Lenovo updates ThinkPad laptops with modern CPUs and recycled metals

Lenovo today announced upcoming updates to the ThinkPad X1 lineup, including the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The 2023 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Nano will get new Intel CPUs and use recycled materials for the first time.

According to Lenovo’s announcement, the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11, 13-inch ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8, and ThinkPad Nano Gen 3 will each use up to 97 percent post-consumer content (PCC) in their products. The battery enclosures and 95 percent PPC plastic in the laptops’ speaker enclosures, plus the included AC adapters.

What’s more, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 will have a palm rest that rotates with 90 percent recycled magnesium. Meanwhile, the shell’s bottom cover will be 55 percent recycled aluminum.

Lenovo said its ThinkPad X1 Nano 2-in-1, the lightest PC (2.13 pounds) in the Lenovo ThinkPad lineup, will have a palm rest and bottom lid that are 90 percent “recycled magnesium hybrid.”

None of these materials represent groundbreaking laptop designs, but they do offer recycled parts for Lenovo’s most popular series for professional business users. Also, laptops that use recycled materials and can be recycled themselves make them less environmentally friendly. The upcoming ThinkPad X1 didn’t get TCO certification for IT sustainability before next year’s release, but previous generations did.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8.
Zoom in / Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8.

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In addition to eco-friendly packaging, Lenovo said all of its laptops are eligible for its CO22 Offset Services Program. The program allows you to purchase carbon offsets based on Lenovo’s estimated projected carbon emissions for five years of device use. In October, Lenovo claimed that carbon offset purchases of ThinkPad and ThinkBook computers offset more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Lenovo’s announcement of upcoming laptops today also highlighted the Lenovo Commercial Vantage app preload, claiming it can help users conserve energy. The app includes features like Human Presence Detection, which uses your laptop’s camera to detect if you’re nearby and will lock the system if you’re not.

Along with eco-friendly parts, the new ThinkPads will continue the trend of work-from-home and mixed-work practices. Each laptop can combine AI with its own camera to provide posture warnings and “eye health alerts,” while the new X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga will be able to dim their screen or alert you when they sense someone is looking at the screen over your shoulder. Webcams for laptops are up to 1080p resolution with RGB and IR sensors and have physical shutters.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3.
Zoom in / Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3.

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Further, we can expect ThinkPad laptops to come with Intel’s 13th generation mobile processors, otherwise known as Raptor Lake; Although, since Intel hasn’t announced it yet, all Lenovo can say is that the systems will feature the latest Intel ones. Among the 2022 lineup, the Gen 10 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, and ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 all arrive at i7-1280P.

All three laptops will maintain a decent port selection despite being about 0.6 inches thick, with two USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0b, and a 3.5mm jack.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga will have 64GB of LPDDR5 RAM, while the Nano RAM will max out at 16GB. Each laptop can be configured with up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.

Screen selection is similar to last year, with the screens sporting a 16:10 aspect ratio. The X1 Carbon’s screen will go up to 3840 x 2400 with VESA’s True Black 500 certification and a brightness claim of 400 nits. Meanwhile, the X1 Yoga’s OLED screen has the same resolution but claims up to 500 nits, while the X1 Nano’s will max out at a 2160 x 1350 IPS display at 450nit.

The updated Lenovo ThinkPad X1 lineup will be released in April. The X1 Carbon is expected to start at $1,729, the X1 Yoga at $1,859, and the X1 Nano at $1,649.

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