CES 2016: Lenovo Announces ThinkPad X1 Yoga with OLED Screen

Subject: Systems, Mobile | January 3, 2016 - 10:30 PM |
Tagged: yoga, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, Thinkpad, Lenovo, convertible, CES 2016, CES, 2-in-1

Lenovo has brought the Yoga design to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with the Yoga X1, and this new hybrid notebook is available with an OLED display.

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“The worlds first convertible with an OLED display providing an immersive viewing experience. The X1 Yoga adapts to the way you work - allowing you to capture, convey and collaborate using the different modes.”

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A convertible version of the ultra-thin X1 Carbon offers a compelling alternative to the standard "clamshell" ThinkPad X1 Carbon, but the bigger story might be the option of a 2560 x 1440 OLED display, a first for a convertible notebook according to Lenovo. The OLED screen was incredibly vibrant in person, and this version is actually a little lighter at 2.8 lbs vs. 3 lbs for the IPS model.

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The ThinkPad X1 Yoga also includes an active stylus that features a super capacitor instead of a battery, which Lenovo says provides 2 hours of constant use after charging for just 15 seconds (which occurs when it is placed back in the laptop).

Specifications from Lenovo:

  • Up to Intel 6th Gen Core i7 vPro
  • Intel HD Graphics HD520
  • WQHD touch display 2560x1440
  • Optional 14” OLED 2560x1440 WQHD Touch 300 nits; 14” 1920x1080 FHD IPS Touch 300 nits; 14” WQHD 2560x1440 IPS Touch 300nits
  • Up to 16GB memory
  • Up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Optional LTE-A WWAN; Optional WiGig docking
  • MilSpec tested
  • Common Ports: 3xUSB3.0 OneLink+ (RJ45), MiniDP, HDMI, microSD, Audio, Touch FPR, WWAN
  • Onboard Stylus Pen
  • Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.0 x .66 inches
  • 2.8 lbs (OLED)/3 lbs (IPS)

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Pricing starts at $1449 for the version with an IPS display, and $1649 for the OLED version. The ThinkPad Yoga X1 will be available this month - but you'll need to wait until April for that OLED version.

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Source: Lenovo

January 4, 2016 | 12:06 AM - Posted by Zabojnik

Is ... is this it? Is OLED finally ready to be used in mainstream monitors?

January 4, 2016 | 02:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ye, now only have to wait till CES 2018 to see a 3440x1440 144hz freesync OLED monitor.

January 4, 2016 | 03:16 AM - Posted by fredgido (not verified)

how are the OlED subpixels?
thanks

January 4, 2016 | 11:29 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

It is unknown. They were too small for us to really get a macro picture of in the short time with device. And Lenovo staff on site didn't know.

January 4, 2016 | 08:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow, I am impressed. Can't wait for 1-144 hz gaming monitors. Also, I hope we are gonna see flicker free OLED monitors as well. LG G Flex 2 uses flicker free OLED so that's at least possible.

January 4, 2016 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Pretty sure Samsung's latest AMOLED screens use RGB stripe instead of pentile layout, so this should look pretty good... as long as it doesn't use the additional "white" subpixel. RGB only, please.

January 4, 2016 | 01:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can you talk any about the special OLED Power Settings Lenovo added? I heard about taskbar dimming (presumably to prevent burn-in).

January 4, 2016 | 03:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wonder what the lifespan is on that OLED

January 5, 2016 | 11:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Probably longer than the IT lifecycle or LION lifecycle.

January 9, 2016 | 11:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Tell me more about the pressure sensibility of the super-capacitor stylus? Is it by Wacom or N-trig?

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