Lenovo has announced the update of its ThinkPad X1 series notebook line with Intel’s 10th generation Core series processors. These new versions have been certified by Intel’s Athena program to provide higher performance and better battery life through certified devices. However, it should be noted that although it is the 10th generation, these processors are the Comet Lake architecture, which is still using the 14nm process technology. This is somewhat different from the 10th generation Ice Lake architecture using the 10-nanometer process technology.
In fact, although the product line is refreshed, the overall changes in these devices are small. The most important change is the adoption of Intel’s 10th generation Core series processors. The ThinkPad X1 series mainly uses the six-core Core i7-10710U, while the T490/X390 series uses the quad-core Core i7-10510U. Thanks to the built-in WiFi6 support module of the 10th generation Core series processors, these notebooks with new processors also support WiFi 6 directly.
Athena certification is naturally a highlight of these new products from Lenovo. The Athena program is designed to provide high-performance equipment with better performance and longer battery life. Therefore, at least from the perspective of certification, the performance and battery life of these notebooks will not be bad, but the specific situation still needs to wait until the market to conduct real machine testing.