[Specs and Info] Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 – Continuing with the experiment

You should be pretty accustomed to the ThinkPad X1 series by now, as Lenovo’s stated what they want to do with these premium notebooks. And that is to use them as a testing field to see what works and what doesn’t, so they know how to adopt new technologies and features into their wide-range devices.

Similar to how F1 keeps pushing and experimenting with road-relevant tech in the last few years, including hybrid powertrains and such. But let’s stop with the motorsport analogies, we’re here to talk about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5, which will probably push its cooling to the extreme, and we can deduce that just by looking at the spec sheet.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5: Full Specs


The laptop comes with a carbon fiber lid and an aluminum base. You can order the lid with an additional carbon fiber weave for a distinct look, as the regular laptop has its carbon painted over, as making the well-known woven pattern takes extra time and is more expensive. The whole laptop is black and stealthy, with a slim 17.9 mm profile and a weight of only 1.88 kg.


The display selection includes three 16:10 displays, starting with a FHD+ IPS panel with 300 nits of brightness, a 1200:1 contrast ratio, and 100% sRGB coverage. From there, you can move to a QHD+ display with 500 nits of brightness and the same contrast ratio and coverage. Lastly, there is a UHD+ display with 600 nits of brightness, a higher 1500:1 contrast ratio, and 100% AdobeRGB.

Specifications and features

The Thinkpad X1 Extreme really goes to the extreme, housing Alder Lake H-series processors and RTX 30-series graphics, with up to the Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3080 Ti. With these specs, you would need some serious cooling, but with this being an X1 laptop, we’re sure that Lenovo will be up to some dark magic and science to make use of all that potential performance.

The base houses two front-firing speaker grills, a power button with a fingerprint reader, and a TrackPoint with physical buttons above the touchpad. The board is spill-resistant. On the sides, we have the I/O, with two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, an SD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

All Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 configurations:

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