Is Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Extreme available with a 10th Gen Intel processor?
It's still early days for Intel
The new 10th Gen mobile processors from Intel are only just now rolling out with a select few laptops coming equipped with the latest CPUs. Unfortunately for those who are eyeing up the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme, the company wasn't able to work in 10th Gen Intel CPUs by the time the product launched. That means you're left with only a selection of 9th Gen CPUs.
Does this really matter for most consumers? Not particularly. The latest generation of Intel processors come rocking enhanced battery life, improved connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), as well as enhanced support for AI. There's also the vastly more capable Iris Plus integrated GPU that should allow for some pretty good gaming results, especially with the built-in Adaptive Sync (think AMD's FreeSync) support.
If you must buy a notebook with the latest 10th Gen Intel processors right now, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a great choice.
Latest Intel CPUs
Get more done with the latest hardware
Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 refresh packs inside the latest 10th-generation processors from Intel. These new chips offer improved battery life and performance on a smaller nanometer design. This feature means they run cooler and more efficiently, with new AI technology to give you extra performance when you need it.
Lenovo still made a great notebook
That all sounds great on paper, but Intel's 9th Gen processors are still excellent. If you don't mind missing out on better gaming performance, Wi-Fi 6, and some other improvements, the X1 Extreme from Lenovo is still worth considering. It's possible to kit out the X1 Extreme with an Intel Core i7-9850H, an excellent processor for even more demanding tasks.
There's also the fact this laptop comes with up to 64GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and it has room for up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. There is an option for an NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU with the X1 Extreme. It's not the best mobile GPU out there, but it's still capable of handling most modern games at 1080p. You won't be able to crank up the graphics settings, but it will do the trick if you like to enjoy some gaming once in a while in your downtime.
A powerful laptop for power users
Alongside a generous collection of ports, including two Thunderbolt 3, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has multiple display options, powerful hardware including a dedicated GPU, and a comfortable keyboard and touchpad. Just don't expect any 10th Gen Intel CPUs.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.