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Lenovo announce the sleek ThinkPad X1 Nano that ships with Ubuntu

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Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1 Nano, a new premium laptop offering which like the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is one of the first to get Intel EVO branding - meaning it's really top stuff.

It's the lightest ThinkPad ever, according to their own tests based on their previous hardware starting at starting at 907g/1.99lbs (depends on the config).

It's sleek too measuring 292.8 x 207.7 x 13.87 mm (11.5 x 8.15 x 0.55 inches). Considering the size, with Intel's latest 11th Gen processors backed up by their new Xe graphics - it's another laptop that's going to double up as a reasonable gaming machine.

Thankfully, Lenovo continue to push Linux with more of their products and this is another. Ubuntu is going to sit along side Windows 10 Pro as a worldwide option when ordering. Some specs they provided:

Processor Up to 11th Generation Intel Core TM i7 Processors
Display 13" Non-touch Dolby Vision 2K (2160 x 1350, 450nit) with 100% sRGB
13" Touch Dolby Vision 2K (2160 x 1350, 450nit) with 100% sRGB
Memory Up to 16GB LPDDR4x
Storage Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
Audio Dolby Atmos Speaker System
4x 360-degree Microphones
Ports 2x ThunderboltTM 4
1x Audio (Headphone and Microphone Combo Jack)
WiFI Intel WiFi 6 AX201, 802.11 AX
LTE 5G CAT20
LTE 4G CAT9
Bluetooth 5.0
Keyboard Backlit keyboard with new UC functions for F9-F11

Note: it also features a "Match on Chip Fingerprint Reader" and an "IR camera with human presence detection" but according to our friend Jason over on Forbes those will not be directly supported with the Ubuntu option.

Really does sound like it's going to be a good unit. Plenty of power, with a good screen and some great speakers to go with it so you can really get immersed.

And their official teaser video to drool over:

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Just like Dell with the XPS 13, they're also boasting long battery life which is part of the Intel EVO branding. With a 48Whr battery Lenovo said you can get up to "17.3 hours" ,which will reduce a lot based on how far you push it. Expect far less if gaming constantly for example.

When does this beauty arrive? The ThinkPad X1 Nano should be available to order later in Q4 this year, with pricing expected to be starting from $1,399. Not cheap but this is a premium laptop. They also announced the ThinkPad X1 Fold, which sounds lovely but they're not supporting Linux with it at this time. Full press release here.

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tmtvl 30 Sep
Quoting: hm11Why LPDDR4 ... Like i know is faster, but is a huge turn off for me, id like to upgrade my ram, and id like to know that if the ram fails i can replace it myself..sigh, this is one thing that keeps me from buying these new thinkpads. I mean they look good and all, and i bet they are impressive but i want to be able to ,under the hood, deal with things myself.

Same, I've had to re-seat RAM on my laptop once and it seems ridiculous that I'd have to buy a new one just for that.
Garanthor 11 Oct
Quoting: AppelsinAre there any "high end" laptops that aren't non-upgradeable?

Take a look at Tuxedo - they have some very high-end laptops and afaik the RAM is upgradable. Generally, they favor easy maintenance.

I used to be a huge fan of Thinkpads, both due to build quality and stellar Linux compatibility. However the last one I got (X1 Yoga Gen7) has such terrible Linux compatibility and Lenovo has been so unhelpful with this (not to me personally, to the community as a whole) that I'm moving to a Tuxedo BM15 as my work machine now. Don't get me wrong, the build quality and support (if something breaks) are still stellar on the X1, but running Debian on it is just such a massive continuing pain that I'm replacing it after just one year.
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