Monday, January 4, 2016

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Surface Super-Clone Can Add camera, Projector or Battery Modules

The ThinkPad X1 tablet could have copied the Surface Pro 4 and called it a day, but instead it built in more versatility.


Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Tablet takes the Surface Pro 4 concept and does it three better, offering several modules that can add features to the basic, $899 tablet with keyboard. The ThinkPad X1 also debuts with USB-C ports that can handle power, data, and video.

The kickstand unfolds gently from the back of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet.

The ThinkPad X1 starts as an 8.4 mm thin, 1.75-pound that fattens to 13mm and 2.4 pounds total when you attach the included keyboard. This is what you’d call the Surface clone part, but arguably with a much better standard keyboard. Even the basic features can be impressive: up to an Intel 6th-gen (Skylake) core m7 vPro CPU, up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD, and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory. The 12-inch IPS display offers crisp Full HD+ (2160x1440 pixels). This tablet isn’t messing around. 

My favorite is the $279 Presenter module, which adds a tiny Pico projector and HDMI in/out. I’ve long envied this fun and handy feature on Lenovo Yoga Android tablets, but there’s no love lost for lugging full projectors on business trips.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet gives Surface shoppers something to think about—a competitor that isn’t just a good copycat, but someone who brought something new to the mix. We look forward to seeing more Surface clones push on the concept during CES.

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