Lenovo’s New ThinkPad X12 Takes on the Floor Professional: CES 2021

Lenovo introduces the new detachable ThinkPad X12 at the fully digital Consumer Electronics Show. With its detachable keyboard and built-in stand, the X12 is expected to make another attempt at adopting Microsoft's Surface Pro line of products.

With prices starting at $ 1,149 and availability in January, according to Lenovo, the X12 is about "combining the functions of a high-performance laptop with the flexibility of a detachable 12.3-inch tablet." Microsoft has long done this with the Surface Pro, which features fast processing power, a sharp screen, and a slim body. Now Lenovo wants to take another shot on Surface and come up with something similar.

Lenovo's previous attempts to take over the Surface Pro include the ThinkPad X1 Tablet as well as the Yoga Duet 7i. However, the new ThinkPad X12 is more business-focused and comes with a few subtle changes. This includes an upgrade to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 vPro processor, 16 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of NVMe solid-state drive storage. Lenovo also offers support for Thunderbolt 4 docks as well as a USB-C 3.2 dock.

The display supports the optional Lenovo Precision Pen or the Lenovo Digital Pen. The display field corresponds to that of the Surface Pro 7, as it has an aspect ratio of 3: 2 12.3 inches and a brightness of up to 400 nits.

Other features of the detachable ThinkPad X12 include the use of the Lenovo wristband hinges on the stand and the detachable keyboard. In contrast to the Surface Signature Type Cover, the keyboard has an integrated fingerprint reader. Also this year there seems to be a slot for the pen at the bottom of the keyboard.

Connectivity includes a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB 3.2 Type C port, a NanoSim slot and a headphone jack. The device also has fan vents to make sure it stays cool. There is even a Windows Hello webcam on the front for secure and password-free logins.

In contrast to the Surface Pro series, the X12 supports Thunderbolt 4, with which you can connect external GPUs. Lenovo promises that the 42 watt hour battery in the X12 can last almost 10 hours. The device also supports LTE Cat9 functions and has been updated to support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard and Bluetooth 5.1

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