X210 (X200)

This page is continuously updated with the latest information on the mods available for this machine. Last updated 6 June 2020.

X210 blownup

Introduction

Photo gallery of a 13″ 3K2K thin-bezel X2100 i7-10710u hexacore and a 3rd batch i7-8650u. The last few pictures shows the FHD panel and a 12.6″ 2880*1920 panel.

The X210 (X2100) is the reincarnation of the ThinkPad X200(s)/X201(s). It has an all new updated specs but retains the classic ThinkPad design. This mod replaces the entire motherboard and fits new internal components and a slew of newer displays but features the original design and of course, the classic 7-row keyboard. This motherboard was commissioned by Hope from 51nb and had gone through 4 iterations of design.

The X210 underwent 4 revisions (with 1 test batch) and all but the 4th batch featured an 8th-gen Intel quad-core ULV CPU. The 4th batch featured a 10th-gen Intel ULV quad-core/hexa-core CPU with a USB-C instead of miniDP and was renamed X2100 to indicate the 10th gen Intel CPU.

This page is a general page for the X210 family of motherboards. For the specific sales thread, please see the shop page and the X2100 price list page.

Hardware compatibility

The motherboard is designed as a drop-in replacement for the stock motherboard of the X201 and X201s. This means that every hardware component of the original laptop is guaranteed to work with the newer motherboard, including the display, keyboard, charging port etc. Only the dock will not work as the dock port is removed. It is also fully compatible with the X200 and X200s chassis with the exception of the right-side IO daughterboard. Some minor modifications might be needed for the motherboard but in general, this mod is a drop-in replacement.

Display

Left: 13″ thin-bezel 3K display, right: 12.1″ stock display

The display has been upgraded from the stock 12.1″ display. The motherboard retains support for the stock panels even though the 10th gen platform does not support LVDS panels by using an eDP to LVDS adapter on the motherboard. A dip switch is on the motherboard toggling between LVDS/eDP.

Aftermarket displays are available for the motherboard and are all eDP panels. Theoretically any eDP panels can be supported but there are 3 main options supported by the board.

DisplayDescriptionGeneral specificationLink
LP130QP1-SPA1 LPM130M364This panel is the one offered by me. It’s the best panel for the X210 currently.
This panel is from the X1 tablet and has the thinnest bezel among the panels choices. The hinge is not modified and the bezel is CNCed to fit the panel. This panel removes the webcam but retains the thinklight and screen latch.
This panel requires a 4 lane (40pin) eDP connection. 2nd batch and previous X210 motherboards need an adapter to be soldered on the motherboard.
Panel fits best with a reinforced display panel to reduce flex and improve rigidity.
JDI LPM130M364 is recommended as it has better compatibility with custom eDP cable.
13″ thin-bezel
3:2 aspect ratio
3000*2000
400-450nits
100% sRGB
Glossy
X1 tablet display review
Panelook (LG)
Panelook (JDI)
LP130QP1-SPA1
NV126A1M-N52
NV126A1M-N51
This panel has a similar design as the 13″ but with thicker bezels.
The 13″ panel above is superior in every way.
Panel fits best with a reinforced display panel to reduce flex and improve rigidity.
The N52 is superior in colour and brightness than the N51.
12.6″ thin-bezel
3:2 aspect ratio
2880*1920
400-450nits
100% sRGB
Glossy
Panel review by KK
NV126A1M-N52
NV126A1M-N51
KD122N4-30NH-B2
KD122N5-30NH-A6
This is the closest in size to the stock display while giving the stock display an upgrade.
This panel is 0.1″ bigger than the stock panel, meaning that a few pixels are cut off.
Uses a 30pin eDP cable.
Used on the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12IKB and probably other machines that offers this resolution at this ratio.
12.2″ original bezel
16:10 aspect ratio
1920*1200
300 nits
70% sRGB
Matte
Panel review
Panel review by 51nb moderator song_1118
KD122N4-30NH-B2
KD122N5-30NH-A6
Stock panelsThe motherboard supports all stock panels. They’re not the best but they’re fully compatible.

Additionally, the 13″ panels are reinforced with 1mm aluminium bars on the sides for a much more solid build. Without the bars and the reinforcements, the screen flexes a lot more due to the thinner bezel.

