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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet Review: Almost Surface Pro with USB-C Only

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet is updated again,Now they offer us a completely updated tablet laptop. The hybrid screen has grown from 12 to 13 inches, as well as the resolution to 3200 × 2000 pixels, although the 3: 2 aspect ratio remains the same.

Another major change in the Thinkpad X1Tablet has become a transition to more powerful 15W processors, which are currently used in most ultrabooks. Now there is even an active cooling system, since the quad-core processor provides more performance.

Lenovo offers several configurations. Models of the third generation received several variants of processors, RAM and SSD. An option was the LTE module. For example, the X1 Tablet 20KJ001NGE version came to me for review, which is priced at about 100,000 rubles.

Intel was installed in my hybridCore i5, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. A more expensive model 20KJ001KGE on a Core i7 processor, with 16 GB of RAM and a solid-state drive for 512 GB, costs already 156,000 p.

Naturally, I will compare the new Thinkpad X1 Tablet with previous models and with few competitors: Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Dell Latitude 5290, HP Elite x2 and Toshiba Portégé X30T-E.

  • Specifications
  • Design and construction
  • Keyboard included
  • Tablet display
  • Ports and connectors
  • Cameras and Snapshots
  • Data security
  • Add-ons and input devices
  • CPU performance
  • System performance
  • Drive performance
  • Graphics performance
  • Gaming performance
  • Connectivity and connections
  • Speaker sound
  • Battery autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Specifications of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 20KJ001NGE


    Intel Core i5-8250U


    Intel UHD Graphics 620, 1100 MHz, 933 MHz memory


    8 GB, LPDDR3 2133 MHz


    13-inch IPS LED with an aspect ratio of 3: 2, resolution of 3200 × 2000 pixels (271ppi), with stylus support, LP130QP1-SPA1


    Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH


    SSD Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, 210 GB available to the user


    1279 gr.

    Design and construction

    Updated X1 Tablet got the samea matte black case, which is why the new generation of tablets cannot be confused with something else. On the back, Lenovo has installed a darkened ThinkPad logo with red LED backlighting. Almost the entire front panel takes a touch screen with the protection of Gorilla Glass.

    Immediately noticeable difference from its predecessors -the plastic frame under the screen is gone, however, the rest is still wide. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has no sharp edges, and therefore it lies comfortably in your hand. But, the old design had to be changed due to the active cooling system. On the right side there was a grill for the cooler, and on the top - air intakes.

    The stand has also changed. It is stable when opened from 30 degrees, more than - the hinges do not support the weight. In the closed state, everything is held by a magnet. The maximum opening angle is about 165 degrees. To facilitate the functioning of the stand on both sides of the case there are recesses.

    Build quality and stability of the ThinkPad X1 Tabletvery good. The body can be twisted, put pressure on him and still there will be no squeaks. External pressure does not affect the display image. The gadget was tested in special military tests, although Lenovo does not specify which ones.

    Keyboard included

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet keyboard included incontents of delivery. Its thickness is only 5 mm, however, despite this, it is very strong - no squeaks occurred when twisting. Connects to the tablet at the bottom through the Pogo-Pin connector and two small hooks. Magnetic connection securely fixes the keyboard, the tablet can be lifted without disconnecting it.

    The added keyboard of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is easycan be flipped over to screen to protect device during shipping. It can be installed in two positions: flat on a table or at an angle. However, the second option reduces the total area.

    This is suitable if you use the device onknees, but still it is not very convenient - the hybrid is quite large (especially if the stand is open). However, this problem is all devices of this form factor.

    Another problem is that the keyboardvery quickly clogs and collects stains. And on both sides. Even after a short work, the periphery loses its attractiveness and needs to be cleaned regularly.

    My X1 Tablet configuration weighed about 900 g,the keyboard adds another 379 g. As a result, the third generation of the hybrid turned out to be heavier than its predecessor. Weight gain can only be justified by the presence of a fast processor and an active cooling system. But if you compare this ThinkPad with other hybrids, then Lenovo will be the most dimensional and most difficult. The reason for this is a big screen.

