Dubbed the X1 Carbon Gen 8, the Linux friendly ThinkPad will be followed by forthcoming versions of the ThinkPad P1 Gen2 and ThinkPad P53.
Lenovo said it is happy to sell the Fedora-powered X1 Carbon to home users as well. The new X1 Carbon runs Fedora Workstation 32 which uses the Linux Kernel 5.6. It includes WireGuard virtual private network (VPN) support and USB4 support. This Fedora version uses the new GNOME 3.36 for its default desktop.
The system itself comes standard with a 10th Generation Intel Core 1.6Ghz i5-10210U CPU, with up to 4.20 GHz with Turbo Boost. This processor boasts 4 Cores, 8 Threads, and a 6 MB cache. It has 8MBs of LPDDR3 RAM.
The downside is the memory is soldered which reduces the manufacturing costs. Linux users tend to like to optimize their hardware and this restricts their ability to add RAM.
You can upgrade it to 16MBs for an additional $149. For storage, the X1 defaults to a 256GB SSD. You can push it up to a 1TB SSD. That upgrade will cost you $536.
The X1 Carbon Gen 8 has a 14.0" Full High Definition (FHD) (1920 x 1080) screen. For practical purposes, this is as high a resolution as you want on a laptop. This display is powered by an integrated Intel HD Graphics chipset.
For networking, the X1 uses an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11AX with vPro (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 5.0 chipset. The entire default package has a base price of $2,145.