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Let's check out Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Tablet for 2016

Lenovo is expanding the X1 line beyond Carbon to Yoga and now also to tablets. Their new ThinkPad X1 tablet is aimed at enterprise users who want a full PC in a 12-inch tablet form factor. Lenovo has a few tricks up their sleeves though to make this tablet a little more interesting.

To begin with, Lenovo is using the new Intel Skylake Core M processor. That's the same type of processor found in the entry-level Surface Pro 4, and it is much better spec'd for 2016 than the previous generation, which underperformed. Intel Core M lets Lenovo make a tablet without a fan, and also allows them to skip the more anemic Intel Atom processor, which would be the only other option.

The 12-inch display resolution is a bit different at FHD+ (basically 2K at 2160x1440), and that is due to the 3:2 aspect ratio making this an ideal notepad since this has an active pen. Many of us prefer the 3:2 ratio and the X1 Tablet makes good use of the new real-estate. Other main features include:

  • USB-C port (fully spec'd for video and charging)
  • USB 3.0
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • microSD and a 3.5mm headset jack
  • Built in kickstand

Optionally, users can grab a physical keyboard that connects up to the tablet through contacts at the bottom and three modules to expand the tablet's function. Those modules include one with a 3D Intel RealSense camera for scanning of real-world objects. There is also one to add more ports and battery and one for presenters with a pico projector. All very cool – and useful – features.

Since this is a ThinkPad X1, you can also range this device out just like a laptop including 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage and LTE-A cellular connectivity, which is awesome.

Overall, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is an excellent extension of the X1 name to something beyond just a laptop. While tablets have mixed uses for consumers, an enterprise focused one when combined with the power of Windows 10 could be beneficial to many companies and businesses.

Look for the ThinkPad X1 Tablet to hit store shelves in February starting at $899. The RealSense module will be available in May for $149. The extended battery module will also cost $149 while the projector will cost $279.

More Lenovo hands-on at CES

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Looks slick!  Hope the touchscreen is responsive and accurate.  Windows 10 in desktop mode with touchscreen on small devices can be finicky.   Can't wait to see this and try it out in person.  Perfect iPad replacement. 
  • Is a Pico projector just a small projector because that is awesome if it's what I am thinking of.
  • It's a small, generally low brightness and low resolution projector.  You'll basically need to completely black out the room to get a decent image.  Lenovo's previous device that had this had 35 lumens on the projector, which is anemic.  It's neat, but I doubt anyone would have much use for it.
  • Yeah, it's like they made the projector in their former tabs now a user-replaceabled module instead of permanent:
  • Also found in a hands on on Android Central, our sister site ;-)
  • This is the year for windows tablets at CES.
  • Is this going to have Windows Hello facial recognition support without the Realsense module?  The device in the video appears to only have a single webcam.  The professional photo at the bottom looks to have two cameras.  I'd guess it won't, probably just a mistake in their image, but who knows.
  • Is that a fingerprint reader to the right of the screen?
  • Was woundering the same thing.. suprised that there is no mention of it in the article! unless I just failed at reading
  • It looks unique.
  • Oh, wow! That's really amazing uses of the external connector port. Microsoft limited their's to just keyboards and battery, but this shows a whole lot more potential use cases. Now their projector and many other modules don't have to be permanent in the tablet...very well done Lenovo. From Surface clone to great inspiration for the Surface line...your turn Microsoft, clone this or make something even better.
  • its pretty. I really like it.
  • Not a fan of core m - have an xps 12 - otherwise very slick looking. I wonder, can the ssd be accessed, like in the dell? That would be epic as I want another tablet and pciessd access it's a must!
  • Very nice.
  • Very nice. Price is right too.
  • Look at that amazing keyboard. All keytravels and style from Thinkpad keyboards, but detachable and thin! Really nice. I'd replace my Surface Type Cover (which is already good) for that one.
  • Is there a storage slot for the pen? Is there a kensington security slot?  
  • Core M with lots of RAM!!!! This might steal some Surface Pro 4 M-core sales away from Microsoft. OR, possibly get Microsoft to let the buyer get more than 4 Gigs of ram with the fanless version of the Surface Pro 4? Let me have 8 gigs of ram and I will give my I5 SP4 to my coworker immediately.
  • Does anyone else see the resemblance between this and the Mixx 700, they almost seem like the exact same products other then the modules. Lenovo and the public kind of forgot about the Mixx 700 as it has gotten no publicity. Thoughts?
  • Why nobody is saying anything about pen? Is it wacom or what?
  • It is pretty clear that Microsoft's goal of pulling up the quality, design, and functionality of pcs is (and has been) working. OEMs complained at first that MS was competing, but I think it will be good for Everyone in the near and long term.
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