Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Here is a side by side comparison between Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

The 2020 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 features the 15W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake quad-core Intel Core i5-10210U up to quad-core Intel Core i7-10610U with the boost speed up to 4.90 GHz. While the 2021 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 features the 15W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake UP4 quad-core Intel Core i5-1130G7 up to quad-core Intel Core i7-1180G7 with the boost speed up to 4.60 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 8 (2020) and the 14″ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9: Specs Comparison

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Key Features
What's new
  • One of our first Intel® 14" mobility-certified laptops
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Amazing display options
  • Up to 19.5 hours of battery life
  • Best-in-class connectivity, and rapid charging technology
  • Advanced security options and enhanced audio
  • Delivers the ultimate in premium performance
Intel® Evo™ platform
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 laptop delivers a powerhouse combination of performance, responsiveness, battery life, and stunning visuals.
Better Performance
A new set of performance improvements with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 vPro® processors, Intel® Iris™ Xe graphics, and 32GB of 4266 MHz dual-channel LPDDR4x memory.
Better Cooling
The new one-bar hinge, dual fan, and rear venting for an improved Intelligent Thermal Solution mean you can put in long hours on the job, and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 laptop will stay as cool as you are.
All-new 16:10 Displays
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 features a refined 16:10 display with narrow bezels and a rich, high-resolution screen, low-power panel energy-efficient, and TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue-light emissions to promote eye-care health.
More
Dolby® Voice® Wider TouchPad Larger Battery Optional 4G/5G WWAN Zero-touch login with Human-presence detection
AvailabilityLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Released20202021
Release Info
  • Announced at CES 2020
  • Announced on January 11, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available starting February 2021
PricingStarting at $1,553.30Starting at $1,429
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Price
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,659.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Laptop, 14.0" FHD IPS 400 nits, i5-10210U, Webcam, WiFi-6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, USB-C, HDMI, Intel UHD Graphics, Win 10 Pro, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Laptop, 14.0" FHD IPS 400 nits, i5-10210U, Webcam, WiFi-6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, USB-C, HDMI, Intel UHD Graphics, Win 10 Pro, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD
By Lenovo
$1,509.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, 14.0" FHD 400 nits, i5-10210U, UHD Graphics, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win 10 Pro
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, 14.0" FHD 400 nits, i5-10210U, UHD Graphics, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,449.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Price
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,659.00
Latest_Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 14" FHD IPS Anti-Glare 400 nits Display, 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Window 10 Pro
Latest_Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 14" FHD IPS Anti-Glare 400 nits Display, 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Window 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$964.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 1st Gen 20MF000LUS 15.6" Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Core i7 i7-8750H - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 1st Gen 20MF000LUS 15.6" Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Core i7 i7-8750H - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD
By Lenovo
$1,706.00
DisplayLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
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, 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.
  • 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 
    16:101920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB 400 nits TÜV Rheinland-certified for reduced blue light emissions
  • 14" FHD+ with Touch & PrivacyGuard support 
    16:101920 x 1200 IPS anti-glare touchscreen 100% sRGB PrivacyGuard 500 nits
ExteriorLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Size Comparison
Dimensions12.71” 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)
12.38” x 8.72” x 0.59” (314.5 x 221.6 x 14.9 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.40 lbs (1.09 kg)Starting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)
Colors
  • Black
  • Black with Woven Top Cover
    Available only on UHD displays.
Black
Optional woven carbon fiber top cover
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.
  • New FN row F9-F11
  • Trackpad + TrackPoint® pointing device.
Ports
  • 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
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4
    Supports Power Delivery & DisplayPort.
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
    Full-size USB-A ports (1 port is always on).
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x Headphone / mic combo
  • 1 x optional Nano SIM slot
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot
Internal SpecsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Processor
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.60 → 4.20 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 4.40 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.90 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.80 → 4.00 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.20 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.20 → 4.60 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10210U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10510U
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10310U with vPro™
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10610U with vPro™
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1130G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1160G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 with vPro™
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1100 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB16GB
    2133 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR3 SRAM.
8GB16GB32GB
4266 MHz Dual-channel LPDDR4x Memory.
Storage
  • 256 GB512 GB1 TB
    M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe (Replaceable).
256 GB512 GB1 TB2TB
M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSD (Replaceable).
ConnectivityLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Wi-Fi
  • 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.
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 5.1
Optional WWAN: Integrated Global Mobile Broadband 4G LTE-AOptional WWAN: 4x4 MIMO 5G (LTE CAT20) / 4G (LTE CAT12)
BatteryLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Size
  • 4-cell smart lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 51 Wh
57 Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 19.5 hours
* Tested with MobileMark 2014
Up to 15 hours
Based on MobileMark® 2018 battery-life benchmark test
Power Supply65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
65 W USB (Type-C) power adapter
Supports Rapid Charge.
SoftwareLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Built-in Apps
  • Lenovo Vantage
Lenovo Vantage
Camera & AudioLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Camera
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover
    720p (1280 x 720 HD) camera.
  • Optional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) & HD 720p with ThinkShutter
  • Front-facing camera with ThinkShutter privacy shutter
    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
  • Dolby® Voice®
  • 4 x 360-degree microphones
MiscLenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
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
  • NFC
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
  • 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
In the box
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
  • 65W AC adapter
  • 4 Cell 51Wh Internal battery
  • Quick Start Guide
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
  • 65W AC adapter
  • 57Wh Internal battery
  • Quick Start Guide
Warranty1-year Depot or Carry-in1-year Depot or Carry-in
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Price
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,659.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Laptop, 14.0" FHD IPS 400 nits, i5-10210U, Webcam, WiFi-6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, USB-C, HDMI, Intel UHD Graphics, Win 10 Pro, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 Laptop, 14.0" FHD IPS 400 nits, i5-10210U, Webcam, WiFi-6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, USB-C, HDMI, Intel UHD Graphics, Win 10 Pro, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD
By Lenovo
$1,509.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, 14.0" FHD 400 nits, i5-10210U, UHD Graphics, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win 10 Pro
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, 14.0" FHD 400 nits, i5-10210U, UHD Graphics, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Win 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,449.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 Price
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
Latest Gen 8 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14" FHD Ultrabook (400 nits) with 10th Gen Intel i7-10510U Processor up to 4.90 GHz, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, and Windows 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$1,659.00
Latest_Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 14" FHD IPS Anti-Glare 400 nits Display, 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Window 10 Pro
Latest_Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 14" FHD IPS Anti-Glare 400 nits Display, 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10210U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Window 10 Pro
By Lenovo
$964.99
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 1st Gen 20MF000LUS 15.6" Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Core i7 i7-8750H - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 1st Gen 20MF000LUS 15.6" Notebook - 1920 x 1080 - Core i7 i7-8750H - 16 GB RAM - 512 GB SSD
By Lenovo
$1,706.00

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