Modular Design Makes Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet a Standout at CES

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-01-05
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Modular Design Makes Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet a Standout at CES

    The modular design of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet allows users to mix and match different features depending on their needs.
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    It's a Versatile Mobile Device
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    It's a Versatile Mobile Device

    Lenovo has done a fine job of pitching the ThinkPad X1 as a versatile mobile device that can perform all sorts of functions, but first and foremost, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a tablet. It's equipped with a touch screen, works with multitouch gestures and functions at the same level as competing tablets such as the iPad Pro.
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    Modularity Is Central to Its Design
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    Modularity Is Central to Its Design

    The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is highly modular. The device comes with several ports that allows users to plug in the features they care about. For instance, if they want to use it as an entertainment center for watching movies, they can get a module that will allow for that. If they want to get some 3D renderings, another module makes that possible. Best of all, it can be a full-fledged notebook, complete with a keyboard. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet can be just about whatever owners want.
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    It Has Widescreen Display With 2K Resolution
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    It Has Widescreen Display With 2K Resolution

    There aren't that many surprises with the display built into the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. It comes with a 12-inch screen featuring a 2K resolution that's broad enough to enable a wide viewing angle.
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    There's Optional LTE Connectivity and WiFi
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    There's Optional LTE Connectivity and WiFi

    The ThinkPad X1 comes with optional LTE mobile connectivity as well as WiFi. That option is a major selling point for enterprise users. Not being able to connect to the Internet while on the road is a deal breaker for business users and any user who is worried about the security of public WiFi services.
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    Hardware, Software Specifications Are Solid
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    Hardware, Software Specifications Are Solid

    The ThinkPad X1 runs on an Intel Core m7 processor and Windows 10 Pro. While it can run for about 10 hours on a single battery charge, users can plug in an additional module to get 5 more hours of power. In addition, the keyboard comes with both a track pad and track pointer for those who prefer those input options. Users can also adjust the keyboard typing for their personal comfort. And it doesn't hurt that the device weighs just 2.4 pounds.
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    A Stylus for Extra Usability
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    A Stylus for Extra Usability

    Following its competitors in the market, Lenovo has decided to go with stylus support in the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Users will therefore be able to write on the screen, draw and even edit documents. The stylus works with Lenovo's WriteIt platform, which allows users to fill out data fields via handwriting that is automatically corrected, if text is misspelled. Lenovo hasn't provided many details about the stylus, but it will be a welcome add-on for many corporate customers.
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    Productivity Module Serves Business Users
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    Productivity Module Serves Business Users

    The ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes with a neat add-on called the Productivity Module. The module is essentially a docking device that provides additional USB 3.0 ports, as well as a full-sized HDMI port to plug in optional components such as displays, storage disks, printers or scanners. The Productivity Module also tacks on a battery pack to boost battery life to 15 hours.
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    There's Built-In 3D Imaging Features
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    There's Built-In 3D Imaging Features

    Lenovo has built 3D features into the ThinkPad X1. The optional 3D Imaging Module comes with the rear-facing Intel RealSense 3D camera. With this module, users can photograph an object and see it in 3D on the device. The module prints 3D copies, and it can also scan buildings or objects to compare their dimensions with blueprints. It's flanked by another module, called the Presenter Module, that lets people project images on a screen.
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    There Are Security Features Business Users Care About
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    There Are Security Features Business Users Care About

    Security is important in the corporate world. So it's no surprise that Lenovo has built several security features into the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The device includes a fingerprint sensor, Discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) encryption and more. There are also remote device management features, including Intel vPro and Active Management Technology.
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    Here's the Pricing, Availability
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    Here's the Pricing, Availability

    According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available starting in February. Prices start $899, but will increase quickly as users add modules and other options. Still, it seems like a reasonable price for a well-rounded tablet.
 

CES 2016 is now in full swing, and PC and mobile device makers are rolling out their latest models for the new year, which means there is a throng of new hardware products vying for attention. Lenovo is included in that list, having introduced one of the show's more prominent products with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet. At first glance, the device appears to be a typical tablet or perhaps even a two-in-one hybrid. But further inspection reveals why this tablet deserves a closer look. Its modular design allows users to mix and match different features depending on their needs. It also has a solid design, a big screen and a sensible mix of components that could make it a sound choice for enterprise buyers seeking the flexibility of a modular two-in-one tablet. This formula enables the ThinkPad X1 to break away from today's tablet crowd and gives it a chance to win a distinction that doesn't always come to mobile devices introduced at CES. It stands a decent chance of being a major sales success for Lenovo this year as well as one of the show's standout products. Read on to learn more about what makes the ThinkPad X1 Tablet special.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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