Skip to main content

Leak reveals the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Nano, a next-generation 5G laptop

A new ThinkPad X1 Nano laptop could be in the works. Spotted by WalkingCat on Twitter, it features slim bezels and a new 16:10 aspect ratio on the screen, as well as 5G and 4G connectivity.

Though a series of slides sent out by WalkingCat does detail some already released laptops, one of the more interesting reveals is a glimpse of the ThinkPad X1 Nano in what could shape up to be most of its glory. Lenovo is apparently calling the device “the lightest ThinkPad ever built,” highlighting that its weight comes in at sub 1 kilogram — or 2.2 pounds.

More importantly, though, the leaked slide also shows that the X1 Nano sport an “ultra-narrow screen,” and an 85% screen-to-body ratio. Slim on all four sides, the listed specs in the slide suggest the laptop will come in the 16:10 aspect ratio that cuts out the typical bottom chin on the screen. This would be the same as the Dell XPS 13, which has the same, taller screen to allow for more on-screen room for multitasking.


Other target specifications revealed from the slide include that the laptop is apparently 14.8 mm thick, the same as the XPS 13. It also could sport Intel’s next-generation Tiger Lake chipset under the hood, 16GB of RAM, and have a target battery life of up to 17 hours.

Elsewhere, the slide mentions support for 4×4 MIMO LTE and 5G networks. Joining the Lenovo Flex 5G, which is another 5G laptop, it would be a great travel companion for living life without worrying about Wi-Fi.

Of course, the device also appears to support an optional touchscreen, as has been standard on most ThinkPads. It will come outfitted in what Lenovo calls “a premium carbon-fiber design” and “optional weave A cover.” As for connectivity, the slide mentions two Thunderbolt USB-C ports and an audio jack.

It’s not clear when these slides were released and nothing has been confirmed as of yet. As always, this means that the X1 Nano should just be regarded as a rumor. But with Dell fresh off the release of the XPS 13, XPS 15, and XPS 17, it’s not too surprising to see Lenovo refresh its own lineup with similar design features.

Editors' Recommendations

Arif Bacchus
Arif Bacchus is a native New Yorker and a fan of all things technology. Arif works as a freelance writer at Digital Trends…
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s hands-on review: ARM-powered ThinkPad
thinkpad x13s hands on new specs price photos x13 gen 1 featured image

Lenovo's best laptops have always had Intel or AMD inside, but in a first, there's now a new ThinkPad powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 compute platform.

More specifically, it is the ThinkPad X13s, an ARM-powered device that's unlike a regular ThinkPad in more ways than one. With promising always-on, always-connected performance and a fantastic sustainable design, this Lenovo laptop feels different from past Windows on ARM devices, and after trying one ahead of Mobile World Congress, it dares to take on Apple's M1 MacBooks in the business realm.

Read more
iPad Air 5 getting upgraded camera, chip, and 5G in 2022
Fifth generation Apple iPad Air.

Apple is reportedly eyeing an early 2022 release for the fifth-generation iPad Air, with some attractive upgrades such as 5G support and faster silicon at its heart. As per a report from Japanese blog Macotakara that cites reliable sources, the iPad Air 5 might arrive alongside the iPhone SE refresh in spring 2022.

Let’s start with the unsurprisingly disappointing part first. The iPad Air 5 is said to carry the same design as its predecessor that hit the shelves late in 2020. It arrived with an iPad Pro-esque design makeover back then. And given Apple’s love for using the same fundamental design for at least a couple of generations, an unchanged aesthetic profile for the upcoming iPad Air 5 is not at all shocking. But hey, at least buyers won’t be limited to boring shades like gray or silver, if the previous iPad Air is anything to go by. However, it’s unclear if Apple is adding any shades to the mix this year.
Same looks, meaningful improvements

Read more
Lenovo enhances ThinkPad X1 line with audio, video, and security updates
Lenovo ThinkPad announcement featured image.

Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad models at CES 2022, with features aimed at improving the experience of hybrid workers. Common to all models is a new "communications bar" that houses a Full HD (1920 x 1080) webcam and infrared camera for improved video quality and security, along with 360-degree far-field quad array microphones for enhanced Dolby audio.

The communications bar also provides something to grab onto when opening the lid. Also new is the improved Computer Vision (CV) technology that enhances the ThinkShield security by improving user presence detection for smarter privacy, more convenient login, and better energy management. Finally, ThinkPad X1 models now support Tile's full suite of location features, allowing users to find their PCs for up to 14 days even when it's shut down.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10

Read more