01-07-2018 10:09 AM - edited 01-07-2018 06:42 PM
(Image courtesy of Lenovo)
Disclaimer: Lenovo graciously provided the hardware for me to review, and to use in support of customers in this community and on social channels. The words, impressions, and most of the images in this article are mine. Stock images provided by Lenovo are so indicated.
The Consumer Electronics Show is always an exciting time for lovers of technology, and for me especially, as long-time fan, user and collector of ThinkPads. This year is no different, as I wait to see what Lenovo has in store for us. Even better is that this year I am fortunate to be able to participate in the pre-CES excitement!
Several weeks ago, a package arrived on my doorstep. It was immediately recognizable as a ThinkPad box, and an X1 model, too.
This is a pre-production unit. The packaging was complete, yet basic. Included in the box were the tablet, the thin keyboard, a 65W USB-C power adapter and cord, the Lenovo Active Pen along with its holder, and a setup guide.
A blacked-out ThinkPad logo, a new stand hinge system, a new pen holder mounting device, new X1 badging, and an 8th generation Core i7 vPro quad-core CPU inside!
Left side, top to bottom: Combo nanoSIM / microSD slot, Thunderbolt 3 port, 2nd Thunderbolt 3 port / power port, Kensington lock hole, a notch to open the stand, and a combo microphone / headphone jack.
Right side, top to bottom: Power switch, exhaust vent, volume controls, and a notch to open the stand that also serves as the mounting point for the pen holder.
Along the top of the tablet is the discrete, full-length air inlet.
Innovative engineering in the cooling system looks to be quite efficient at keeping things cool under the hood.
(Image courtesy of Lenovo)
As in past generations, the keyboard can be positioned either angled, or flat, to accommodate user preference and comfort.
New for the Gen3 is a beautiful 13", 3000 x 2000 display, with Gorilla® Glass. The 3:2 aspect ratio really is the sweet-spot for tablets, in my opinion!
The platform specifications are impressive for a tablet-style device.
Right out of the box, this unit exudes ThinkPad (and X1) quality. It has a solid, substantial feel. Fit and finish look perfect to my eye even though it is a pre-production unit. In fact, I think most people would be hard-pressed to tell it wasn't a production model.
The battery was about half-charged when I received it, so I was able to immediately begin looking at the specs and configuration. This is a top-spec'ed unit!
...and it feels like it! It's very fast, especially for a tablet-style device! In my initial testing and every-day usage, I've experienced no issues of note. As I don't have a data plan beyond my cellular phone, I won't likely be testing out the WWAN functionality.
For those who like benchmarking info, I ran AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark on the drive. Also included is HWInfo's summary screen.
There are several noticeable differences from last year's Gen2 X1 Tablet:
That's it, for now, so I'll leave you with a few more pictures to keep the excitement up!
(Images courtesy of Lenovo)
If you have questions about this device, please post them in the community, and I will try to answer.
In a follow-up post, I will be comparing this unit to the 2nd generation X1 Tablet more fully, so stay tuned. Until then, be sure to get all of the Lenovo news coming out of CES by following #LenovoCES on Twitter!
01-08-2018 06:11 PM
It looks like a great little machine.
01-09-2018 10:29 AM
It looks to be built like a tank! Love it!
02-15-2018 09:14 AM
I wonder if this could be realistically used as a "laptop", i.e., on one's lap. I imagine it won't be super convenient but wonder whether it is even physically feasible.
02-16-2018 05:54 AM - edited 02-16-2018 05:54 AM
Thanks for the question.
In my experience, with the stand redesign, it's better than the 2nd Gen. That said, it's still not the same as using a traditional clamshell design laptop on one's lap.
It's not an issue, at least for me, since I rarely use laptops on my lap.
02-24-2018 07:37 PM
Hi, would you mind letting us know the battery life? The gen 3 battery is 42wh, which is just slightly higher than the gen 2 battery. However the gen 3 has larger screen, higher resolution, and more demanding CPU. I'm worrying that battery could be a big issue for the gen 3.