The custom 4-lane eDP cable is a “standard” 40-pin eDP cable capable of driving most 4K60Hz and below displays. It is updated with improved shielding. The LG LP130QP1-SPA1 exhibits compatibility issue whereas the JDI LPM130M364 is fully supported. The cable has been tested with other standard 14″ 4K60Hz panels. The 40-pin pinout can be found on the datasheet attached above.

The motherboard 6-pin display cable on the left side has a pinout according to the pictures above. The right 30pin has a pinout which follows the KD122N4-30NH-B2 pinout (pin 1 to pin 1 etc). The datasheet is attached above.

The motherboard 6-pin and 30-pin sockets are 0.5mm pitched and the full pinout can be derived from the picture of the 6-pin with the pinout of the FHD panel.

Motherboard specifications

X210 ports (the miniDP is a USB-C on the 4th batch X2100)

All X210 except 4th batch:

CPUi5-8250u (quad-core)
i7-8550u (quad-core)
i7-8650u (quad-core)
RAM2 SODIMM DDR4 slots up to 2400MHz
Up to 64GB RAM
StoragemSATA 6gbps, also supports USB-based modem card (LTE, 5G) with SIM card slot
SATA 2.5″ 6gbps
M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0×4 (supports 6gbps M.2 2280 SATA SSD)
Left side ports2 USB 3.0 5gbps type-A
RJ45 gigabit LAN
VGA
miniDP 1.2 (up to 4K60 and HDMI alt-mode)
Right side ports
Original I/O daughterboard
SD Card reader (USB 2.0)
Audio out / mic in (separate jacks)
USB 2.0 type-A
RJ11 telephone (depending on model)
Other portsminiPCIe 3.0×1 8gbps
Meant for WiFi (supports M.2 2230 with an adapter)
Other peripheralsOriginal charging barrel jack
Cancelled original portsDocking port
Expresscard slot (replaced with miniDP)
Others8MB SOIC-8 EEPROM BIOS chip

There exists 4 batches of X210 (Kaby Lake) motherboards with 1 test batch, each with minor revisions. The differences are listed below:

1st batch to 2nd batchSIM card slot size changed to Nano size
2.5″ SATA drive shifted by 1mm for better compatibility
M.2 slot fully compatible with SATA drives
Component ICs positions updated to better accommodate the board
3rd batch update to 2nd batchComponent ICs positions updated to better accommodate the board
4 eDP pin changed to 6 pin connector to allow plug-in high resolution eDP displays
USB voltage changed to 5.1v

4th batch X2100

The X2100 features the following changes compared to the previous generations of X210.

CPUThe CPU is based on 10th gen comet-lake CPU instead.
i5-10510u (quad-core)
i7-10710u (hexa-core)
RAM2666MHz speed supported by default.
PortsMini displayport is replaced with a USB-C 10gbps with displayport 1.2 capable of HDMI alt-mode and power delivery 10w out.
Fully supports USB-C charging (20V PD) of the laptop but will require a larger (>80W) USB-C charger to handle the power draw.
Internal USB2.0 header is removed.
Others16MB SOIC-8 BIOS EEPROM Chip.
TPS65987 USB-C PD chip enabling 20V USB-C charging.
BQ24725 charge controller.

Peripherals

Port covers

As the X210 motherboards deprecated the docking port and expresscard port, port covers has been designed to cover up holes left behind by the motherboard.

Mylar sheets

The motherboard was produced with mylar sheet (insulation sheet). They were all produced by the modder, 17m19.

Cooling assembly

As the 8th gen and 10th gen chips are able to maintain an extremely high wattage, custom cooling fans has been designed. The laptops built by me uses fans built by 17m19. There has been several other fans that were custom designed or built for the X210 but the most prominent ones are the ones by 17m19.

Benchmarks

I’ve extensively tested the 4th batch X2100 motherboards. Check it out here.

Known hardware issues

  • The 8th gen boards are known to have battery charging issues due to a poorly written EC. Refer to the section on Coreboot for a better EC built by some awesome people.
  • The 10th gen boards are known to draw a huge current on boot and requires a 90W charger to boot without a battery.
  • 10th gen boards have poor support for 4-cell batteries. Please use a 9-cell instead.

