Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 Pros

Reasons that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 is better than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8.

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-10710U inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 has a 57% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-10610U inside Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10710U
4,786
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 - Intel Core i7-10610U
3,042
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 - Intel Core i5-10310U
2,992
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-10510U
2,942
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 - Intel Core i7-10510U
2,942
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-10210U
2,933
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 - Intel Core i5-10210U
2,933
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8665U
2,425
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8365U
2,419
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i7-8565U
2,327
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Intel Core i5-8265U
2,132

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7: Our analysis and reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Supports Windows 11

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8265U → Intel Core i7-10710U
4GB RAM8GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 → 6 cores
All-day battery life of up to 18.3-hours

According to Lenovo, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 lasts up to 18.3 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Upgradable storage

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7.

Non-upgradable memory

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8: Our analysis and reviews

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8.

Supports Windows 11

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-10210U → Intel Core i7-10610U
4GB RAM8GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
All-day battery life of up to 19.5-hours

According to Lenovo, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 lasts up to 19.5 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 19.5 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Upgradable storage

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8.

Non-upgradable memory

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
At Glance
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
Released in
2020
16:9 4K UHD
14”
2160p 60Hz
Weight
2.40 lb
1.09 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-10610U
4C/8T, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
968
Single Core
Geekbench 5
3,042
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2133 MHz LPDDR3

Availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Released20192020
Release Date-
  • Announced at CES 2020
Pricing-Starting at $1,553.30
Stores

Exterior

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Size Comparison
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Dimensions12.71” 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)
12.71” x 8.54” x 0.59” (323 x 217 x 14.95 mm)
Width: 12.71” (323 mm)
Depth: 8.54” (217 mm)
Height: 0.59” (14.95 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.40 lbs (1.08 kg)Starting at 2.40 lbs (1.09 kg)
Colors
Black
  • Black
  • Black with Woven Top Cover
    Available only on UHD displays.
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.
  • Spill-resistant, Backlit with white LED lighting keyboard.
  • New FN row F9-F11
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.

Display

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Size14 Inches14 Inches
Info
  • 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.
  • 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, PrivacyGuard, anti-glare, 500 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, anti-glare, low power, touchscreen, 400 nits.
  • 14” FHD (1920 x 1080)
    IPS, anti-glare, 400 nits.

Ports

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 image
  • 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
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 image
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports (1 port is 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 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Processor
  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
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.20 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 4.40 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  4. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 71
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U64561.37%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U63860.70%
3
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U80476.50%
4
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U76572.79%
5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U94489.82%
6
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U95791.06%
7
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U1,051100.00%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 81
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U94489.82%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U95791.06%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™94690.01%
4
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™96892.10%
01,051

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 71
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8265U2,13244.55%
2
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365U2,41950.54%
3
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U2,32748.62%
4
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8665U2,42550.67%
5
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U2,93361.28%
6
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U2,94261.47%
7
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10710U4,786100.00%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 81
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U2,93361.28%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U2,94261.47%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™2,99262.52%
4
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™3,04263.56%
04,786
Integrated Graphics
  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
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  4. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
  • 8GB 16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
Storage
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).
  • 256 GB 512 GB 1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).

Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Wi-Fi
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 AC
    Up to 867 Mbps, Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
  • Intel® 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.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth 5.0
More-Optional WWAN: Integrated Global Mobile Broadband 4G LTE-A

Battery

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Size
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 18.3 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
  • Up to 19.5 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 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Built-in Apps
  • Lenovo Vantage
  • Lenovo Vantage

Camera & Audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • IR & 720p HD Camera with microphone
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD 720p with ThinkShutter
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • 4 x 360-degree far-field microphones
  • Dolby Atmos™ Speaker System
  • 4 x 360-degree far-field microphones

Misc

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Sensors
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader on the palm rest
  • Optional IR Camera
  • Ambient light sensor
Security
  • 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
  • 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 8
  • 65W AC adapter
  • 4 Cell 51Wh Internal battery
  • Quick Start Guide
Warranty-1-year Depot or Carry-in

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