Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Review

The trend of the convertible laptop in the modern community has never stopped. While the Surface Pro is challenging the competition, Lenovo comes out with the latest take on it. Yes, we are talking about ThinkPad X12 Detachable.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12

This Windows tablet is one of the most revolutionary devices from the respectful brand. And for those who have been huge fans of Lenovo, you know that it is one of the most irresistible innovations from your favorite brand.

Lenovo has always come up with products that avid fans will welcome warmly in the market. It is not the first time that Lenovo comes with such a breaking-through idea. We have seen how they did in razor-thin X1 Nano. But we always had the problem with the price tag, knowing that we could get the same values from more affordable alternatives.

But the close competition could happen right now because Lenovo already has Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable. It is still in the ThinkPad division. And its X12 means that it comes in a 12.3-inch size. But what makes it different is its detachable keyboard deck.

For those who have been able to interpret such messages, it is not surprising for them to welcome this. If you are interested in following the detachable PC, you need to add this to your list. So, let’s go straight to its marks.

Pricing and Variations

As we know, the ThinkPad category tends to be hefty in tag price. However, you always have the freedom to choose the more affordable variation.

The entry-level variation only costs you $1097. It has i3-110G4 CPU, RAM 8GB, and 256GB of SSD.

The middle entry costs $1,403 which comes with i5-1140G7, RAM 16 GB, and 512GB of SSD.

If you need such huge performance, consider taking the higher level of configurations offered by Lenovo at $1409 which comes with an i7-1160G7 CPU. And the highest end variation whips to $1655 which grants you powerful Core 17, faster 16GB memory, and more abundant storage of 1TB SSD.

The Detachable Design

At a glance, the overall design will remind you of the conventional ThinkPad. But you now have the ability to get rid of the bottom half, thanks to the detachable design that Lenovo offers.

We can interpret it as a 2-in-1 device just like the latter Surface Pro version now in the market. The stylish matte-black finish gives such a great kick, showing how strong and resilient it is. However, It just weighs 1.7 pounds. For a mobile person, it is definitely golden.

The Build Quality

If you have been following Lenovo, you know what to expect from the ThinkPad family. It won’t disappoint you if you need a strong travel buddy out there.

As claimed by the official manufacturer, the particular 2-in-1 tablet has passed military-grade durability tests. The testers have given the pass because of the strength of the device in withstanding some extreme situations.

Security and privacy

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 will keep your privacy intact with a good amount of privacy features. One of them is a ThinkShutter lens cover which will prevent someone from snatching the image without your permission.

The IR camera is also available in this fantastic buddy. The biometric login is also available, empowered by Windows Hello. It will make sure that you are the only one who can access your device. There is also a TPM 2.0 security chip that will encrypt all of the data transferred between this device and others.

The Display

The 12.3-inch will give you a good 1920 x 1080 px display. As we know it, it can be a perfect spec for watching your favorite movies, coloring your logo, browsing the web, making great presentations, and so on. You can do a lot of things with it. We tested the screen by watching Mortal Kombat 2021 movie, and it was great. We are totally mesmerized in the last fight between Sub-Zero and the Scorpion. The display really gives everything.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Keyboard is included with the base Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable package.

When you attach the keyboard, the full version of the convertible looks like X1 Carbon. But the keyboard tends to be shallower than its predecessors. Since the keyboard dimensions are aligned with the overall dimensions, each key is sized smaller than a normal laptop. For some folks, it could be a problem. But our tester, Fred, managed to master the art of typing in the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 after 40 minutes of usage.

Audio quality

The audio quality from the dual speakers of X12 can be categorized as “so-so”. well, it is something that you can expect from a convertible device. It is not the best sound for music but has clarity enough in the tutorial videos. We watched some tutorial videos on YouTube and we were good with woodblock tapping bass sound from it. Of course, you can always have the choice to use your headphones for an audiophile experience.


The configuration that we tested was the one with Core i5.

We opened dozens of tabs with different accesses to YouTube, Facebook, Web-based graphic designer, and other textual sites. Keeping these tabs operating at the same time does not seem a huge problem for the Lenovo ThinkPad X12. We then tested it to convert a 2K video to 1080p resolution. It took around 15 minutes to finish.


The Iris Xe graphics empower the Lenovo ThinkPad X12. We tried to run Overwatch in medium graphic quality and get 50 fps, and a tad of 30-40fps when the game was crowded. We can imagine how heavy it was for the Higher and Ultra Graphic settings.

Battery Life

We tested it with medium brightness. The activity we chose was web surfing. With this single task, the convertible device can stay up to 11 hours one minute on our specific test. It is indeed great stuff.

• It has a powerful and reliable processor
• The detachable keyboard deck – what can be better than this flexibility?
• Lenovo is kind enough to add the keyboard and stylus to the package
• 3:2 display – which is enough for most mobile folks

• Lesser ports numbers
• Limited capabilities in upgrading the specs

By Lyubomir Dimitrov

Experienced backend and full-stack PHP developer with a demonstrated history of working in the cryptocurrency industry. Also skilled in cloud-based software products. Strong blockchain professional with a Master's degree focused in Tech development from Amsterdam Institute of Technology. Participate in regular online webinars with famous experts from the IT-sphere.