Software

Please see the software section for BIOS/EC updates.

Coreboot

Coreboot has been ported to this machine by Matthew Garrett for 3rd batch and before X210 (8th gen Intel). It’s available here. He is also porting coreboot for the 10th gen X2100. In addition, a very helpful forum member vladisslav2011 has patched the embedded controller to fix a charging bug and both coreboot and the EC patch is compiled by harrykipper and available on his github repo here. jwise has also ported and fixed the EC patches for the 10th gen X2100.

Reviews

33 thoughts on “X210 (X200)”

  1. I have two screens which have no HDMI but a Display Port each. Is “Display Port Alt Mode” supported as well through the USB-C port? If not, I guess I could just hook up a DP-adapters to the USB-C-to-HDMI-cable?

  2. What kind of fan control solutions are there for the X2100/X210? I made my X62 batch 2 a few years back with an i7-5500U, and these days I’m not satisfied with how hot the machine gets when doing casual use on the 0718 EC. If I change to 1026 or 1108 EC then it runs nice and cool, but the fan is always at full blast until 38 C!

    I haven’t tried the Linux fancontrol software, so the only thing in Windows is this C117 Temperature script that doesn’t seem to work well (or at all). Therefore I’m looking to buy a new Thinkpad. 51nb X62 has served me very well these past few years, but lack of fan control is turning me off from the whole thing. (I wonder if vladisslav2011 EC can be used for this?) Custom fan curves would be very nice, but it seems like standard software like HWINFO cannot control the fans.

  3. Boa noite!
    Apenas para saber se entendo corretamente:
    A placa mãe é compatível com o netbook lg x200???
    Obrigado!

  4. Hello I am wondering if this suppourts eGPUs through the usb c and if there is a core boot available for the 10th gen CPUs?

  5. Hi,
    I have three questions regarding the X2100.
    Does the X2100 have by default both WLAN and WWAN antennae?
    What type of the antenna connector does the X2100 use? IPEX4 or U.FL?
    Does the headphone jack support 4-pin headphones with a microphone?

    1. 1 set of both antennas will be installed as most of the machines I ship comes with the AX200 which uses IPEX4. The headphone jack does not support 4-pin headphone afaik as it uses the original audio card/daughterboard of the X201.

    1. Not for the X200/X201 platform. Doesn’t make sense to continuously update it yearly. Creates excessive e-waste, requires extra support/manpower to support more products, and we buy TP so we can avoid planned obsolescence 😉

  6. What is the battery life for average use with the i7-10510u?

    And do you still sell the x2100 with the i5 instead of the i7?

    Thank you

    1. About 6hrs on a 9-cell for the most conservative estimate (most people get more).

      There was never an i5 variant. It’s either one of the hexacores.

  7. where would i be able to find a port cover for the dock? also eventually when the battery dies, where would i be able to find a good replacement because i don’t think many good OEM batteries, especially 9 cell, exist anymore?
    i’ve bought someone else’s x2100, where would i find general support or like groups of owners about

    1. Try out the thinkpadforum or the ThinkPad subreddit. The port covers can be designed and 3D printed.

      The batteries are OEM. Nothing I can do about that unfortunately. You can consider replacing the cells in the batteries since they’re 18650 cells.

  8. Would you be able to put the x201’s palmrest with a touchpad on it? would there be any modifications WRT the motherboard or case needed?

  9. Are there anymore motherboards or barebones kits available for the X2100? Sadly I did not know this project existed until only a few weeks ago.

  10. Hope this project continues for two yrs from now.
    I’m really looking forward to get this project on my hand.

    1. New projects will be coming up with renewed motherboard for other models, specifically an upcoming X230 motherboard

    1. Do PM me. They’re difficult to track down nowadays and prices are not much cheaper than the 10th gen boards. I can ship to Myanmar but I’m not sure how the recent political events have affected shipping.

  11. I am not fully understand. Do you sell full laptop (of course without batteries as you wrote)? Or do I need to purchase base version of x200 somewhere else and connact you for specific part options?

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