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The latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano gen 2 comes with some upgraded specs, but can it match the larger X1 Carbon gen 10? Let"s compare them.

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At CES 2022. Lenovo refreshed its iconic ThinkPad X1 series, including the classic ThinkPad X1 Carbon và the more recent ThinkPad X1 Nano. The former has been one of the best business laptops for years, & it"s Lenovo"s flagship overall. But with the ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo went extra light, creating something that"s even better for on-the-go workers. However, it came with some performance sacrifices to lớn fit that lighter package.

With these refreshed models, though, the ThinkPad X1 Nano & X1 Carbon are closer than ever. If you"re wondering which one is the right choice for you, let"s take a look at the differences between these two models, starting with raw specs.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon gene 10Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano gene 2
Operating system Windows 11 Ubuntu Fedora Windows 11 Ubuntu Fedora
CPU Intel p series: 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core i5-1240P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel chip core i5-1250P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to lớn 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up lớn 4.7GHz, 18MB cache) 12th-gen Intel chip core i7-1270P (12 cores, 16 threads, up khổng lồ 4.8GHz, 18MB cache) 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-1280P (14 cores, đôi mươi threads, up khổng lồ 4.8GHz, 24MB cache) hãng intel U15 series 12th-gen Intel chip core i5-1235U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core i5-1245U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel chip core i7-1255U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-1265U (10 cores, 12 threads, up to lớn 4.8GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel chip core i5-1240P (12 cores, 16 threads, up lớn 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel core i5-1250P (12 cores, 16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 12MB cache) 12th-gen Intel vi xử lý core i7-1260P (12 cores, 16 threads, up khổng lồ 4.7GHz, 18MB cache) 12th-gen Intel vi xử lý core i7-1270P (12 cores, 16 threads, up khổng lồ 4.8GHz, 18MB cache) 12th-gen Intel core i7-1280P (14 cores, 20 threads, up lớn 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)
Graphics hãng sản xuất intel Iris Xe hãng intel Iris Xe
Display 14-inch WUXGA 16:10 (1920×1200) IPS low-power, anti-glare, 400 nits, 100%sRGB 14-inch WUXGA 16:10 (1920×1200) IPS low-power, anti-glare, touch, 400 nits, 100%sRGB 14-inch WUXGA 16:10 (1920×1200) IPS low-power, anti-glare, touch, Privacy Guard, 500 nits, 100%sRGB 14-inch 2.2K 16:10 (2240×1400) IPS anti-glare, 300nit, 100% sRGB 14-inch 2.8K 16:10 (2880×1800) OLED, anti-glare, anti-reflection, anti-smudge, 400nit, 100% DCI-P3 14-inch WQUXGA 16:10 (3840×2400) IPS low-power, anti-glare, 500nit, 100% DCI-P3, HDR400, Dolby Vision 14-inch WQUXGA 16:10 (3840×2400) IPS low-power, touch, anti-glare, anti-reflection, anti-smudge, 500nit, 100% DCI-P3, HDR400, Dolby Vision 13-inch 2K (2160 x 1350), 450nit, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision 13-inch 2K (2160 x 1350) touch, 450nit, 100% sRGB, Dolby Vision
Storage 256GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 256GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 512GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
RAM 8GB LPDDR5 5200MHz 16GB LPDDR5 5200MHz 32GB LPDDR5 5200MHz 16GB LPDDR5 5200MHz 32GB LPDDR5 5200MHz
Battery 57Whr battery Up to 65W USB Type-C nguồn adapter 49.6Whr battery Up to lớn 65W USB Type-C power nguồn adapter
Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) 2 x USB 3.2 ren 1 Type-A 1x HDMI 2.0b 3.5mm tai nghe jack Nano SIM slot 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) 3.5mm headphone jack Nano SIM slot
Audio Dolby Atmos speaker system Dolby Atmos speaker system
Camera 720p HD RGB webcam 1080p Full HD RGB webcam 1080p Full HD RGB + IR webcam 1080p Full HD MIPI RGB + IR webcam with Computer Vision 1080p Full HD RGB webcam 1080p Full HD RGB + IR webcam 1080p Full HD MIPI RGB + IR webcam with Computer Vision
Windows Hello IR webcam (optional) Fingerprint sensor IR webcam (optional) Fingerprint sensor
Connectivity hãng intel Wi-Fi 6E bluetooth không dây 5.2 Cellular options: 5G sub-6 Cat2o 4G LTE Cat16 hãng sản xuất intel Wi-Fi 6E công nghệ bluetooth không dây 5.2 Cellular options: 5G sub-6 Cat2o 4G LTE Cat16
Color Deep black Optional Carbon fiber weave cover Deep đen Optional Carbon fiber weave cover
Size (WxDxH) HD webcam: 315.6 x 222.50 x 14.95 mm (12.42 x 8.76 x 0.59 in) Full HD webcam: 315.6 x 222.50 x 15.36 mm (12.42 x 8.76 x 0.60 in) Non-touch: 293.2 x 208.0 x 14.47 mm (11.5 x 8.19 x 0.57 in) Touch: 293.3 x 208.1 x 14.77 mm (11.5 x 8.19 x 0.58 in)
DimensionsStarts at 1.12kg (2.48 lb)Starts at 970 grams (2.13lbs)
PriceStarting at $1,639Starting at $1,659

