Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen 2018 Disassembly and RAM, SSD upgrade options


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 has outstanding internal workmanship. The design of the battery and the motherboard can maximize the battery capacity, and it is also very convenient for design and assembly. Also, the laptop uses a single fan, dual copper pipe thermal module, it also reserved a 4G module slot, if the user wants to use 4G, you need to purchase an additional 4G module.

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First, we need to remove the SIM card tray first. Otherwise, you can’t remove the back cover.
Remove SIM card tray

Then loosen all the screws on the back cover, because there is no snap to fix the back cover, so you can easily remove it.
Remove bottom cover

With the bottom cover removed, you can get access to the battery, SSD, Wi-Fi card, heat sink, cooling fan, speaker, and motherboard.
Internal picture

The cooling system has two copper tubes and one fan from Nidec. There is also has a black sticker on the processor.
Cooling system

The heat sink with a ThinkPad FRU of 01NR203. There is a silver sticker, which is the memory module of the laptop.
Heat sink

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 comes with a 512GB Samsung PCIe NVMe PM981 M.2 SSD. Samsung P/N: MZ-VLB5120, Lenovo P/N: 00UP490.

Here’s Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265NGW Wi-Fi module with a Lenovo number of 01AX702.
Wi-Fi module

The laptop also has a WWAN M.2 2242 slot, which you can install a 4G LTE module, but I did not find the WWAN antenna.
If you don’t need the 4G module, maybe you can install an M.2 SSD.

Uncover the silver sticker, and you can find four SK Hynix chips, they are the memory chips soldered on the motherboard.
It does not reserve RAM slots, so you have no way to upgrade memory.

It comes with an 11.52V, 57Wh Li-ion battery with a Lenovo part number of 01AV430 and SB10K97587.

The left side ports are fixed with a metal plate, which keeps it from loosening.

Speaker module
Speaker module


  1. this laptop is a piece of shit, 1st the battery fails but in the process destroys the motherboard, $700 later and 4 months later the ram fails, tossing this $2200 mistake in the garbage


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