Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs T490s

In this post we will compare Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Lenovo ThinkPad T490s. We will cover both 7th and 6th generation of ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 (14”)
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 (14″)
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Key Features

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
Gen 7 (14”)
Slimmer, sleeker and lighter versionLightweight portability and heavyweight performance
Up to 18.3-hour of battery lifeRedesigned narrower bezel yields a sleek and modern design
Built-in suite of ThinkShield security featuresAn amazing 14” FHD touchscreen display
Intel® Core™ technology for high performanceEnhanced security and privacy features
Enhanced audio for ultimate surround soundUp to 20 hours of battery life, and an aluminum cover for the Silver option
An optional carbon-fiber weave top cover availableJust might just be best T-Series business laptop ever
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 T490s
Processor
GEN 7 (14”)
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U (1.60GHz, up to 3.90GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8665U with vPro™ (1.90GHz, up to 4.80GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 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 T490s
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
DisplayLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, touchscreen, 300 nits
14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, low power, 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
Gen 6 (14″)
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 T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz8GB DDR4 2400 MHz (Soldered)
Gen 6 (14″)
8GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz (Soldered)
BatteryLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 18.3 hours* on 51Whr, includes Rapid Charge technology†Up to 20 hours* 57Wh,
Gen 6 (14″)Rapid Charge technology available with 65W AC
Integrated 3 cell Li-Ion 57Wh with RapidCharge technology
Up to 15 hours of battery life*
StorageLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Up to 1TB SSD PCIe512GB SSD PCIe
Gen 6 (14″)
256GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
Up to Integrated Intel® UHD 620 GraphicsIntegrated Intel® UHD 620 graphics
SecurityLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilitiesFast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication capabilities
Match-on-Chip Fingerprint ReaderOptional: Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
dTPM 2.0 chipdTPM 2.0
ThinkShutter camera coverOptional: Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyGuardThinkShutter
Optional: ThinkPad PrivacyAlert*Optional: PrivacyGuard
Optional IR CameraOptional: PrivacyAlert (requires PrivacyGuard)
Kensington lock slotKensington lock slot
Gen 6 (14″)
Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
dTPM 2.0
Match-on-chip touch fingerprint reader
Windows Hello with facial recognition software (requires IR camera)
ThinkShutter
Kensington® lock slot
AudioLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Dolby Atmos™ Speaker SystemDolby Audio™ Premium
4 x 360-degree far-field microphonesDual 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 T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
720p HD Camera with microphone720p HD with ThinkShutter privacy cover
IR & 720p HD Camera with microphoneOptional: Hybrid Infrared (IR) 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 T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
12.71″ x 8.54″ x 0.58″ / 323 x 217 x 14.95 (mm)12.95” x 8.90” x 0.63” / 328.8 x 226.15 x 16.7 (mm)
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 T490s
GEN 7 (14”)
Starting at 2.40 lbs (1.08 kg)Starting at 2.98 lbs (1.35 kg)
Gen 6 (14″)
Starting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)
ColorLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
BlackBlack
ConnectivityLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
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® Dual-Band 9560 with vPro™ 802.11 AC (2 x 2)
Optional WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band 9560 802.11 AC vPro™ (2 x 2)Bluetooth® 5.0
Bluetooth® 5.0
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 T490s
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 dockingCombo MicroSD card reader / Micro-Sim slot
Headphone / mic comboSmart card reader (Optional)
Optional: WWAN slotHeadphone / mic combo
Gen 6 (14″)HDMI 1.4
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1** (one Always On)RJ45 Gigabit via Ethernet Extension Adapter (Optional)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data transfer)
HDMI
Headphone / microphone combo jack
MicroSD card reader
Ethernet Extension Connector (Dongle for Native Ethernet sold separately)
KeyboardLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
Spill resistantSpill resistant
Backlit with white LED lightingBottom-load backlight with white LED lighting (Optional)
Supported DockingLenovo ThinkPad X1 CarbonLenovo ThinkPad T490s
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