Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7: Full specs comparison

We have comprehensively analyzed the technical specifications for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 models. Our report includes intricate details such as the CPU, memory, storage, battery life, display quality, and other features.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Newer manufacturing

2021 vs. 2019

Supports larger memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 supports a larger memory capacity than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. It supports up to 32GB versus 16GB of system memory on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Max system memory size
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
32 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
16 GB
Supports faster memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 supports a faster memory speed than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. It supports up to 4267MHz versus 2133MHz of system memory on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Memory type and speed
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - LPDDR4X
4,267 MHz
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - LPDDR3
2,133 MHz

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9.

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-10710U inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 has a 6% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-1180G7 inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10710U
4,786
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i7-1180G7
4,474
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i7-1160G7
4,238
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8665U
4,209
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 - Intel Core i5-1130G7
4,079
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8365U
3,442
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10510U
2,942
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-10210U
2,933
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8565U
2,327
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8265U
2,132

Prices

Here are the latest price updates and offers for both devices.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Price
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 20XW004QUS -14-inch (1920 x 1200) - Intel i5-1135G7 Quad-core (2.40 GHz) - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Black - Windows 10 Pro – Intel Iris Xe Graphics (Renewed)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 20XW004QUS -14-inch (1920 x 1200) - Intel i5-1135G7 Quad-core (2.40 GHz) - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD - Black - Windows 10 Pro – Intel Iris Xe Graphics (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$399.00
$499.00 20% OFF
LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Gen 9 Intel Core i7-1165G7, FHD Non-Touch Screen,16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
LENOVO ThinkPad X1 Carbon 9th Gen 9 Intel Core i7-1165G7, FHD Non-Touch Screen,16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Backlit KYB Fingerprint Reader, Windows Pro
By LENOVO
$1,019.00
LENOVO Latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 14" FHD+ Ultrabook IPS Touchscreen 400 nits,11th gen i7-1165G7, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Fingerprint Reader, Thunderbolt 4, Win 10 Pro, Black
LENOVO Latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 14" FHD+ Ultrabook IPS Touchscreen 400 nits,11th gen i7-1165G7, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Fingerprint Reader, Thunderbolt 4, Win 10 Pro, Black
By LENOVO
$1,059.77
$1,179.77 10% OFF
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 Price
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Generation Ultrabook, 14" FHD(1920x1080) Display, Intel Core i7-8650U, Up to 3.6GHz, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Generation Ultrabook, 14" FHD(1920x1080) Display, Intel Core i7-8650U, Up to 3.6GHz, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$355.89
$390.99 9% OFF
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen Business Laptop, 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen Business Laptop, 14.0-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$326.00
$349.00 7% OFF
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 Business Laptop (14" 2.8K OLED, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB RAM, 4TB SSD), AI PC, Long Battery Life, Backlit, Fingerprint, FHD Webcam, Wi-Fi 6E, Win 11 Pro, Black
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 Business Laptop (14" 2.8K OLED, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB RAM, 4TB SSD), AI PC, Long Battery Life, Backlit, Fingerprint, FHD Webcam, Wi-Fi 6E, Win 11 Pro, Black
By ist computers
$2,499.99

Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Released20212019
Release Date
  • Announced on January 11, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available starting February 2021
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PricingStarting at $1,429-

Exterior

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Dimensions12.38” x 8.72” x 0.59” (314.5 x 221.6 x 14.9 mm)12.71” x 8.54” x 0.58” (323 x 217 x 14.95 mm)
Width: 12.71” (323 mm)
Depth: 8.54” (217 mm)
Height: 0.58” (14.95 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)Starting at 2.40 lbs (1.08 kg)
Colors
Black
Optional woven carbon fiber top cover
Black
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • New FN row F9-F11
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.

Display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Size14 Inches14 Inches
Info
  • 14" UHD+
    16:10 3840 x 2400 IPS low-power HDR400 with Dolby Vision™ DCI P3 100% 500 nits TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare low-power 100% sRGB 400 nits Low-power TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with Touch support 
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB 400 nits TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with Touch & PrivacyGuard support 
    16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB PrivacyGuard 500 nits
  • 14” UHD (3840 x 2160)
    IPS, glossy, Dolby Vision™ HDR 400, 500 nits.
  • 14” WQHD (2560 x 1440)
    IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, low power, anti-glare, 400 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, PrivacyGuard, anti-glare, 400 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits.

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Ports
Image Source: Lenovo
Left (4)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0
Right (4)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
  • 1 x nanoSIM card slot
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Always On
  • 1 x lock slot
    Kensington Lock
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports always on.
  • 1 x Network extension for Ethernet/side mechanical docking
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x Headphone / mic combo
  • 1 x WWAN slot
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot

Internal Specs

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Processor
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.00 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.20 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.20 → 4.60 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 3.90 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.10 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.60 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  4. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.80 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  5. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.20 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  6. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  7. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U
    6 cores, 12 threads, 1.10 → 4.70 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  1. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  2. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  3. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  4. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  5. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  6. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  7. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Memory
8GB 16GB 32GB
4266 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR4x Memory.
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
Storage
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB
M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSD (Replaceable).
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).

Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Wi-FiIntel® Wi-Fi 6™ AX201 802.11AX (2 x 2)
Up to 2400 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC
    Up to 867 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1
  • Bluetooth 5.0
MoreOptional WWAN: 4x4 MIMO 5G (LTE CAT20) / 4G (LTE CAT12)-

Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Size57 Wh
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 15 hours
Based on MobileMark® 2018 battery-life benchmark test
  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.

Software

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Built-in Apps
Lenovo Vantage
  • Lenovo Vantage

Camera & Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Camera
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy shutter
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD 720p with ThinkShutter
  • Front-facing camera
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • IR & 720p HD Camera with microphone
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • Dolby® Voice®
  • 4 x 360-degree microphones
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • 4 x 360-degree far-field microphones

Misc

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • NFC
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • Power-on Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • Match on Chip Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • Webcam privacy shutter
  • HPD sensor with IR Camera
  • ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • ThinkPad PrivacyAlert
  • Kensington™ lock slot
  • Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
  • Match-on-Chip Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • ThinkShutter camera cover
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuard
  • Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Kensington lock slot
In the box
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
  • 65W AC adapter
  • 57Wh Internal battery
  • Quick Start Guide
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Warranty1-year Depot or Carry-in-

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
At Glance
Released in Early
2021
16:9 4K UHD+
14”
2400p 60Hz
Weight
2.49 lb
1.13 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1180G7
4C/8T, 2.20 → 4.60 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,364
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,474
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Ports
Released in
2019
16:9 4K UHD
14”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
2.40 lb
1.09 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-10710U
6C/12T, 1.10 → 4.70 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,051
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,786
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3

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