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Lenovo’s Surface Pro clone gets serious, while its ThinkPad X1 series goes on a diet

The second part of Lenovo’s massive CES 2017 invasion has begun with the introduction of a new Miix 2-in-1 device and the next generation of its ThinkPad X1 family of products. The new Miix 720 targets both business and general customers, while the updated ThinkPad X1 line mostly targets professionals. What users will see in this specific retail attack are features like Thunderbolt 3, Wireless AD (WiGig) connectivity, IR cameras supported by Windows Hello, and storage options supporting the OPAL2 certification.

So let’s dive in!

Lenovo Miix 720 with Lenovo Active Pen 2

For starters, we have the Lenovo Mixx 720, a 2-in-1 device with a detachable backlit keyboard. The company offers many different configurations, so the specifications listed below are more generalized. The device packs a seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of system memory, and a nice 2,880 x 1,920 resolution that should be great for outdoor use due to an incredibly high level of brightness.

What’s notable about the Miix 720 is that it includes an IR camera on the front along with the 1MP camera. It supports Windows Hello so that users merely look at the Miix 720 to unlock the device without the need for login credentials. It also sports a USB 3.1 Type-C port and an included Lenovo Active Pen for writing by hand directly on the screen, to hand-edit photos, and more.

However, what customers won’t see here is a Signature Edition of Windows 10, which is a clean install of Microsoft’s latest operating system without all the bloat. Lenovo has loaded on the extra software with 15 software installs including Lenovo Photo Master 2.0, McAfee LiveSafe, Lenovo Cloud Disk, Yandex, Lenovo PC Manager, and more.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Display: 12 inches
Resolution: 2,880 x 1,920 @ 400 nits
Processor: Up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7
Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4
Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: Up to 1TB PCI Express SSD
Audio: Dual Dolby-enabled stereo speakers
Battery: 41 Watt hour up to 8 hours
Connectivity: 2×2 Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.1
Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x Micro SD slot
1x Headphone/microphone jack
Colors: Champagne
Iron Gray
Cameras: Front – 1MP with IR camera
Back – 5MP with auto-focus
Size: 11.5 x 8.27 x 0.35 inches without keyboard
11.53 x 8.5 x 0.57 inches with keyboard
Weight: Starting at 1.72 pounds without keyboard
Starting at 2.42 pounds with keyboard
Included accessories: Full-sized backlit keyboard
Lenovo Active Pen v1 (first wave)
Lenovo Active Pen v2 (second wave)
Starting price: $999
Availability: April 2017

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Carbon hits the market with Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition, which is a clean install of Microsoft’s operating system without all the added bloatware OEMs love to install. It packs a seventh-generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of system memory, and six storage options, depending on the customer’s needs. Four of those options support OPAL2, a specification for securing data on storage devices.

Lenovo deems the X1 Carbon as its smallest, thinnest business ultrabook to date due to a slim, carbon-fiber reinforced chassis. It measures just 0.6 inches thin when closed and weighs only 2.51 pounds, making it a great solution for trips to a client’s office or for working on an airplane. There are plenty of connectivity options stuffed into the ultra-thin form factor too such as Wireless AD (WiGig) connectivity, 4G cellular connectivity, and Thunderbolt 3 for expanding the laptop’s capabilities with a single cable.

On the security front, the laptop has an IR camera option supported by Windows Hello, enabling users to simply look at the laptop to unlock the device. Adding to that is a fingerprint reader option also supported by Windows Hello for swiping a finger instead of manually entering a username and password. Both are great when using the laptop in public, in a client’s office, and so on.

Operating system: Windows 10 Pro Signature Edition
Display: 14 inches
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 (IPS @ 300 nits)
1,920 x 1,080 (IPS @ 300 nits)
Processor: Up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7
Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR3 @ 1,866MHz
Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage: 128GB SATA-based SSD
180GB SATA-based SSD (Intel)
256GB PCIe-based OPAL2 SSD (Intel)
256GB PCIe-based OPAL2 SSD
512GB PCIe-based OPAL2 SSD (Intel)
512GB PCIe-based OPAL2 SSD
Audio: Dolby Audio Premium
Battery: Up to 15.5 hours
Connectivity: Wireless AD (WiGig)
Wireless AC
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC (optional)
LTE-A 4G Cellular (optional)
Ports: 2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
Colors: Black, Silver
Cameras: 720p Webcam
IR camera (optional)
Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight: Starting at 2.49 pounds
Security: Discrete Trusted Platform Module 2.0
Fingerprint reader (optional)
Starting price: $1,349
Availability: February 2017
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