The fall rush of laptop announcements is upon us, thanks to Intel announcing their latest 11th generation Core processor, codenamed Tiger Lake, and packaged as part of the Intel Evo program. Today Lenovo is announcing the new ThinkPad X1 Nano, featuring Intel’s Evo platform, as well as a few tweaks to the traditional ThinkPad design.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
Component X1 Nano
CPU Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Memory Up to 16 GB LPDDR4x
Display 13-inch 2160x1350 Dolby Vision
100% sRGB 450-nit
With or without Touch
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe
Wireless Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Thunderbolt 4 x 2
Headset 3.5mm
Webcam IR with Human Presence
Battery 48 Wh
Up to 65-Watt Type-C Adapter
Dimensions 292.8 x 207.7 x 13.87 mm
11.5 x 8.15 x 0.55 inches
Weight Starting at 962 grams / 2.12 lbs
Starting Price (USD) $1,399
Availability Q4 2020

Powering the new ThinkPad X1 Nano will be Intel’s newest 10 nm design, Tiger Lake, with up to a Core i7 processor. That also means it will feature the full 96 Execution Unit Intel Iris Xe graphics, and up to 16 GB of LPDDR4x memory. The X1 Nano will offer up to 1 TB of PCIe storage, and the 48 Wh battery is rated up to 17.3 hours.

Lenovo has finally made the jump back to 16:10 displays, with the X1 Nano featuring a 13-inch panel with a somewhat odd, but effective, 2160x1350 display. This “2K” display is a nice step up over a more traditional 1920x1200, coming in at 195 pixels-per-inch. It may seem like a small jump over the 170 pixels-per-inch of the 1920x1200, but will allow 200% scaling to work perfectly. It also won’t impact the battery life as dramatically as a “4K” panel would, so it seems like a nice balance. As seems to be the norm with Lenovo displays of late, this 100% sRGB panel features Dolby Vision, and can be had with or without touch.

The new laptop is also light. The ThinkPad X1 Nano weighs in at just 2.12 lbs. The device measures in at 11.5 x 8.15 x 0.55 inches, so it is not the thinnest, nor the lightest, but it is close.

There is plenty of connectivity as well, with Lenovo outfitting the X1 Nano with two Thunderbolt 4 ports. Not only does Thunderbolt 4 offer more performance, security, and features compared to Thunderbolt 3, it also provides full access to data, power, and video guaranteed in every port, unlike USB which has a long list of optional features.

Lenovo is implementing Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solution, which is of course part of the Intel Evo platform, but they are enhancing that with LTE 5G CAT20 for those that need network on the go.

As a proper ThinkPad, the X1 Nano also takes security seriously, with a dTPM 2.0 chip, IR camera and Match on Chip fingerprint reader for Windows Hello logins, and a ThinkShutter camera cover.

The new X1 Nano will be available in Q4 2020, starting at $1399.

Source: Lenovo


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  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Still no definitive release dates for Tiger Lake devices?

    This is undoubtedly a very nice laptop, but it's clear that TGL devices will be very expensive, as that $1399 is not for the high end i7 configuration, and as the memory is "up to" as well, then that must be 8GB at this price.
  • heftig - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    > [2160x1350, 195 dpi] will allow 200% scaling to work perfectly.

    I guess by "perfect" you mean 195 dpi being close to 200%'s assumed 192 dpi, but 1080x675 dp doesn't sound like a useful screen size to me. This is close to a 10 inch 1024x576 netbook, and those were painful to use.
  • CallumS - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Agreed. If anything, for those who find 100% not suitable, 150% scaling could be a good option. Effectively providing the same screen realestate as a 1440x900 display. For business usage, this could be valuable when many enterprise application user interfaces were designed with 900p as the minimum recommended resolution. However, many of the same applications probably won't scale well with Windows scaling too. Eitherway, I suspect that it'd be a great resolution without scaling.
  • jbwhite1999 - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Brett, check your press release. Most sites are showing a weight starting UNDER 2 POUNDS! I think it is 907g.

    @Heftig, you don't have to run at 1080*675 - but you can if you want to. I wouldn't want 4k in a 13" package - the print would be way too small, but FHD++ (or whatever this is) would be a great asset to have a FHD page, plus title bars, office headings, etc.
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    2560x1600 would have given people with badly-scaling apps and/or poor eyesight the ability to run at 200% for an effective 1280x800 resolution.

    As it stands, this sounds a little bit too high for many people to use at native res, and not quite high enough for 200% scaling. YMMV I guess!
  • Brett Howse - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    The specs are correct in the table according to the datasheet I received.
  • mobutu - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    So at the end of 2020 lenovo has this with "Up to 16 GB LPDDR4x"
    Such shame ...
  • lmcd - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Lenovo already defaults to 125% on a 14in 1080p laptop, so I'd assume that 150% or 175% would be the default here.
  • dontlistentome - Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - link

    Looks like the X40 again but with a decent amount of power this time.
    Complaints about 16GB limit are silly - this is not a workstation. It's a fast, long-battery workhorse for people using MS Office and similar. If you need 64GB and 4 SSDs, look further up the range.
    I'm likely to specify these over the X1 Carbon for most of my team, will definitely be my next home machine to replace an aging ganless Dell 7370.
  • mobutu - Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - link

    what are you, stupid? who says anything about workstations and their 128-256GB RAM?
    there are smartphones with 16GB RAM in ~1/5 of ThinkPad X1 Nano's volume.

    It should have had at least minimum 32GB max RAM with an ideal 64GB RAM given the times we live in and the current tech state/evolution.

    You buy it now with 16GB RAM and it is already obsolete next year ...

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