    Tablet display

    Third generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tabletincreased from 12 to 13 inches. Accordingly, the screen resolution increased from 2K to 3K. Only the aspect ratio remains, therefore the display now displays more content than on the 16: 9 panels, which will be more convenient for work.

    Review model received display LG LP130QP1-SPA1with an average brightness of up to 400 cd / m². At the center of the screen, it reaches 470 cd / m². Strange, but on the right side the backlighting is not so powerful, because of which evenness reaches only 76%. In reality, it is unnoticeable.

    The depth of black is also quite good and allowsget a contrast ratio of 1400: 1. This results in slightly oversaturated colors, the image has a slightly warm tint. Unlike the previous model, pulse-width modulation is no longer used here to adjust brightness.

    Additionally, I measured in the spectrophotometerX-Rite i1 Pro2, where a yellowish tint appeared. The average deviation of the DeltaE 2000 compared to the sRGB color range is acceptable, no calibration is necessary. Calibration will have to resort only when editing photos. If necessary, you can adjust the color temperature and shade.

    For the tablet is very important that the contents of the screenit was visible from all sides. Thanks to the IPS panel, we have no problem with this. And here we come to one of the biggest problems of the screen ThinkPad X1 Tablet - a glossy surface. The quality of the image due to this surface is improved, but glare appears. I hope that Lenovo will soon offer an option with a matte surface.

    Ports and connectors

    A set of connectors in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet wasfully updated. Now available immediately 2-port USB-C 3.1 Gen.2 (Thunderbolt 3). One can be used to charge the tablet, and therefore be often busy.

    Connection of external displays is now available.Only through the USB-C port or using an adapter. On the left side of the hybrid tablet has a headphone jack, as well as a Kensington lock slot that is compatible with the Kensington MiniSaver standard.

    The implementation of modern USB-ports with Thunderbolt 3 is designed for the ability to connect numerous accessories. To attach older accessories you will have to use an adapter.

    At the moment, the combination of USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 and USB-A is becoming the most convenient and practical for most users. Therefore, the advantage here is the Dell 5290 2-in-1 and Toshiba Portégé.

    Like most Android smartphones, LenovoI decided to use the combined slot for nano-SIM and microSD cards. You can use both cards here at the same time, however, you need to use a paper clip to replace. So there is no quick replacement.

    The new ThinkPad X1 Tablet has the same fast card reader as its predecessor, or Surface Pro 6. However, the Dell Latutide 5290 is equipped with a faster UHS II card reader.

    Cameras and Snapshots

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Receives Two Modulescameras. The front is here at 2 megapixels, and the main camera is an 8 megapixel autofocus and LED flash. For both, it is extremely important to shoot under good lighting conditions, otherwise grain and noise appear.

    If the main camera still copes under difficult conditions, then the front camera gives up very quickly and disappoints. It will suit the maximum for video calls, and even then their quality will be mediocre.

    Data security

    ThinkPad X1 Tablet has all the possible degrees of data protection. In addition to the TPM chip and SSD with OPAL 2.0 support, various passwords can be set in the UEFI-BIOS.

    The front panel has an infrared camera forfast logon using Windows Hello, as well as fingerprint authorization. The scanner here is installed on the front panel, it works quickly, but not always the first time.

    Add-ons and input devices

    The kit includes not only a keyboard, but alsoThinkPad Pen Pro. This is a stylus that has 2048 degrees of sensitivity, powered by AAA batteries. The tablet ThinkPad X1 Tablet can work with the Lenovo Pen Pro, which has 4096 degrees of sensitivity to pressing and is the definition of the angle. Such a stylus is charged from the USB-C port.

    Unfortunately, the pen can not be installed insidehousing, if desired, the holder can be attached to the right side of the device, but it is not included in the box, which is strange. Thanks to the USB-C port, many accessories are compatible with Thunderbolt 3. Particularly interesting docking stations that can be connected to the tablet. With a great need, even an external video card.

