Earlier this year at CES, Lenovo took the wraps off their latest lineup of premium business class notebooks, and they revamped the X1 lineup completely. Originally the X1 was just the X1 Carbon notebook, but Lenovo has decided to expand the X1 series to include the aforementioned X1 Carbon, along with the X1 Yoga and X1 Tablet. So the ThinkPad Yoga is now the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and as such it keeps the same thin and light design of the X1 Carbon.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review

Thin and light is the key here, and the X1 Yoga doesn’t disappoint. The X1 Yoga is only 16.8 mm (0.66”) thick, and weighs 1270 grams (2.8 lbs). While not the thinnest and lightest notebook around, don’t forget that the X1 Yoga also features a 360° hinge, allowing it to be used exclusively with touch with several modes, including tablet, stand, and tent, just like the other Yoga devices they sell. Lenovo also pointed out that the X1 Yoga is thinner and lighter than the original X1 Carbon even, despite including touch and the convertible hinges.

Lenovo is offering plenty of choices here to outfit the X1 Yoga, with the baseline offering of an Intel Core i5-6200U and 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866. You can upgrade to the i5-6300U, i7-6500U, and i7-6600U, with RAM offerings up to 16 GB. On storage Lenovo has gone all NVMe, with choices from 128 GB to 512 GB. On the display side, the 14-inch panel can be either a 1920x1080 IPS, 2560x1440 IPS, or a 2560x1440 OLED model.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga
  As Tested: Core i7-6500U, 8GB, 512GB, 2560x1440 LCD
CPU Intel Core i5-6200U
Dual-Core with Hyperthreading
2.3-2.8 GHz, 3MB Cache, 15W TDP

Intel Core i5-6300U
Dual-Core with Hyperthreading
2.4-3.0 GHz, 3MB Cache, 15W TDP

Intel Core i7-6500U
Dual-Core with Hyperthreading
2.5-3.1 GHz, 4MB Cache, 15W TDP

Intel Core i7-6600U
Dual-Core with Hyperthreading
2.6-3.4 GHz, 4MB Cache, 15W TDP
GPU Intel HD 520
300-1050MHz, 24 EUs
Memory 8GB to 16GB LPDDR3-1866 Dual-channel
Display 14-inch 1920x1080 IPS
Optional 2560x1440 IPS
Optional 2560x1440 OLED
Storage 128GB to 1TB SSD, PCIe and SATA
I/O OneLink+
USB 3.0 Type-A x 3
Headset jack
720p Webcam
Mini DisplayPort
microSD
Dimensions 333 x 229 x 16.8 mm
13.11 x 9.01 x 0.66 inches
Weight 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs
Battery 52 Wh, 65 W AC Adapter
Keyboard Spill-Resistant with TrackPoint
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC8260
2x2:2 with Bluetooth 4.1
Price Starting at $1400, as tested $1871.10

Lenovo also offers plenty of connectivity on the X1 Yoga, including three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, and a OneLink connector for its docking stations. There are no USB Type-C ports, but the X1 Yoga does have MicroSD support for additional storage, and LTE-A as an option for those that want to be as untethered as possible. Wireless is supplied via the Intel 8260 wireless card, and as a business focused device it can be had with vPro as well.

They also include a stylus built into the laptop which will charge while docked. It’s not as big or as comfortable as the one included with something like the Surface Book, but the fact that it is docked will more than make up for that for a lot of people, because that means it’s always available, and less likely to get misplaced.

Lenovo has gone with a 52 Wh battery for this laptop, meaning it is over the 50 Wh baseline for Ultrabooks. That’s pretty good considering the inclusion of a stylus, and the thin nature of this device.

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  • yomamafor1 - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    I mean, it's not like Lenovo did make a P40 specifically for this purpose..... Reply
  • LordOfTheBoired - Saturday, October 01, 2016 - link

    Touche. Just saying... ddriver isn't exactly what I'd call the most qualified person to make that call. Reply
  • Ej24 - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    Lenovo never puts iris graphics in anything. It drives me nuts. Been waiting for years for an ultrabook from them with iris graphics. Dell xps 13 finally has a 15w cpu with iris, and some Asus ultrabooks have 28w cpus with iris. Reply
  • Ro_Ja - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    They should've atleast put in a Skylake processor with HD 540 in it. Reply
  • arsjum - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    The second revision of Yoga 900 as well as IdeaPad 710s are both equipped with Skylake Iris graphics. Reply
  • spikebike - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    Try the Lenovo Ideapad 721s, has the iris graphics. Sadly the disabled the AHCI interface and require some whacky "RAID" mode which is really just saying "Hey, windows, use your software raid driver". The XPS 13 does have the iris as well, but sadly it's tied to the 3200x1800 touchscreen which is shiny and halves your battery life. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    I have the 1080p non-touch version of the XPS 13, with Iris 540 graphics. Reply
  • Pissedoffyouth - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    What possibly could you be doing on an ultrabook that you need Iris graphics? I'd rather have a CPU-heavy focused TDP that shitty CPU and a bit GPU Reply
  • Cliff34 - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    The only CPU with Iris GPU are HQ processors. HQ processor always perform better than U processor. For me, the two possible reasons why they don't use HQ processors are either they want a CPU that doesn't generate too much heat and/or force consumers to buy a laptop with its own discrete graphic card (and spend more money). Reply
  • arsjum - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    Not true at all. U-series CPUs can come with HD 540 and HD 550 Iris graphics. Reply

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