6
eSIM or Nano SIM
CameraFront-facing FHD
IR camera
Camera shutter
Human Presence Detection
SecurityFingerprint reader
IR camera
dTPM 2.0
Webcam shutter
65W Type-C adapter
Dimensions11.5 x 8.19 x 0.58 inches
(293.3mm x 208.1mm x 14.77mm)
WeightFrom 2.13 pounds (970g)
ColorDeep Black
Carbon fiber weave top (optional)
AvailabilityApril 2022
PriceFrom $1,659

For Gen 2, Lenovo can actually squeeze in a Core i7-1280P 28-watt processor giving this laptop way more power. Going with that new chip is a new thermal design to match its heat output and performance. These CPUs are also Intel Evo and vPro certified.

RAM jumps from just 16GB LPDDR4X up to a max of 32GB LPDDR5 memory with Gen 2, and there is now greater PCIe SSD storage going from just 1TB to now 2TB when configured.

The screen stays mostly the same, but there is some improvement there. Lenovo notes that the 13-inch 16:10 Dolby Vision 2K display now has an optional touch display that uses "new add on film touch (AOFT) technology to enable a better interactive experience without adding much weight."

Obviously, as a business productivity machine, video meetings are a big deal. The new X1 ThinkPads Lenovo is bringing onboard its "communications bar," highlighting the camera and microphones. The X1 Nano's webcam is bumped to full HD with separate IR and RGB sensors for improved quality. There is also the new Dolby Voice, which uses AI to filter out background noise in real-time.

And, like last time, there is still Lenovo's "Intelligent Security," including human presence detection to lock and unlock your laptop without touching it automatically.

There's even a heavy focus on sustainability, a common theme with all laptop OEMs in 2022, as the ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 is shipped in plastic-free, tapeless, fully-recyclable packaging.

Overall, this is one exciting little machine and we can wait to get our hands on it.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 will be available from April 2022, with an expected starting price of $1,659.

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.