All of Lenovo’s new ThinkPads have what Lenovo is calling a Communications Bar, which is really just a chunky notch on the screen’s top border. In the three upcoming ThinkPad X1 laptops announced today, the notch allows for four microphones, plus a powerful webcam packing a larger-than-average camera sensor for a laptop at 1.4 µm. In the case of the two ThinkPad Z-series laptops announced Tuesday, there are only two microphones. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10’s thicker top bezel helps Lenovo fit four mics and a bigger camera sensor.
It’s a new year, which means it’s time to upgrade your laptop. If 2022 is anything like 2021, many premium and business users will be juggling work and family life, possibly both at work and at home. Lenovo’s newest batch of laptops for these power users has a bevy of technologies that the company promises will help you collaborate at your best, even if it means a chunkier notch for your display’s top bezel. The Communications Bar on the new ThinkPads
New ThinkPad X1 laptops. Lenovo’s 2022 ThinkPad X1 laptops will start rolling out in March. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 starts at $1,639, while the ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 will start at $1,659 and the ThinkPad Yoga Gen 7 at $1,749. All three have up to 14 CPU cores, courtesy of Intel’s 12th-gen mobile CPU lineup, 32GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 has a 14-inch screen with up to 3840 x 2400 resolution and the option for OLED or IPS. Redesigned keycaps are meant to allow for more air intake to keep the device cool and spill-resistant. It comes with up to a 12th-gen Intel U- or P-series CPU and has a starting weight of 2.48 pounds.
Enlarge / The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10’s thicker top bezel helps Lenovo fit four mics and a bigger camera sensor. The new ThinkPad X1s can go up to a 1080p IR MIPI camera with a physical shutter and computer vision, which uses a neural processing unit to tell if you’re sitting in front of the PC. That way, the laptop knows if it should wake up or go dim when you look away, which saves battery and protects privacy. Lenovo even claims you can wear a face mask and use the feature. The notch is also supposed to make opening and closing the laptop easier, but Lenovo made that same promise to me with the IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro, and I wasn’t impressed.
The ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 is a lighter, smaller option, with a starting weight of 2.13 lbs. Its 13-inch screen is limited to 2160 x 1350 resolution and 450 nits brightness. Lenovo opted for up to a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 P28-series processor with 14 cores here. This is the heaviest in the bunch, with a starting weight of 3 pounds. The 2-in-1’s 14-inch screen can go up to a 3840 x 2400 OLED panel. Lenovo said it will make the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 available with up to Core i7 U15 and P28-series processors.