Looking at those spec sheets, you can clearly tell that these are very similar laptops, but there are some noteworthy differences. Let"s dive deeper into the differences between these two devices.


Performance: The ThinkPad X1 Nano has caught up

When Lenovo first introduced the ThinkPad X1 Nano last year, one of the sacrifices it made was using Intel"s 9W processors to allow it to be as small as it was. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 9 had 15W processors, so it had a bit of a performance advantage. Now, that seems lớn have been thrown out the window, as both laptops come with 12th-generation Intel core processors up lớn a 28W P-series chip core i7. These 28W processors aren"t completely new for Intel, but they are new to lớn Windows PCs, and they should deliver that much more performance compared to the typical 15W processors. There are models with 15W CPUs available for both of these models, though.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
Both laptops rely on hãng sản xuất intel Iris xe pháo integrated graphics, so on the front, things should be fairly even, too. The only thing that might affect performance here is that the larger kích thước of the X1 Carbon gen 10 might make room for better cooling, and thus, more sustained performance.

The new 12th-generation hãng intel processors also bring along tư vấn for LPDDR5 RAM, which is included in both laptops, too. Again, the ThinkPad X1 Nano gen 2 has caught up & now also comes with up to lớn 32GB of RAM instead of 16GB, matching the X1 Carbon. One area where the ThinkPad X1 Carbon might have an advantage is storage, as it comes with up to lớn a 2TB PCIe gene 4 SSD. For the ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo doesn"t make mention of PCIe ren 4 support, though you get the same 2TB capacity.


Finally, touching on battery, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a 58Whr battery, which is larger than the 49.6Whr unit of the X1 Nano. But battery life will depend on your configuration, including the display, which is bigger on the X1 Carbon. Many configurations also have higher resolution, so they use more battery.


Display: They"re both great, but the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has tons of options

The display is where the differences between the ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 10 và the ThinkPad X1 Nano gene 2 start khổng lồ really shine through. Both laptops have great 16:10 displays, but they"re different in almost every other way. For starters, they"re different sizes, with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon having a 14-inch display compared to lớn the 13-inch panel of the X1 Nano.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
With the ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 10, Lenovo is offering more options than ever before. The base mã sản phẩm comes with a Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) panel at 400 nits, which you can địa chỉ cửa hàng touch support and a privacy guard to. There"s also a 2.2K IPS panel option for a little extra sharpness (in exchange for lower brightness at 300 nits), plus a new 2.8K OLED panel that"s being introduced with the gene 10 refresh. That"s the first time Lenovo uses an OLED panel on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and it"s bound to be a great display. We also have the 4K+ IPS panel, which comes with optional touch tư vấn for the first time with this model, too. Plus, the 4K+ and OLED models cover 100% of DCI-P3, while the other options cover 100% of sRGB.


Meanwhile, the ThinkPad X1 Nano gives you the exact same options as last year"s model. It"s a 13-inch 2K (2160 x 1350) panel with 450 nits of brightness & 100% sRGB coverage. The only choice you get is whether you want to add touch support to the panel or not. This is still a great display for its size, but you definitely get more options with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, some of which are far more interesting than the X1 Nano"s display.


