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Lenovo X12 Detachable Gen1 Tablet

MSRP 1149 USDExt score 81%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 is a high-end tablet powered by laptop-level Intel Core processors in a 3:2 aspect ratio. It shares most features with the standard ThinkPad X1 Carbon but offers more versatility.
Thanks to Intel's new 11th-gen Core processors, the new X12 Detachable brings a Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4.0 port with even faster connectivity compared to Thunderbolt 3. It further includes 4G LTE WWAN besides WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 to ensure high-speed wireless connection wherever you go.
Essentially, the X12 Detachable is a middle ground between tablet and laptop, offering significant boost in power over the former and increased versatility over conventional 2-in-1 laptops. The X12 Detachable also brings the power, security, and durability of a true ThinkPad.
Alongside the new X12 Detachable, Lenovo also unveiled several other models in the ThinkPad X1 lineup at CES 2021, including the refreshed X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga as well as the all-new X1 Titanium Yoga.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Compact 2-in-1
  • Long battery life
  • Good detachable form factor
  • Smaller than the Surface Pro 7+
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster speakers
  • Lackluster performance
  • Keyboard is unresponsive
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

4KWUXGA Non-touchWUXGA Touch

Connectivity

Ports1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB-C 3.2 + 1x Audio combo
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, LTE 4G CAT9

Construction

Camera | Front5MP front-facing Hybrid IR camera with webcam privacy shutter
Camera | Rear8MP
ColorsBlack
Form FactorTablet / convertible laptop computer
MicrophoneDual array microphones
SpeakersStereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth203.5 mm / 8.01 inch
Size | Height8.8 mm / 0.35 inch | 14.5 mm / 0.57 inch w/ Keyboard
Size | Width283.3 mm / 11.15 inch
Weight760 g / 1.67 lbs | 1.1 kg / 2.42 lbs w/ Keyboard

Display

Aspect Ratio3:2
Brightness400 nits400 nits500 nits
Display Diagonal12.3 inch
Display TypeIPS, covered by Gorilla Glass 5
Gamut100% DCI-P3100% sRGB100% sRGB
ResolutionFHD+

Function

AudioDolby Premium App
Fast ChargingRapid Charge
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe graphics
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
ProcessorUp to 11th generation Intel Core i7 vPro Quad Core processor
SecurityIntel vPro Platform, Touch Fingerprint Reader, IR camera with webcam privacy shutter, dTPM 2.0 chip
SIMNano SIM
Touch ScreenYes

Performance

Battery LifeUp to 9.98 hours
DurabilityMIL-SPEC 810G
Memory | CapacityUp to 16 GB
Memory | TypeLPDDR4x 4266MHz
Power SupplyType-C 65W
StorageUp to 1TB NVMe SSD

Production

AccessoryDigitizer: Lenovo Precision Pen, Lenovo Digital Pen
Availability2021-01
Debut2021-01-11 (CES 2021)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The X12 relies on integrated Iris Xe graphics. This chip is good for only lightweight gaming and less graphics-intensive workflows. Opting for the more efficient CPU paid off in our battery testing. The 12.3-inch display is adequately bright and vivid, and the detachable keyboard is comfortable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lightweight and lightweight chassis
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster speakers

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable runs cooler, quieter and longer. There are no compromises in terms of the build quality or the input devices. A robust and lightweight Magnesium chassis meets a very good ThinkPad keyboard with TrackPoint. The keyboard cover is one of the best in the detachable scene, despite the lower key travel.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality Magnesium chassis
  • Very good keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X12 has a 12-inch display, an integrated kickstand that helps you prop up the tablet on your desk, and an optional cover with an integrated keyboard and touchpad. The screen measures 12.3 inches on the diagonal, and its 3:2 aspect ratio gives it dimensions of 1,920 by 1,280 pixels. Lenovo will also offer this tablet with a vPro-equipped Core i7, and up to 1TB of storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 4

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable is more like a tablet with a keyboard than a proper 2-in-1 hybrid. It can run Windows 10 Pro and it does it very well. The keyboard itself works well enough, and the rubber connector band tilts the keyboard up a bit when attached to the tablet.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Built-in fingerprint scanner
Cons
  • Lackluster performance

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The X12 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is my favorite aspect ratio. It's much roomier than a traditional 16:9 display, providing noticeably more vertical space. The top and side bezels are chunky, which may put some people off. The X12 also has an IR camera that supports Windows Hello facial recognition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Touchpad is a bit small
  • Touchpad isn’t the smoothest around

tomshardware[6]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X12 Detachable is almost free of bloat, and its few pre-installs are helpful and easy-to-use. Like most ThinkPads, there's a physical shutter for the X12's front webcam, although the back webcam has no such feature. Glance by Mirametrix is an optional feature that you can set to move windows or the mouse cursor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Excellent keyboard and folio keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

wired[7]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X12 Detachable is neither the best laptop you can buy nor the best tablet. It is pretty good at being both of those things in a single package. Like other detachables, it works as an all-browsing machine, editing documents, video calls, and more.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Keyboard is unresponsive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable. 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 Review: Laptop tablet hybrid with LTE & Tiger Lake UP4. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X12-Detachable-Gen-1-Review-Laptop-tablet-hybrid-with-LTE-Tiger-Lake-UP4.532888.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Preview. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable-review. 2021-05-07. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
5. ^ The ThinkPad X12 Detachable is Lenovo’s latest take on the Surface Pro. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22376272/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable-review. 2021-04-13. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
6. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Review: Think Small. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable. 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/lenovo-thinkpad-x12-detachable/. 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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