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New, updated Lenovo laptops for business coming this fall

The X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X390 and ThinkPad T490 have all been updated, and Lenovo has added ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga to its offerings.

Lenovo has launched its newest ThinkPad laptops, with the goal of providing smarter productivity, connectivity and security for the workforce.

Many of the new features provide updates to already well-known Lenovo laptops for business. The new X1 Carbon runs Intel's 10th-generation CPU, has an all-day battery life and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. It is Lenovo's first commercial platform that is part of Intel's Project Athena program. Project Athena aims to update PC standards and improve mobile computing by improving battery life, responsiveness, connectivity, charging and security.

Lenovo also updated its commercial lineup, giving the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X390 and ThinkPad T490 a processor refresh with the 10th-generation Intel Core.

Additionally, Lenovo added ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga laptops to its offerings in an effort to provide users with ThinkPad features in a more affordable package.

In order to improve security, all machines now have ThinkShield security features. The HD and IR camera has ThinkShutter to protect users from unwanted eyes. Users also have the option of multifactor authentication using facial recognition through Windows Hello, and there is fingerprint reader. 

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The X1 Carbon is open, turned on and facing left. The thin body and red accents on the keyboard are visible.
The new X1 Carbon has improved battery life, responsiveness and connectivity.

The goal behind the X1 Carbon, according to Lenovo, was to provide a laptop for workers on the go who need a long-lasting battery, responsiveness and the latest connectivity. Full features for the X1 Carbon include the following:

  • up to a six-core 10th-generation Intel Core processor that supports 4K content, Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3;
  • 9 mm thick, starting at 2.4 pounds;
  • a variety of 14-inch display options are available, including 500 nit, 10 bit, 4K Dolby Vision-enabled panel or 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Atmos speaker system, with two top-firing tweeters and two down-firing woofers;
  • four microphones;
  • up to 18.5 hours of battery power, with the ability to use Rapid Charge for 80% battery in one hour; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN and new Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ option.

The X1 Carbon is expected to be available beginning in September and will start at $1,479.

ThinkPad X1 Yoga

The X1 Yoga is shown in four images, the first open normally, the second in a tent position, and the third and fourth showing the tablet mode.
The new X1 Yoga weighs less than two pounds and can function as a tablet as well.

Lenovo aimed to make the fourth generation of the X1 Yoga smaller, thinner and lighter. Full features include the following:

  • up to six-core 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 5 mm thick and weighs less than 2.0 pounds;
  • reinforced Iron Grey aluminum chassis;
  • supports all docking products, including the ThinkPad Mechanical Dock;
  • up to 18.3 hours of battery, with the ability to use Rapid Charge for 80% battery in an hour;
  • Dolby Vision-enabled display and Dolby Atmos speaker system;
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN; and
  • integrated with ThinkPad Pen Pro for multimode pen input.

The X1 Yoga will start at $1,609 and is expected to be available beginning in September.

ThinkPad T490

The full list of features includes the following:

  • up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 9 mm thick and starts at 3.2 pounds;
  • variety of display options, including 500 nit, WQHD Dolby Vision panel and 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Audio Premium, with two up-firing speakers;
  • dual microphones;
  • up to 15 hours of battery on a charge and includes the Rapid Charge feature; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN and Wi-Fi 6 Gig+.

The T490 will start at $1,129 and is expected to be available beginning in October.

ThinkPad X390

A full list of features includes the following:

  • up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors;
  • 5 mm thick and starts at 2.8 pounds;
  • display options include the 400 nit FHD display;
  • Dolby Audio Premium, with two down-firing speakers;
  • dual microphone;
  • up to 16.8 hours of battery life on a charge, with Rapid Charge feature; and
  • Global LTE-A wireless WAN.

The ThinkPad X390 will be available beginning in October, starting at $1,019.

ThinkPad L Series

According to Lenovo, the L13 and L13 Yoga combine enterprise-level performance with a lower price tag. The bezels were designed to be thinner to give the same 13-inch screen size, but in a smaller footprint.

Both laptops feature up to i7 10th-generation Intel Core processors. Its display options include a 300 nit full HD IPS touch display and Dolby Audio Premium with two down-firing speakers. They're both 17.6 mm thick, with the L13 coming in a hair lighter, starting at 3.1 pounds. The L13 Yoga starts at 3.3 pounds. The L13 also has a better battery life, with 14 hours of productivity compared with the L13 Yoga's 12 hours. Both feature the Rapid Charge capability.

The L13 and L13 Yoga are expected to be available beginning in October. The L13 will start at $749, while the L13 Yoga will start at $919.

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