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ThinkPad X1 Nano Review: Just Call It the “ThinkPad Air”

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
Rating:
6/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $1350-2200

Michael Crider

Lenovo’s ThinkPad series of laptops is associated with utilitarian design and focused capability. It’s strange, then, to see a machine like the X1 Nano: a super-light, super-sleek laptop that has more in common with the MacBook Air than any Windows-powered notebook. That contradiction means that it has a limited appeal, but not that it’s a bad machine.

Here’s What We Like

  • Amazing light weight
  • Comfy 3:2 screen
  • Full-power processor

And What We Don’t

  • High price
  • Middling battery life
  • Tricky power button

With its diminutive dimensions and lack of flexibility, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is designed for the ThinkPad fan who values portability over every single other facet of laptop design. It’s packing high-powered hardware, but a lack of port choices and no touchscreen on all but the most expensive model make it feel dated, even with the latest chips and a comfy 3:2 aspect ratio. It doesn’t help that the legendary ThinkPad keyboard feels merely pretty good in this tiny frame.

The Nano makes a lot of sacrifices for its form factor, and its high price tag and middling battery life make it difficult to recommend to most buyers. But if you long for that button-down sensibility in a laptop that will disappear in your bag, it delivers.

Dell XPS 13 can last a good 20-30% longer.

ThinkPad X1 Nano charger
Having a tiny, featherlight laptop with a big chunky USB-C charger is a missed opportunity. Michael Crider

The Nano comes with a 65-watt charger, but doesn’t actually need it: I was able to recharge the laptop (slowly, but positively) on an 18-watt USB-C charger meant for a tablet. 18 watts isn’t actually enough to charge the thing up while it’s being used, but it’s a testament to how efficient it is on a relatively tiny battery.

It’s too bad the included charger is so chunky! The brick contrasts poorly with the convertible charger option on the XPS 13, or even a cheap equivalent 65-watt GaN charger from Aukey. This is one aspect of Lenovo’s laptop design that I wish would change post-haste. On the upside, you can easily just pick up a smaller, brick-style USB-C PD charger for better portability.

Pixelbook Go.

X1 Extreme).

All things considered, $200-400 is a reasonable premium to pay for such a light laptop. But I think very few buyers will be able to justify the extra cost, to their bosses if not to themselves.

Conclusion

I loved using the ThinkPad X1 Nano as a writing machine. Its feather weight and comfy ergonomics make it unbelievably easy to bring along and bust out for a session of work. The ThinkPad keyboard, even in this ultra-thin form, is good, and I dig the 3:2 screen. If I could shove some cheap Chromebook hardware in this body, I’d be in heaven.

ThinkPad X1 Nano from the side
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But the X1 Nano isn’t a Chromebook: It’s a premium ultraportable Windows machine, and a ThinkPad at that. Breaking from its namesake’s tradition, the design that limits its capability with just two ports, battery life that’s only middling (amazing efficiency aside), and its value is well below its competition.

So all that said, you’ll need to desperately want that light weight in order to make the numbers work out for this purchase. Jet-setters with unlimited budgets and limited carry weight are the target market, and I think they’re the only ones who’d be happy with the X1 Nano over a more conventional ThinkPad, or a similar but heavier ultraportable from another brand.

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ZTE’s Axon 30 Extremely 5G Drops the Beneath Show Camera in Favor of a Teardrop

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Three ZTE Axon 30 5G phones in black, green, and white.
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Final 12 months when ZTE introduced the Axon 20 5G, it manufactured waves by hiding its front-going through digicam underneath the display screen. But while chopping edge, obscuring the camera below a screen predictably makes its individual established of complications. This year the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G moves to a teardrop and techniques up the specs.

In the digicam department, the self lens is a standard 16 megapixel (MP) shooter housed in a teardrop at the higher center of the display screen. That’s technically a move again from final year’s 32 MP camera, but because it is uncovered, it will pretty potentially even now get greater images. As was the circumstance with last year’s Axon, ZTE went with a quad-digital camera format for the main digital camera process, but it’s a huge leap ahead in specs.

A black ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
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The phone’s principal digicam method will dwelling a 64 MP principal lens with optical impression stabilization, a further 64 MP portrait lens, and a third 64 MP ultrawide lens. Rounding all that out, it will feature an 8 MP telephoto lens with optical graphic stabilization. The business states the mobile phone will come with an AI scene detection that acknowledges 33 varieties of scenes, which include portrait and Tremendous Moon.

The latter ” utilizes multi-camera synchronization and fusion calculation to flawlessly combine the clarity of the moon and the clarity of the ecosystem to capture moonlight observed by the human eye.” ZTE guarantees big issues, but only a arms-on will say just how superior the pictures it can just take truly glance.

A gold ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
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Rapid charging is all the rage, and the ZTE managed to greatest OnePlus’s 65 Watt rapid charging by precisely one watt: the Axon 30 Ultra 56 has 66 Watt charging. That all goes to a 4, 600 mAh battery and relies on Qualcomm QC4+ speedy demand over a USB Kind-C 3.1 port. As the name indicates, you get 5G company, alongside with Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2.

Last year’s ZTE Axon 20 5G made use of a dated Snapdragon 765G processor, but the new Axon 30 Extremely 5G methods up to a Snapdragon 888 processor. You can pick from either 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage or 12 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage. And luckily, the mobile phone will have Android 11 out of the box.

A green ZTE Axon Ultra 5G
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The display screen is a curved 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, with 2400×1080 resolution and guidance for HDR10/HDR10+. Corning Gorilla glass guards the front and back of the cellular phone. The display screen also properties the fingerprint sensor. To maintain every little thing amazing, ZTE went with a triple ice-sealed heat dissipation process (liquid cooling).

ZTE did not announce pricing or a launch date, but it will carry the ZTE Axon 30 Extremely 5G to the United States by way of its on-line internet site. It will appear in black, environmentally friendly, gold, and white. Another design, the ZTE Axon 30 Professional 5G, with lesser specs won’t make it to the States.

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