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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  • Ej24 - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    Nope. There are at least two or three 15w "U" processors with Iris 540 and one 28w U processor with iris 550. The 580 graphics are only reserved for HQ (35-45w) and S (65w) processors. I'd love just to have iris 540. The typical 520, 4400, or 4000 Intel graphics are hardly good enough for light gaming at 720 or heavier loads during hardware decode/encode or the 50/50 software hardware hybrid pipelines Intel has been using. Reply
  • Ro_Ja - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    All of the GeForce with *40 and below are just a waste of good money now since the Iris HD 580 can stack up against even a 940M. I can hardly find a laptop in our country without any horrible AMD EXO Pros and NVIDIA's crappy entry-level cards. I just want less heat on the laptop I want to use. Reply
  • spikebike - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    I have a NUC with the Iris 540. It's pretty nice, handles the occasional light gaming, WebGL games, Minecraft, http://slither.io, and related much better than the non-iris graphics. Reply
  • forgot2yield28 - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    CAD. Not a huge niche, but Iris will outperform standard intel integrated GPU. Sometimes architects/engineers want to get work done on the road. The small footprint and lightweight of an ultrabook still has appeal. Reply
  • Byte - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    Would love to get this, but all the Yogas i've had had tons of hardware bugs that were near impossible to fix. Just getting the touchpad right took a few days of fiddling. If only they can get things working. Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    Working in IT, I can back you up on one thing for sure. These machines are hell to work on. I've had to replace two fans in Thinkpad Yoga 12.5's and they are, in traditional Lenovo fashion, not detachable from the heat pipe (which is why they failed in the first place...the bearing is in direct-contact with the source) so the whole assembly needs to be needlessly replaced, instead of just popping the cover off with a latch and unscrewing two screws like you do in just about any modern HP Elitebook.

    The real insult to the Thinkpad Yoga line is the dreaded history of the battery "non-recall" that caused the Yoga 14 machines to hard power off if bumped in the front right corner where the battery is connected. This connection is very sensitive and the only way we found to help prevent this anomaly was to insulate the battery connection internally on every model we came across.

    Routine repair by Lenovo would result in a machine returned with the same exact problems. Dealing with Lenovo support is like dealing with a car dealership. They don't listen to your problem and the mechanic runs their standard tests, says its ok, and returns it to the customer. They don't seem to have a system in place to diagnose specific issues.
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  • Brett Howse - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    It already throttles GT2. Going to GT3e would help because of eDRAM but likely throttle even more. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Friday, September 30, 2016 - link

    Sure it throttles, nobody would expect an Iris 540 to go full speed at 15W. But with double the EUs and half the frequency, you get the same performance but at lower power (lower frequency allows for lower voltage). Wider GPUs generally have higher performance per watt because of this, at the expense of higher cost. Reply
  • Senti - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    I expect USB type-C in what you call "premium notebook" today. And better than Intel HD 520 graphics...

    It's sad to see that OLEDs are still "not quite ready". Battery life with web browsing was the last nail in the coffin.
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  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - link

    It's not bad hardware, but it does seem overpriced. Given the GPU choice, the panel resolution is too high for the graphics card to effectively drive it. 1080p is a stretch for the 520 doing anything intensive. Lenovo should offer a lower resolution & cheaper option. I can't see the usefulness of the hinge design either. Desktop operating systems work a lot better with access to a keyboard and mouse (or touchpad) so owners are probably paying for a novelty feature they'll rarely put to use. Reply

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