Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 vs. MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 and MacBook Air (M1, 2020) specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 vs. MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 features the 15W 8th Generation Intel Kaby Lake R quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U up to quad-core Intel Core i7-8650U with the boost speed up to 4.20 GHz. While the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) features the 10W Apple M-Series ARM 64-bit 8-core Apple M1 (7 GPU Cores) up to 8-core Apple M1 with a clock speed of 3.20 GHz.

If you are in the market looking for a laptop and don't know what's the difference between the 14″ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 (2018) and the 13.3″ MacBook Air (M1, 2020) , we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 vs. MacBook Air (M1, 2020): Specs Comparison

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6

MacBook Air (M1, 2020) image

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

Key Features
What's new
Better Performance
With the new Apple M1 Chip, it now 3x times faster in exporting a project in iMovie, 5x times faster applying 3D effects in Final Cut Pro, editing multiple streams 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro with no frame drop, 2x times faster in exporting photos in Lightroom, and more.
Better Battery Life
It's a MacBook Air with the longest battery life ever made, with up to 18-hours of watching movies and 15 hours of web browsing.
Better FaceTime HD camera
With the latest Apple Image Single Processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, image quality is better in noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance.
Better Display
It now supports P3 wide color with 400-nits of display brightness.
More
  • Supports latest USB 4
  • Supports latest Wi-Fi 6
  • Better security with new Secure Enclave in M1 chip
What's missing
  • Supports only one extended [email protected] display, while the older Intel version supports up to two [email protected]
  • Not supports for external Thunderbolt-3 enabled graphics processors (eGPUs).
AvailabilityLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Released20182020
Release InfoAnnounced on November 10th, 2020
Pricing
  • $999
    Apple M1 Chip (7 cores GPU) | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD
  • $1,249
    Apple M1 Chip (8 cores GPU) | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 Price
Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Generation Ultrabook: Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14inch Full HD Display, Backlit Keyboard (Renewed)
Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Generation Ultrabook: Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14inch Full HD Display, Backlit Keyboard (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$1,000.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen 14" FHD IPS Laptop i5-8250U 8GB 256GB Win10 Pro (Black)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen 14" FHD IPS Laptop i5-8250U 8GB 256GB Win10 Pro (Black)
By Lenovo
$1,270.78
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) - Windows 10 Pro - Intel Quad Core i7-8650U, 256GB NVMe-PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, 14" FHD IPS (1920x1080) Display, Fingerprint Reader, Black (Renewed)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) - Windows 10 Pro - Intel Quad Core i7-8650U, 256GB NVMe-PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, 14" FHD IPS (1920x1080) Display, Fingerprint Reader, Black (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$879.00
MacBook Air (M1, 2020) Price
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
By Apple
$1,199.00
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
By Apple
$899.99
Was: $999.00
MacBook Air Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD Space Gray
MacBook Air Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD Space Gray
By Apple
$1,036.63
DisplayLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Size14 Inches13.3 Inches
Info
  • 14” FHD
    1920 x 1080, IPS, 60Hz, anti-glare, 300 nits, multi-touch.
  • 14” WQHD
    2560 x 1440, IPS, 60Hz, anti-glare, 300 nits, multi-touch.
  • 14” HDR WQHD
    2560 x 1440, IPS, 60Hz, glossy, Dolby Vision™ HDR, 500 nits, multi-touch.
Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 400 nits brightness
  • Supports wide color (P3)
  • True Tone technology
ExteriorLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Size Comparison
Dimensions12.73” x 8.54” x 0.62” (323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 mm)
Width: 12.73” (323.5 mm)
Depth: 8.54” (217.1 mm)
Height: 0.62” (15.95 mm)
  • Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
  • Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
  • Height: 0.16–0.63 inch (0.41–1.61 cm)
WeightStarting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)Starting at 2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)
Colors
BlackBlack with color coded hinges
Gold Space Gray Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.
Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
Ports
  • 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 MicroSD card reader
  • 1 x WWAN slot (Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A cat 9) (optional)
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot
Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
Internal SpecsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Processor
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8250U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 3.40 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  • Apple M1 (7 GPU Cores)
    8 cores, 8 threads, 3.20 GHz, 10W
  • Apple M1
    8 cores, 8 threads, 3.20 GHz, 10W
Integrated Graphics
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8250U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  • Apple M1 (7 GPU Cores)
    Apple M1 iGPU
    7 Graphics Cores, 1280 MHz
  • Apple M1
    Apple M1 iGPU
    8 Graphics Cores, 1280 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
  • 8GB
    4266 MHz LPDDR4X onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB
Storage
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).
  • 256GB 512GB
    SSD
  • Configurable to 1TB or 2TB
ConnectivityLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Wi-Fi
  • Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC(2x2) 8265
    Up to 867 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
  • 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
  • WWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A cat 9
BatteryLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Size
  • 3-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 57 Wh
49.9 Wh lithium‑polymer battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 15 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
  • Up to 15 hours wireless web
  • Up to 18 hours Apple TV app movie playback
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
30W USB‑C Power Adapter
SoftwareLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Shipped with macOS Big Sur
Built-in Apps
  • Lenovo Vantage
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Camera & AudioLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • IR Facial Authentication (optional)
720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Dolby Audio™ Premium
  • Dolby Atmos® for headphones
  • Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for Dolby Atmos playback
  • Three-mic array with directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
MiscLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
  • Match-on-Chip Fingerprint Reader
  • dTPM 2.0 chip
  • ThinkShutter camera cover
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Kensington lock slot
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
In the box
  • MacBook Air
  • 30W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)
WarrantyYour MacBook Air comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
MoreVideo Support
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:
    • One external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz
  • Thunderbolt 3 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 Price
Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Generation Ultrabook: Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14inch Full HD Display, Backlit Keyboard (Renewed)
Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Generation Ultrabook: Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14inch Full HD Display, Backlit Keyboard (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$1,000.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen 14" FHD IPS Laptop i5-8250U 8GB 256GB Win10 Pro (Black)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen 14" FHD IPS Laptop i5-8250U 8GB 256GB Win10 Pro (Black)
By Lenovo
$1,270.78
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) - Windows 10 Pro - Intel Quad Core i7-8650U, 256GB NVMe-PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, 14" FHD IPS (1920x1080) Display, Fingerprint Reader, Black (Renewed)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) - Windows 10 Pro - Intel Quad Core i7-8650U, 256GB NVMe-PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, 14" FHD IPS (1920x1080) Display, Fingerprint Reader, Black (Renewed)
By Lenovo
$879.00
MacBook Air (M1, 2020) Price
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
By Apple
$1,199.00
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
By Apple
$899.99
Was: $999.00
MacBook Air Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD Space Gray
MacBook Air Apple M1 chip 8GB Memory 256GB SSD Space Gray
By Apple
$1,036.63

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