    Due to the large screen we got a bigkeyboard When compared to competitors, its width is identical to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. When typing, the sensations are similar, while typing long texts, it remains comfortable, which is rare for such devices. Additionally, the keyboard received a backlight with two degrees of brightness. Its activation occurs both manually and automatically.

    You can control the ThinkPad X1 Tablet withmouse and touchpad. Is it convenient? Yes. Management is precise and simple. Of course, there is an alternative option - the touch screen, which is equally accurate with both touch and stylus.

    CPU performance

    Lenovo offers several ThinkPad configurationsX1 Tablet, which have a lot in common - they work on the new quad-core ULV processor from Intel, paired with a fast SSD and at least 8 GB of RAM. With such characteristics tablet performance catches up with business laptops and ultrabooks.

    Unfortunately, there is no possibility of freeCPU and RAM selection. Models on a Core i5 processor are only available with 8 GB of RAM, and with a Core i7-8550U with only 16 GB, the Core i7-8650U is available with both options. Processors at the same time differ in the clock frequency and availability of vPro, which only Core i5-8350U and Core i7-8650U have. The function is mainly interested in large corporate clients.

    My version of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet runs onThe most affordable Intel Core i5-8250U. This quad-core processor with a base frequency of 1.6 GHz, in Turbo Boost mode, accelerates to 3.4 GHz. There is support for multithreading.

    The maximum power of the processor is disabled here,now it can work for an unlimited time with consumption up to 29 watts. This greatly strains the active cooling system, but it still does an excellent job. Any performance test shows excellent results.

    I was able to test the ThinkPad X1 Tablet and onCore i7 processor, however, it turned out to be faster than Core i5 in the multi-core test by only 3%. All other devices I previously tested on i7, including Surface Pro 6, were slower. It is also important that the performance of the chip is not reduced, even when the hybrid is running on battery.

    In the multi-core dough Cinebench, which revealsmaintenance problems with Turbo Boost, the X1 Tablet showed itself right. After 50 iterations, my copy on Core i5 averaged 550 points. It was bypassed only by Surface Pro 6 on Core i7 - 570 points. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet on the Core i7 ran into higher temperatures, due to which its figure dropped to 440 points, losing a third of its power. As a result, it makes little sense to buy X1 on i7.

    I managed to improve the performance of Lenovo forby reducing the voltage of the core. Stable operation of the Core i5-8250U was achieved at -0.115 mV. At the same time, the processor consumes less power and emits less heat, even in Turbo Boost with 3.4 GHz on all cores. Due to high temperatures, the performance fluctuated, but after 50 iterations the X1 Tablet received 640 points. And he coped with the task 10 minutes faster.

    System performance

    There is nothing to complain about. Windows loads and executes commands quickly, applications just fly. Then I did not reveal a single problem. Drivers and programs are stable. Most of the settings are available in the Vantage application, including power consumption and updates.

    Test results vary. For example, in the older PCMark 8, high resolution negatively affects the final result. Because Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet was behind competitors. But, in the newer PCMark 10, the hybrid tablet has risen to the middle of the list.

    Drive performance

    New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has appeared inAvailable exclusively with SSM drives of type M.2 NVMe. They are connected via a PCIe x4 interface, therefore there are no speed limits. As for the memory, the options available are 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.

    In my case, the tablet had 256 GB, of which210 GB available. When reading, the drive showed a speed of more than 3000 Mbit / s, and during sequential writing, 1200 Mbit / s. I am sure that larger SSDs will show more decent results.

    Graphics performance

    Tablet ThinkPad X1 Tablet done as much as possiblecompact, inside it there is no place to install a discrete video card. Therefore, Intel UHD 620 is responsible for the graphics here. The maximum core frequency reaches 1100 MHz, the card does not have its own allocated memory. It is good that there is a dual channel RAM installed, which allows you to unlock the potential of Intel UHD 620.

