Lenovo launch an update to their thinkpad series at CES 2020. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) is an update to the series of premium ultraportables laptops.
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The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) model delivers superb mobile performance with long-lasting battery life, best-in-class connectivity, and rapid charging technology.
As a business ultrabooks series, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) laptop comes featuring industrial design, low weight, compact dimensions, a lot of security features, and strong hardware.
The 8th Gen Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2020) support Dolby Atmos as well as 4K Dolby Vision. It is a secured-core PCs with a couple of interesting additions to help boost the Laptop’s focus on business privacies.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Key Specs & Features
- Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
- Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 with up to 6 cores
- Up to 14-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS with Dolby Vision™ HDR400, 500 nits, 10 bit.
- Up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
- Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
- Spill resistant and Backlit Keyboard with white LED lighting
- Match-on-Chip Fingerprint Reader
- ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
- ThinkPad PrivacyAlert
- HD 720p Web camera
- Dolby Atmos Speaker System
- WWAN slot
- Up to 18 hours Battery Life
Lenovo has made no major difference in the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) model. The 8th Gen X1 Carbon looks identical to the 7th Gen version at first glance, but a couple of interesting upgrades as been made to spice things up a bit on the inside.
On the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2020) lid is a stylishly inscribed Trademark at the top right corner and a new X1 logo on the bottom-right.
Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) model also maintain its 2.4 pounds and 0.6 inches thickness, hence, the durable yet lightweight body built.
The Lid is made of a carbon-fiber weave with metal alloys, thus enabling the slim, sleek and ultraportable design.
The X1 Carbon features a 180-degree hinge allows you to lay the device flat on a table and share the screen with others.
Similarly, you still have the same trimmed bezel on the predecessor present on the 2020 Gen 8 model. The bezel accommodates the 750p HD Web Camera and light ThinkShutter privacy cover.
Lenovo, however, made some changes on the Lenovo 8th Gen Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2020) keyboard. You can now make a conference (call / hangup / messaging) with a press on the F9, F10 and F11 keys.
Finally, the 8th generation Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2020) laptop still has the dedicated smooth touchpad, native rubber TrackPoint positioned between the G, H, and B keys and a A fingerprint reader beside the touchpad, like its predecessor.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) comes featuring five (5) display options just like the last year model. However, the is a brand new display option which is the highest deal for the 8th Gen laptop.
All the options features 14-inch screen size but different resolution, display panel and brightness options.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) offers three model with the same screen resolution of FHD (1920 x 1080) with IPS display type. However, one of the model comes with a Touchscreen panel with PrivacyGuard.
The PrivacyGuard which is a security technology which helps limit the display’s viewing angles, making it more difficult for others to peak at your screen.
This feature coupled with 500 nits brightness results into a crispy, crystal clear display.
The remaining two display options with the 1920 x 1080 resolution are low power panel with 400 nits brightness. One of the the display however, comes with a touchscreen panel. Unfortunately, this low power laptop are notorious for draining batteries.
For the premium option, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 2020 model offers a 4K UHD screen which is notably brighter, sharper and more vibrant than the FHD option, hence, it delivers a visual feast that’s detailed, bright and incredibly vibrant.
Similarly, the 14-inches 4K UHD display with IPS panel packs display features which includes Dolby Vision, HDR400, and brightness up to 500 nits.
Furthermore, Lenovo offers a mid-range display option with WQHD IPS panel backed by a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and offers 300 nits brightness for better viewing experience.
Although the 4K UHD screen offers display benefits more than the WQHD and FHD panel, all the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) model viewing angles are solid with 16:9 screen aspect ratio, thus resulting into a bigger view of picture.
Processor and Storage
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) is built on Intel Comet Lake Core processors. This Intel 10th gen processors comes with options for up to the six-core Intel Core i7-10810U processor.
Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 8 are the first Intel Athena Certified laptops by Lenovo, hence, it improves battery life, boot time, or wake up time.
Furthermore, Lenovo confirmed that the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) is available with intel vPro which will be an additional energy boost since vPro variations of Comet Lake are not available on other laptops.
Similarly, Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) model CPU is paired with an Integreted Intel UHD 620 Graphics and up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB PCIe SSD space.
For smooth user experience, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 run on Windows 10 Pro operating system out-of-the-box. This OS is recommended by Lenovo for business enterprises.
Although there is also an option of Windows 10 Home, but, the Windows 10 Pro offers a lot of privacy and security options.
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) also comes with a 51Wh battery which offers up to 18 hours of uninterrupted usage at a charge.
It also comes with Lenovo’s Rapid Charge utility, this fast charging technology enables the laptop to use a 65 W charger to raise the battery level to 80% in just one hour.
The 8th gen Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon devices work with ThinkPad PrivacyAlert, which can tell when someone is looking at your screen and automatically turn on PrivacyGuard.
These two features are optional, however, you can always enjoy other security functions on the lesser model.
It comes with dTPM 2.0, a secure crypto-processor that helps you with actions such as generating, storing, and limiting the use of cryptographic keys.
Similarly, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) also comes Kensington lock slot, FIDO authentication capabilities, optional touch fingerprint reader and other security and privacy enabling features
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 also comes with connectivity options which includes Bluetooth 5.0., WiFi 802.11ax and NFC, along with integrated LTE supporting up to Cat16.
It also comes ports by the sides of the laptop for easy sharing and accessing, these includes two Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI 1.4, a Dolby Atmos speaker system and a full four microphones.
Finally, you get to also enjoy the Lenovo Vantage utility which lets you choose among different audio profiles for music, movies, voice and games.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) Price and Availability
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) price starts at around $1,499 depending on the configuration. It is not yet available.
The business laptop is available on Lenovo’s official store and other third-party e-commerce platforms like Amazon.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020) Specs
Here are a few specs of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 (2020):
- OS: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 with up to 6 cores
- GPU: Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
- Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR3
- Colours: Black, Black with Carbon-Fiber Weave on top cover
- Dimension: 323mm x 218mm x 14.9mm
- Weight: 1.09kg
Display & Keyboard
- Display: 14″ 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS with Dolby Vision™ HDR400, 500 nits, 14″ FHD IPS PrivacyGuard, 500 nits, 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch, 300 nits, 14″ FHD, low power, 400 nits, 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440), 300 nits
- Keyboard: Backlit with white LED lighting and multimedia FN keys, spill resistant
- Pointing Device: Yes
- Built-in Storage: Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
- Optical Storage: –
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Webcam: HD 720p with ThinkShutter privacy cover, Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD with ThinkShutter
- USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1), 2 x USB Type C (Thunderbolt)
- HDMI: Yes, HDMI 1.4
- Thunderbolt Ports: 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt™ 3
- DisplayPort: –
- VGA: –
- Ethernet (RJ-45): –
- SD Slot: –
- Mic/Headphone: Yes
- WLAN: –
- Bluetooth: –
- NFC: Yes, Optional
- Docking Connector: –
- Mobile Broadband: Yes, Optional WWAN Integrated Global Mobile Broadband 4G LTE-A
- Match-on-chip fingerprint reader
- Dolby Audio
- Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
- Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
- Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*
- ThinkShutter webcam privacy cover
- Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
- Kensington lock slot
- WiFi 802.11 AX (2 x 2)
- Battery: 51Wh
- Use Time: Up to 18 hours
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