Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2017 - 03:01 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: x1 yoga, Thinkpad, notebook, Lenovo, laptop, convertible, CES 2017, CES, 2-in-1
Lenovo is announcing their 2017 ThinkPad lineup today, and on the convertible side of things the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga is “the only 14-inch notebook with an OLED screen”, and though that particular panel type is optional, having seen last year’s OLED model in person the pure blacks and infinite contrast make IPS options pale in comparison (literally).
"Also available in the new metallic silver, the updated ThinkPad X1 Yoga is flawlessly flexible and adapts to its users’ needs offering true multi-mode capability and can deliver stunning colors and absolute blacks on the only 14-inch notebook with an OLED screen. A redesigned rechargeable pen and improved ‘rise and fall' keyboard complete the improved experience."
The improved 'rise and fall' keyboard appears to operate differently from the original 'Lift 'n Lock' design, as the keys themselves (rather than a panel surrounding them) are raised and lowered depending on orientation of the Yoga's 2-in-1 design.
The specifications are very similar (with the exception of that OLED panel option) to the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which makes sense considering the X1 Yoga is essentially the convertible version of that notebook:
- 14” WQHD OLED (2560 x 1440), Touch, 300 nits
- 14” WQHD IPS (2560 x 1440), Touch, 270 nits
- 14” FHD IPS (1920 x 1080), Touch 270 nits
- Processor: Up to Intel Core 7th gen
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- Up to 16GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
- Up to 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 (for Intel Iris only)
- 128GB SSD SATA
- 180GB SSD Intel SATA
- 256GB SSD Intel PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 256GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 512GB SSD Intel PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 512GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- 1TB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
- I/O Ports
- 2 x Intel® ThunderboltTM 3, 3 x USB3.0, HDMI,
- native RJ45, microSD, microSIM
- Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265
- 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
- Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7430
- Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM X7 LTE-A EM7455
- Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265 (WiGig +
- WiFi 2 x 2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.2)
- NFC option
- LTE-A (4G)
- I/O Ports
- dTPM 2.0 Display
- Touch fingerprint reader option
- Audio: Dolby AudioTM Premium
- Webcam: HD 720p, IR camera option
- Battery: Up to 16 hours (OLED version up to 10.5 hours)
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 333 x 229 x 17.05 / 13.1 x 9.0 x 0.67 inches
- Weight: Starting at 3.13 lbs / 1.42 kg (OLED version starting at 2.99 lbs / 1.36 kg)
- Colors: Black, Silver
The new ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be available in February with an MSRP starting at $1499.
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Introduction and Specifications
Lenovo made quite a splash with the introduction of the original X1 Carbon notebook in 2012; with its ultra-thin, ultra-light, and carbon fiber-infused construction, it became the flagship ThinkPad notebook. Fast-forward to late 2013, and the introduction of the ThinkPad Yoga; the business version of the previous year's consumer Yoga 2-in-1. The 360-degree hinge was novel for a business machine at the time, and the ThinkPad Yoga had a lot of promise, though it was far from perfect.
Now we fast-forward again, to the present day. It's 2016, and Lenovo has merged their ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad Yoga together to create the X1 Yoga. This new notebook integrates the company's Yoga design (in appearance this is akin to the recent ThinkPad Yoga 260/460 revision) into the flagship ThinkPad X lineup, and provides what Lenovo is calling "the world's lightest 14-inch business 2-in-1".
Yoga and Carbon Merge
When Lenovo announced the marriage of the X1 Carbon notebook with the ThinkPad Yoga, I took notice. A buyer of the original ThinkPad Yoga S1 (with which I had a love/hate relationship) I wondered if the new X1 version of the business-oriented Yoga convertible would win me over. On paper it checks all the right boxes, and the slim new design looks great. I couldn't wait to get my hands on one for some real-world testing, and to see if my complaints about the original TP Yoga design were still valid.
As one would expect from a notebook carrying Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 branding, this new Yoga is quite slim, and made from lightweight materials. Comparing this new Yoga to the X1 Carbon directly, the most obvious difference is that 360° hinge, which is the hallmark of the Yoga series, and exclusive to those Lenovo designs. This hinge allows the X1 Yoga to be used as a notebook, tablet, or any other imaginable position in between.
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (base configuration, as reviewed)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6200U (Skylake)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Screen||14-in 1920x1080 IPS Touch (with digitizer, active pen)|
|Storage||256GB M.2 SSD|
|Camera||720p / Digital Array Microphone|
|Wireless||Intel 8260 802.11ac + BT 4.1 (Dual Band, 2x2)|
3x USB 3.0
Audio combo jack
|Dimensions||333mm x 229 mm x 16.8mm (13.11" x 9.01" x 0.66")
2.8 lbs. (1270 g)
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Price||$1349 - Amazon.com|
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2016 - 04:40 AM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, CES, CES 2016, Lenovo, Thinkpad, x1 carbon, x1 yoga, nvidia, pascal, amd, Polaris, FinFET, 14nm
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