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The ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga get updated with 500-nit, 4K displays

Lenovo introduced two updated ThinkPad X1 laptops just ahead of CES 2020 hitting Las Vegas next week. Overall, the displays are their biggest improvements over Lenovo’s 2019 models, offering at least four different options from Full HD to Ultra HD.

You’ll also find configurations featuring PrivacyGuard to protect your on-screen data from nosy strangers. Lenovo “enhanced” the keyboards as well to include unified communication controls.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Gen 8 Carbon
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The X1 Carbon is now part of Intel’s Project Athena announced during CES last year. This initiative aims to develop thin and light laptops with long battery life, fast response times, and instant wake from sleep. Just the same, there are no changes this year to the physical chassis of the X1 Carbon or X1 Yoga.

The X1 Carbon is still made of that same carbon-fiber texture, which keeps the system lightweight and durable. It weighs just 2.4 pounds and is 0.58 inches thick.

Last year, Lenovo upgraded the X1 Yoga to a premium, all-aluminum chassis. That hasn’t changed in 2020, and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga still measures in 0.60 inches thick and 2.99 pounds.

There are, however, a number of changes to the internals and display options available.

Both the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga use Intel’s 10th-generation “Comet Lake U” Core i5 and i7 processors up to a Core i7 six-core chip. You’ll see configurations supporting vPro as well.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a 14-inch IPS screen served up in five flavors. The 1080p model includes a 400-nit option, a 400-nit option with touch, and a 500-nit option with Touch and PrivacyGuard. You have the option for either a 300-nit 1440p resolution screen or the best model, the 4K HDR 400 model, which goes up to 500 nits.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga features a 14-inch screen with the same four display options, except all include touchscreens.

Models with PrivacyGuard prevent onlookers from spying on your screen when glancing from the side. Previous models included a keystroke to manually alter the brightness so strangers can’t see anything from the side. Now the included PrivacyAlert software detects prying eyes and automatically dims the screen.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5
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Other features thrown in these devices include 8GB or 16GB of system memory (LPDDR3), up to 2TB of storage on a PCIe SSD, LTE CAT9 and CAT16 connectivity, Thunderbolt 3, and the company’s ThinkShutter covering the webcam. The X1 Carbon features a 180-degree hinge allows you to lay the device flat on a table and share the screen with others, while the Yoga has a 360-degree hinge to enable Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet modes.

Finally, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon promises a battery life of up to 18.5 hours, while the Yoga aims for 15 hours.

Both laptops ship this year, with the X1 Carbon starting at $1,499 and the X1 Yoga starting at $1,599.

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