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X1 / X1 Carbon trivia

#1 Post by w0qj » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:42 am

Some trivia regarding the original X1, and subsequent X1 Carbon models up to 2019

I personally would prefer Mark I, Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV, etc. for naming X1 Carbon (eg: X1 Carbon Mark VII, or X1 Carbon Mk VII):
But just look at X1 Carbon, it's a naming mess? Even avid ThinkPad users may have trouble figuring their X1 Carbon is which generation??

X1 Carbon 7th Generation = 2019 June launch
X1 Carbon 6th Generation = 2018 Jan launch
X1 Carbon 5th Generation = 2017 Jan launch
X1 Carbon 4th Generation = 2016 Jan launch
X1 Carbon 3rd Generation = 2015 Jan launch
X1 Carbon 2nd Generation = 2014 Jan launch
X1 Carbon 1st Generation = 2012 June launch
X1** Hybrid (Again, this was not X1 Carbon): 2012 Jan launch
X1* (The Original X1; this is not X1 Carbon): 2011 June launch

www.cnet.com/news/the-laptop-with-two-b ... wn-on-cpus
www.neowin.net/news/lenovo-unveils-2012 ... magic-word

'*' - X1: the Original X1 is different from the first model of X1 Carbon.ie: the Original X1 came used a 2.5" SATA SSD)
'**' - X1 Hybrid: This is basically same as the Original X1 (circa 2011), but with a hybrid CPU

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[Edit: Above was originally from another thread]:
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.ph ... 71#p835171
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Re: X1 / X1 Carbon trivia

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:56 am

The original X1 was like a T420s but stuck with a chiclet keyboard, 1366x768 screen, and glossy Gorilla Glass layer. :cry:
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Re: X1 / X1 Carbon trivia

#3 Post by Ibthink » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:59 pm

axur-delmeria wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:56 am
The original X1 was like a T420s but stuck with a chiclet keyboard, 1366x768 screen, and glossy Gorilla Glass layer.
Not quite. The original ThinkPad X1 was a very interesting experiment, as it was the first time after the X301 that Lenovo tried to put out a more "high end" flagship series. So really, coming out two years after the X301, it was kinda the successor of the X301, as it also sported a 13.3 inch screen and an all rubberized chassis. Like the X301, it also was the thinnest ThinkPad of its generation.

Lenovo addressed several of the perceived shortcomings of the X301 with the ThinkPad X1:

Fast processor: The X300/X301 was well known to have an anemic processor speed compared to its siblings of the time, since it used a CULV processor. Thus, Lenovo put in a standard voltage CPU into the X1, which allowed for much better performance, but also resulted in higher temperatures, higher noise and less battery life.

Magnesium casing: The X301 used a very expensive Carbon fiber material, which resulted in a low weight, but also very high cost. The X1 used a chassis completely made out of Magnesium, a much cheaper, but also heavier material. The weight increase compared to the X301 was substantial.

2.5 inch SSDs and HDDs: Using 2.5 inch drives enabled the usage of HDDs, which lowered the price compared to the X301

Lower pricing, better performance, new design features (glossy Gorilla Glas screen, Chiclet keyboard) – many differences to the X301. Alas, the ThinkPad X1 was a commercial failure. It was ill-timed, as the first Ultrabooks came out the very same year, which made the X1 look too fat and heavy. Its battery life was too short, thanks to the combination of its small battery and power hungry processor, and the screen was disappointing: It had large bezels around it and it was a glossy HD screen, which left many people unhappy, despite the high screen brightness.

As with the X301, Lenovo took what they learned from the X1 and put it into the next flagship ThinkPad, the original X1 Carbon – the very first ThinkPad Ultrabook. Much thinner and lighter, better battery life thanks to the ULV CPU and the bigger battery and a matte 14 inch screen with thinner bezels and higher HD+ resolution. The X1 Carbon was a success, unlike its predecessors, and thats why Lenovo is still making new versions of it to this day.

Really the only aspect about the ThinkPad X1 that was successful was its keyboard, to the displeasure of many ThinkPad fans.
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