Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs T490

In this post we will compare Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Lenovo ThinkPad T490. We will cover both 7th and 6th generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 (14”)
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 (14″)
Starting at:$1,481.35

Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
Gen 7 (14”)
Slimmer, sleeker and lighter versionDoes everything but make the coffee
Up to 18.3-hour of battery lifeStarting weight of just 3.23 lbs / 1.46 kg, perfect for portability
Built-in suite of ThinkShield security featuresNew narrow bezel design
Intel® Core™ technology for high performanceEnhanced security and privacy features
Enhanced audio for ultimate surround soundUp to 16.11 hrs of battery life
An optional carbon-fiber weave top cover availablePreferred laptop for serious business professionals.
Gen 6 (14″)
Ultralight, and weighs less than 2.5 lbs.
14″ screen with stunning display features
Packed with powerful processors
Huge storage and even faster memory
Up to 15 hours of battery life
RapidCharge technology
Legendary durability merged an elegant design
Seamless responsiveness for ultimate mobile productivity
Optional Global LTE-A connectivity and optional multi-touch screen

Technical Specification

ModelLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
Processor
GEN 7 (14”)
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U (1.60GHz, up to 3.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)Up to 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10510U (1.80GHz, up to 4.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 8MB Cache)
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8665U with vPro™ (1.90GHz, up to 4.80GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8MB Cache)
10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10210U (1.60GHz, up to 4.20GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)
10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10510U (1.80GHz, up to 4.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8MB Cache)
Gen 6 (14″)
Up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8650U with vPro™ (1.90GHz, up to 4.20GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
Operating SystemLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
DisplayLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits14″ HD (1366 x 768) anti-glare, 220 nits
14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, low power, anti-glare, 400 nits14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 250 nits
14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits
14″ UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, glossy, dolby vision™ HDR 400, 500 nits14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, low power, anti-glare, 400 nits
Gen 6 (14″)14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, glossy, 500 nits
14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits
14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits
MemoryLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHzUp to 48GB DDR4 2400MHz
Gen 6 (14″)
8GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz (Soldered)
BatteryLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 18.3 hours* on 51Whr, includes Rapid Charge technology†Up to 16.11 hours* 50Whr
Gen 6 (14″)
Integrated 3 cell Li-Ion 57Wh with RapidCharge technologyRapid Charge available with 65W AC adapter
Up to 15 hours of battery life*
StorageLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 1TB SSD PCIeUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
Gen 6 (14″)
256GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
Up to Integrated Intel® UHD 620 GraphicsIntegrated Intel® UHD Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 2GB
SecurityLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilitiesFast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication capabilities
Match-on-Chip Fingerprint ReaderdTPM 2.0
dTPM 2.0 chipOptional: Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
ThinkShutter camera coverThinkShutter, webcam privacy cover
Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuardOptional: PrivacyGuard
Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*Optional: Privacy Alert
Optional IR CameraKensington lock slot
Kensington lock slot
Gen 6 (14″)For T490 Healthcare Edition
Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilitiesFIPS-201 Fingerprint Reader
dTPM 2.0RFID Reader
Match-on-chip touch fingerprint readerIR camera with Windows Hello
Windows Hello with facial recognition software (requires IR camera)dTPM 2.0
ThinkShutterThinkShutter camera cover
Kensington® lock slotOptional: PrivacyGuard
Optional: PrivacyAlert
Kensington lock slot
AudioLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Dolby Atmos™ Speaker SystemDolby Audio™ Premium
4 x 360-degree far-field microphonesDual Array far-field microphones
Gen 6 (14″)
Noise-cancelling dual-array far field microphones
Dolby Audio™ Premium
Dolby Atmos® for headphones
CameraLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
720p HD Camera with microphoneHD 720p with ThinkShutter privacy cover
IR & 720p HD Camera with microphoneOptional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) + HD with ThinkShutter
Gen 6 (14″)
HD 720p with ThinkShutter and microphone
Optional: IR camera – required for facial recognition. ThinkShutter is not available on configurations with the IR Camera.
Dimensions (H x W x D)Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
12.71″ x 8.54″ x 0.58″ / 323 x 217 x 14.95 (mm)329mm x 227mm x 17.9mm / 12.95″ x 8.94″ x 0.70″
Gen 6 (14″)
12.73″ x 8.54″ x 0.62″ / 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 (mm)
WeightLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)Starting at:
Starting at 2.40 lbs (1.08 kg)HD: 3.37 lbs (1.53 kg)
Gen 6 (14″)FHD IPS / touchscreen & non-touch: 3.41 lbs (1.55 kg)
Starting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)FHD low power: 3.23 lbs (1.46 kg)
FHD with PrivacyGuard: 3.56 lbs (1.61 kg)
WQHD: 3.23 lbs (1.46 kg)
ColorLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
BlackBlack
ConnectivityLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
Network extension for Ethernet/side mechanical dockingWWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE-A Cat9 (Optional)
WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC (2 x 2)WLAN: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11 AX (2 x 2)
Optional WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC vPro™ (2 x 2)Bluetooth® 5.0
Bluetooth® 5.0Optional: NFC†
Optional WWAN: Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE CAT9
Gen 6 (14″)
Intel® 8265 802.11AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth® 4.1 with vPro™
PortsLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
GEN 7 (14”)
2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt™ 3 (DisplayPort, Data transfer)2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** (one Always On)
2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1)** (1 always on)1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
HDMI 1.41 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
Network extension for Ethernet/side mechanical dockingMicroSD card reader
Headphone / mic comboSmart card reader (Optional)
Optional: WWAN slotHeadphone / mic combo
Gen 6 (14″)Micro-SIM slot*
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** (one Always On)HDMI 1.4
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
HDMI
Headphone / microphone combo jack
MicroSD card reader
Ethernet Extension Connector (Dongle for Native Ethernet sold separately)
KeyboardLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
Spill resistantSpill resistant
Backlit with white LED lightingBottom-load backlight with white LED lighting (Optional)
Lenovo Quick Clean* (App that disengages keyboard / touchpad for up to 90 seconds)
Supported DockingLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490
ThinkPad Thunderbolt™ 3 DockThinkPad Thunderbolt Dock Gen 2
USB 3.0 DockThinkPad Basic/Pro/Ultra Dock
ThinkPad 90W Basic Dock
ThinkPad 90W Pro Dock
ThinkPad 90W Ultra Dock