ThinkPad X1 Nano
Above the display, both laptops now come with Full HD cameras, which is fantastic khổng lồ see. Some ThinkPads already had this option, but it"s the first time these two models get it, và in fact, it"s the mặc định configuration on the ThinkPad X1 Nano now. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon still gives you the option for a 720p camera if you don"t care about the better quality. Both also have options for Windows Hello facial recognition và a new optional feature called Computer Vision, which makes your camera smarter. For example, the camera can detect whether it"s you approaching the laptop to use it or someone just walking past it, so the máy tính xách tay only wakes up when it"s going to be used.

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For audio, Lenovo is touting Dolby Atmos speaker system for both models, though we don"t yet know the exact specs of the speakers. Both of them also have quad-array microphones for improved audio pickup during calls.


Design và ports: It"s all about the size

Lenovo"s ThinkPad lineup has an iconic design heritage, và both of these laptops carry it as well as you"d expect. In terms of looks, they"re nearly identical: deep black chassis with the iconic ThinkPad red accents, including features lượt thích the TrackPoint & the duplicated mouse buttons above the touchpad. They both even have the option for a carbon fiber weave cover on the lid.


Keyboard on the ThinkPad X1 Nano
The differences between these two have everything to vày with the size. As the name suggests, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is small. It"s smaller in every dimension because of its smaller display, & it"s also slightly thinner, measuring 14.47mm (in the non-touch variant), compared to lớn the 14.95mm of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon gen 10 (with an HD camera). The touch-enabled version of the X1 Nano measures 14.57mm, while the X1 Carbon goes up khổng lồ 15.36mm with a Full HD webcam.

The weight difference might be more noticeable, with the ThinkPad X1 Nano starting at just 2.13lbs compared to the 2.48lbs of the X1 Carbon. They"re both still very portable laptops, but the ThinkPad X1 Nano is just slightly more so.

This size difference plays a big role in the ports that are available lớn you, however. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon gene 10 offers a full suite of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 connections, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and an optional nano-SIM slot. The ThinkPad X1 Nano gen 2 only has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack (plus the optional nano-SIM), so all the other connections have lớn come from a Thunderbolt dock. It may be worth the trade-off for the extra portability, but I"d personally rather have the extra ports built-in. Thunderbolt docks can be expensive, so they"re not for everyone.


Of course, as we"ve mentioned, both laptops also give you the option to địa chỉ cellular connectivity, and you can choose between 4G LTE (Cat16) or sub-6GHz 5G (Cat20). You can also use an eSIM or the physical nano-SIM slot for this. Both models also tư vấn Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.


Bottom line: Is portability worth the trade-offs?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is meant to be an ultraportable ThinkPad, và with a starting weight under a kilogram, it"s fair to lớn say it succeeds at that. Và with the second generation, Lenovo has addressed some big drawbacks of the smaller size, packing in the same powerful processors and as much RAM as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It"s also a máy tính with a great screen, và now, a great webcam, too.

However, there are still drawbacks. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon ren 10 has faster PCIe ren 4 storage, for one thing, & the larger size means it might have better cooling, too. Plus, the larger screen also comes in a ton of variants và options you don"t get with the ThinkPad X1 Nano. You can địa chỉ a privacy guard, go with a beautiful OLED display, or choose a super-sharp 4K+ panel with 100% of DCI-P3 màu sắc coverage.


There"s also the matter of ports, with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon featuring a full thiết lập including Thunderbolt, USB Type-A, và HDMI. The ThinkPad X1 Nano only has Thunderbolt, so a dock or hub is almost mandatory.


Whether that difference in size and weight is worth those sacrifices depends on your personal needs, of course. If you already rely on Thunderbolt docks, then you don"t chiến bại much here. Plus, the X1 Nano still has a great display, even if it doesn"t have all the options of the X1 Carbon. Personally, I"d prefer the larger laptop, which is still very thin and light, but it"s up to lớn you.

At writing time, only the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is available khổng lồ order, & only some configurations are available. You can also check the ThinkPad X1 Nano below & see if it"s available by the time you"re reading this, though. These are bound to lớn be some of the best ThinkPads Lenovo has made, và certainly some of the best laptops you can buy for work, so you can"t go wrong with either one. We"ll be sure khổng lồ update this article as soon as the laptops are available khổng lồ buy.


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon gene 10 comes with 12th-gen Intel bộ vi xử lý core processors, new OLED displays, and a Full HD webcam.


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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano gen 2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano ren 2
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano gen 2 is an ultra-light business laptop powered by 12th-generation intel processors & with optional 5G support.