    In tests, the graphics chip performed wellgetting first place among similar models. However, the lack of performance of the embedded processor limits the gaming experience. Intel UHD 620 is sufficient only for standard tasks and viewing high-resolution video, heavy games are not in question. Performance when running on battery is not reduced.

    Gaming performance

    In the previous paragraphs, I said that the embeddedLenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet graphics card is not suitable for gaming. Intel UHD 620 can only support old or indie games. Although even in this case, you have to reduce the resolution and picture quality.

    I started at low settings exceptBioshock Infinite and Rocket League. Most casual games from the Windows Store will work quite well on the ThinkPad X1. But, hope that you will not be able to play The Witcher 3 at the lowest settings.

    You can shake the ThinkPad X1 Tablet only byexternal video card. It’s good that there is a Thunderbolt 3 port and the ability to connect normal Nvidia graphics. In this case, Nvidia Optimus is supported.

    For tests, I took an external discrete graphics cardGeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. Productivity instantly increased and Bioshock Infinite and Rocket League easily went on high settings in Full HD. Witcher 3 also earned on medium settings and gave a stable 30 fps.

    Even with long games, the processor does not limitgaming performance, despite the rise in temperature. In general, if you want to play the X1 Tablet normally, then you cannot do without an external video card.

    Connectivity and connections

    Third generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tabletreceived only one WLAN module. Intel Wireless AC 8265, though not the newest card from Intel, but it has proven itself very well. In addition to supporting standard standards, there is 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.

    With a normal check of baud rate withWith the Linksys EA8500 router, I got pretty good results, and the upload speed was better. To summarize, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet demonstrates speeds like those of ultrabooks.

    My tablet version got a WWAN module with GPS. You will not immediately get to it, you need to open the case. Internet access has now become as simple as possible; you just need to install a nano-SIM card, in which case you will not need Wi-Fi or a connection to a smartphone.

    Speaker sound

    Both speakers Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tabletmoved to a new place. In the previous model, they were on the sides of the case, now they were on the edges of the screen, on the front panel. This placement greatly influenced the sound quality.

    The sound here is frankly weak, there is no bass. Listening to music or watching a movie is not as enjoyable as with headphones or with an external audio system. These speakers are suitable only for video calls.

    Autonomy of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

    Enlarged screen with high resolution and fastThe processor greatly influenced the power consumption. If the load is low, the tablet will work for a long time. Depending on the brightness of the display and the degree of load, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet consumes from 4.8 to 10.5 watts. But at maximum load, the value reaches 57.8 W, and then decreases to 31-38 W. In sleep mode, the device consumes 0.16 watts, in standby mode - 0.8 watts.

    My version of the hybrid tablet Lenovo got65 W charger, like almost all ThinkPad. The battery capacity has increased from 27 to 42 Wh in comparison with the previous version, which is still not enough. Because of this, autonomy is not happy here.

    With a Wi-Fi test with a screen brightness of 150 cd / m² iGot just 6.5 hours. Only one of the competitors was worse - the Dell tablet. All other autonomy is much better. X1 Tablet with looped video playback lasted almost 9 hours. However, at maximum load time was reduced to 1.5 hours.

    Hybrid supports fast charging. Up to 50% of the battery is replenished in 42 minutes, and up to 100% in 2 hours. To increase battery life, you can set a limit of 90%.


    Is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet the bestoption for work? This question is difficult to answer, because competitors are very different. It all depends on what the hybrid tablet is for. If you need a long time and you will often use the device on the street, then there are better options. There are also models that have more connectors, which is important.

    Still the third generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tabletoverall turned out to be good. Yes, there are weak points, but not all will pay attention to them. If you use a hybrid with a docking station and mainly for typing, the lack of USB-A and average autonomy will not be a problem.

    Of the benefits, I note high performancehigh-quality assembly, comfortable keyboard, good screen and USB-C with Thunderbolt 3. The transition to the new quad-core processors allowed to get power at the level of business ultrabooks.

    The new ThinkPad X1 Tablet from Lenovo blurs the boundaries between the tablet and a typical laptop.

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