After revealing the world’s first ever 5G laptop in 2020, Lenovo has thrown back the curtain on the first detachable device in its ThinkPad series. Aimed at customers looking for a portable alternative to a business laptop, here’s everything you need to know about the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable.
While the Flex 5G model can be folded into a tablet, Lenovo has taken flexibility a step further with its ThinkPad X12 in allowing the Gorilla-Glass protected screen to completely detach from the keyboard. The latest model includes a number of features added to maximise for security and portability:
- Detachable 12.3-inch screen
- 11th-gen vPro processors
- LTE CAT9 capability Kickstand
- Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
- Up to 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD
- Windows 10 Pro
- Fingerprint reader and an IR Camera with facial recognition
- Compatible with Lenovo’s Precision Pen and Digital Pen
ThinkPad X12 Detachable: The Basics
With added features such as a fingerprint reader and IR camera with facial recognition, Lenovo is prioritising security with its new model. The laptop-tablet hybrid is designed to be a portable, on-the-go device which should work well in outdoor environments, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
With a kickstand included to prop up the back of the tablet, the hybrid is highly adjustable, appearing easy to use whether on the road or at home. With the kickstand, the computer includes three separate modes: lay-flat mode, with the keyboard attached; lay-flat mode but without the keyboard; and tilt mode, when the magnetic bars on the hinge attaches to the screen automatically to tilt it.
The keyboard is magnetically attached, meaning other magnetic objects such as credit cards need to be kept away from the slot area. The tablet also includes a pen holder, which attaches to the blacklit keyboard, contrasting well against its sleek black design.
Even with the keyboard attached, the ThinkPad X12 at 224 pounds is lighter than the Flex 5G model, which weighs 297. When the screen is detached, the tablet weighs only 167 pounds.
Powered with up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 quad core processor, ThinkPad X12 includes rapid charge technology which powers the device from zero to 80% in one hour. LTE CAT9 capability also ensures a steady connection when working outside the home.
It also has a front-facing and rear-facing cameras with a privacy shutter, a type-C 65W AC adaptor supporting rapid charge and dual array microphones with Dolby Premium App as well as Intel® Iris Xe Graphics.
|Tablet||Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro|
|Display||12.3” FHD+ IPS 3:2 ratio (400nit) with Gorilla® Glass 5|
|Processor||Up to 11th generation Intel® Core™ i7 vPro® Quad Core processor (4.3 GHz at 15W)|
|Storage||Up to 1TB NVMe SSD|
|RAM||Up to 16GB LPDDR4x|
|Front camera||5MP Hybrid IR camera with webcam privacy shutter|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6 (WLAN 802.11 AX) LTE CAT9 Bluetooth® 5.1|
|Ports||Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Type-C, NanoSIM, headphone and microphone combo jack|
|Battery||Up to 9.98 hours|
|Dimensions||283.3 x 203.5 x 8.8 (with keyboard), 11.15 x 8.01 x 0.35 (without keyboard)|
|Weight||1,100 grams (with keyboard) 760 grams (without keyboard)Pricing & Availability|
Pricing for the ThinkPad X12 starts at $1,149 and will be available in late January 2021.
ThinkPad X12 Detachable Alternatives
The tablet’s main rival is the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (review), giving it some stiff competition. Surface Pro 7 can go toe-to-toe with the ThinkPad X12 on processing, also boasting a Core i7. But it does not have Gorilla Glass optimised for resistance against scratches and scrapes. Surface Pro can end up more expensive than the ThinkPad, costing between 749 and 2299 US Dollars depending on the version preferred.
For customers looking for maximum portability, the iPad Pro 11 (review) is much more lightweight at just 468 grams. For design work, iPad Pro 11 is also not compatible with previous Apple Pencils, requiring a new purchase of the Apple Pencil 2, whereas the ThinkPad X12 is compatible with previous Lenovo pens (Precision Pen and Digital Pen).
- Fast Intel 11 Gen CPUs
- Premium design
- Fantastic keyboard
- Decent pen
- Long battery life
- Very pricey
- FHD resolution only
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