In line with the updates to the rest of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop / Ultrabook lineup, Lenovo announced updates to the X1 Yoga and Tablets yesterday as part of CES 2017. Personally I’ve been a fan of the Lenovo Yoga form factor since I originally owned the first Yoga 11S, which was a Windows 8.1 laptop (where the Yoga 11 was a Windows RT device). Since then the lineup has become more premium and both weight and specs have improved dramatically, while retaining the stunning form factor.
From Lenovo Press Release Blog:
ThinkPad X1 Yoga also gets updated treatment and the same silver option. Customers looking for a convertible notebook want the best Windows 10 experience possible with multi-mode flexibility, high performance functionality and pen use that feels more natural. The X1 Yoga excels, adapting to users’ various needs, with a redesigned rechargeable pen, a great visual experience and an improved unique keyboard. It also shares many of the improvements from the X1 Carbon, with improved security and a complete set of ports including Thunderbolt 3. Flying from New York to Tokyo or Dubai to Sydney is not a problem with up to 15 hours of battery life for the true mobile warrior.
Key features include:
- Users will revel in the only 14-inch OLED notebook display option reproducing stunning colors, absolute blacks and 100 percent Adobe RGB color space.
- Intel® Iris™ Graphics with dedicated high bandwidth, high speed memory delivering superior performance over Intel® HD Graphics.
- We developed an improved ThinkPad Pen Pro for 2017 using a new soft elastomer tip. With bigger friction on glass, the pen recreates a more natural writing experience for users.
- Lenovo engineers further improved the unique rise and fall keyboard. The new keyboard retracts fully flat in tablet mode offering greater stability and user comfort and anchoring the keycaps delivers better long term key durability and reliability.
Also updated for 2017, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet combines 2-in-1 uncompromised design with enterprise-class features. For 2017, the MIL-SPEC tested X1 Tablet continues to impress customers with its light weight modularity and serviceability.
- The X1 Tablet modules offer port expansion and up to 5 hours’ extra battery life, or a properly integrated projection option for a seamless desk-to-projection experience.
- Simplified serviceability and a wide range of docking options make the X1 Tablet virtually unique in the detachable segment.
The real catching feature originally only available on an Android Lenovo tablet model, is an optional integrated projector into the X1 Tablet model (not the Yoga), which is a unique feature for the business users that normally carry around a separate Pico style business projector.
Pricing and availability:
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga starts at $1,499 USD, and will be available beginning in February 2017. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet starts at $949 USD, and will be available beginning in March 2017. Both of these availability dates are for the US market, where-in Lenovo tends to not release some products to Canada, or release them at a later date as part of world wide launches.