The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet looks set to take modularity to the extreme. We’ve heard of 2-in-1s and Ultraportables, but the ThinkPad X1 offers a modular design that allows additional features – previously unheard of in a tablet from a major manufacturer – to snap into its svelte chassis.
The base model weighs just 1.75 lbs and is 0.3″ thick, but can be transformed into a fully-fledged laptop, courtesy of a full size ThinkPad keyboard with TrackPoint. It offers three adjustable typing angles and promises to “creates the classic ThinkPad keystroke feel”. Keyboard and tablet together weigh just 2.4 pounds – ultraportable? Check.
But we know all about ultraportables, right? Wrong. Add the Presenter Module and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is transformed into a presentation device. It includes an integrated Pico projector and full-size HDMI in/out port that will project a 60-inch display from 2 meters away. Handy for meetings as well as movie night.
When you need to crunch, the Productivity Module adds a 5-hour battery boost that increases overall battery life from 10 to 15 hours. It also includes full-size HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, a OneLink+ docking connector.
If you’re a creative professional (or you just like scanning stuff) a 3D Imaging Module incorporates a rear-facing Intel RealSense R200 3D camera that transforms the tablet into a 3D scanner. That will allow you to capture and edit objects for design on 3D printing purposes.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet will be available starting February from $899, accompanied by the Productivity Module, priced at $149. Expect to see the Projector Module in May from $279, joined by the 3D Imaging Module, priced from $149.