The Updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Fibre Weave Optional
Another Shot At Whiskey Lake
Getting the bad news out of the way first, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon does not have an Ice Lake processor, so if you have your heart set on a laptop with the new integral GPU you should hold off a few months. That said, Ars Technica confirmed the inclusion of a 10th gen Intel CPU will be the only change in the next model. This model shows of an impressive increase in battery life, Ars saw 17.5 hours on their default test and about 11.3 hours when pushing graphically intensive workloads, a significant difference from the previous models 12 hours and 6 hours respectively.
There are various display options such as 4K, touch, and privacy-filter display options as well a number of aesthetic choices, such as a black model with a carbon fibre texture on the top. Check out their full review for more details on connectivity as well as performance.
If you can live with an older (yet still speedy) processor, the seventh-generation X1 Carbon is just as solid of a laptop as its predecessors, and it's made better by an updated design, good performance, and a killer battery life.