Lenovo is expanding its ThinkPad X1 family with the arrival of an even larger form-factor. Today, the company has announced the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, which touts a 15.6-inch display (a family first) and discrete graphics (also a first).
Starting with that 15.6-inch display; it’s a 4K HDR panel with Dolby Vision support, 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage, and it is backed by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MaxQ GPU. As you might expect for a modern notebook, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is available with 8th generation Intel Core processors. Sitting at the top of the range will be the Core i9 complete with six physical cores and 12 threads, while RAM tops out at 64GB. The storage subsystem will also be top-notch, as the ThinkPad X1 Extreme supports dual PCIe SSDs along with both RAID 0 and RAID 1.
When it comes to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme’s chassis, it features a top structure that is constructed of four layers of carbon fiber, while an aluminum alloy base is designed to keep the machine running cooler. Speaking of that combination of carbon fiber and aluminum, the lightweight materials allow the ThinkPad X1 Extreme tip the scales at a relatively low 3.76 pounds, which is 20 percent lighter than the ThinkPad T580.
The heavy-hitting CPU and GPU would be for naught if there wasn’t a beefy battery to power the whole show. In that regard, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme can last up to 15 hours per charge. But as an added bonus, Rapid Charge technology allows the machine to reach an 80 percent charge after just an hour plugged into the wall.
In addition to its standard touch screen, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme comes with Dolby Atmos support, and supports both Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana digital voice assistants thanks to far-field microphones.
Lenovo says that the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will go on sale this September priced from $1,859.