ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 Hands On (Video)

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 update adds a new Intel 5th generation processor that enables better battery life and more power without sacrificing the thin and light design that we loved on the last ThinkPad X1 Carbon model.

When it comes to business notebooks, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the device that users wish IT would deliver to them. The 14-inch display looks amazing and Lenovo wraps it in a Carbon Fiber shell that keeps the weight under 2.9 pounds. Lenovo claims this is the lightest 14-inch performance Ultrabook in the world.


For the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 update Lenovo relies on the latest Intel processors, faster storage and a new brighter display option to stand out once again.

While many notebooks announced at CES 2015 won’t arrive on the market for several months, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 release arrives in January with a starting price of $1,249.

The ThinkPad Carbon X1 20125 brings back the function row and three mouse buttons.

The ThinkPad Carbon X1 20125 brings back the function row and three mouse buttons.


Lenovo aims for performance and battery life that can last thanks to the new Intel 5th generation Core i processors and a speedy new PCIe SSD storage option that is 80% faster than standard solid state drives.


There is no more adaptive keyboard, but the top row still offers access to common shortcuts and function keys. The keyboard is backlit with a new Precision Keyboard, which offers an incredible typing experience. There is a new three-button touchpad and pointer nub that delivers an option diehard ThinkPad users will appreciate.

Users can interact with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 with voice, gestures and touch. This thin and light Ultrabook includes a touch screen and the camera can detect gestures to control some actions. Users can also use voice for some controls without buying or installing extra software.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 includes a 14-inch display with a WQHD display like the last model, but this year you can expect a brighter display. The 14-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution looks incredible just like the previous model. This display does not fold all the way around like the Yoga 3 Pro, but it does lay flat so you can share a presentation at a table with another person without constantly flipping the notebook around. You can use the touch screen or the keyboard and touch pad to control it in this mode.


The case of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 is still made of Carbon Fiber that gives the device a strong and durable finish while still allowing for a lightweight portable notebook.

With new Intel 5th generation processor options adding to the battery life the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 battery life should improve, but we are waiting on exact numbers. The notebook also features Rapid Charge technology to charge up to 80% battery life in just one hour.

Lenovo will sell the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 with multiple processor options, PCIe 256GB and 512GB SSD options and with 4G & LTE connectivity options as well. The notebook features a OneLink Dock connector with mini Display Port and HDMI support.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 Specs

ThinkPad X1 Carbon



14” FHD TN 1920×1080 (300nit); 14” WQHD+ 2560×1440 (300nit); 14” WQHD+ 2560×1440 Touch Screen (270nit)


Intel 5th Generation Core Processor







SSD 128/180/256/360 Opal-capable; SSD 256/512GB PCIe 4ch




Dolby Advanced Audio V4


720p HD Camera


Intel® Centrino® 7260 (Wilkins Peak 2 AC) 2×2 AC+ BT 4.0; Intel® Centrino® 7260 (Wilkins Peak 2) 2×2 AGN + BT 4.0; ThinkPad Wireless 2×2 BGN+BT 4.0


Single non-removable (50 Whr.)


USB 3.0 x 2, Always on USB 2.0, VGA, Mini-DP, Kensington Lock, RJ45, Audio Combo


Standard and Backlit


2.9 lbs.


331 mm (L) x 226 mm (W) x 17.72 mm (H) non-touch / 18.46 mm (H) touch

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2015 Photos