Lenovo’s 2019 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: An Ultralight Convertible with Comet Lakeby Anton Shilov on August 27, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Lenovo on Tuesday formally unveiled its 4th Generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga convertible notebooks aimed at 'road warriors and corporate users'. The new ThinkPad X1 Yoga comes in an all-new aluminum chassis, features a 14-inch display panel, and Intel’s 10th Generation Core i5/i7 Comet Lake processors with four or six cores. While the new hybrid laptops are the lightest X1 Yoga machines to date, they also claim to be the most powerful at least when it comes to general-purpose performance.
For the first time in history of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga product family, the new 4th Gen machines come in a CNC-machined MILSPEC-graded all-aluminum chassis that is up to 15.5 mm thick and weighs around 1.3 kilograms, making the PCs among the most compact and lightweight convertible with a 14-inch display available today. The new ThinkPad X1 Yoga will be offered with the same touch-enabled LCD panel options as the latest X1: some will will come with a Full-HD with ThinkPad Privacy Guard, others will feature a WQHD panel, whereas range-topping SKUs will be equipped with an Ultra-HD display panel with 500 nits brightness, Dolby Vision support, and VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 certification.
Lenovo’s 4th Gen ThinkPad X1 Yoga is based on Intel’s 10th Generation Core i5 or i7 processors with four of six cores as well as Intel’s UHD Graphics 620 GPU. Unlike some previous-generation convertibles, the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga does not use CPUs with higher-performance integrated GPUs. Meanwhile, the systems will come with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3 as well as an NVMe SSD of up to 2 TB.
When it comes to connectivity, the new 4th Gen ThinkPad X1 Yoga PCs feature Wi-Fi + Bluetooth featuring an improved antenna design, an optional 4G/LTE-A Cat9 or Cat16 modem, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, GbE with a dongle, an HDMI 1.4 output, and a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets.
As far as multimedia capabilities are concerned, the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos-badged audio subsystem, four far-field microphones, and a 720p webcam with IR sensors that can be covered using Lenovo's ThinkShutter.
Lenovo will start sales of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 in the coming weeks. Prices will depend on actual configurations.
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Valantar - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkComet Lake seems like the wrong choice for this - those 6 cores won't get much extra work done, and a more powerful GPU for acceleration strikes me as a better option. Still, I wish Dell could steal the keyboard (and trackpoint) from this and stick it on their new XPS 13 2-in-1. That would be the perfect laptop.
skavi - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkDell's Maglev keyboards are pretty good imo, as long as you're fine with low profile.
abufrejoval - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkJust what would you want to accelerate I wonder... or rather what type of software would actually profit from extra GPU power.
Video transcoding may differ in codecs but I don't think there is benefit from the extra EUs and other 'GPGPU' workloads: Are there any for Intel GPUs?
For gaming Ice Lake won't do better than eDRAM enabled Iris Pro; yes, 2x better than HD620, but still a dog.
I also wouldn't pay an extra 33% for an additional two CPU cores, but an extra €50 on a €1000 machine would seem a slightly better invest of TDP for my workloads, which tend to be VMs, containers and compiles, that benefit from both clock sprints and farming work out to extra cores.
Sure they'll clock lower with six cores, but core count to clock rate is better than linear on CMOS.
Santoval - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkIntel are pushing Comet Lake to their partners, and by extension to us clients, because they are unable to produce enough Ice Lake U/Y parts at an acceptable yield. Their 10nm(+) node still has so many issues that they decided to convert (temporarily?) two of their fabs that were intended for 10nm parts to 14nm (...), so that they also resolve their low supply of 14nm parts.
The volume of Intel's upcoming U/Y parts will be split 85 to 90% by Comet Lake and 10 to 15% by Ice Lake. So the release of Ice Lake-U/Y will be almost nominal, just a pinch above the 100% nominal release of that Cannon Lake i3 in Chinese schools a couple of years ago. The low supply and I would guess proportionally high demand for products with Ice Lake parts will raise their price even higher than the level Intel intended, which all but ensures that they will be exclusively limited to very expensive Project Athena laptops.
sharath.naik - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkAgree, just a bad choice when you had icelake as a choice they could have used. Seems like the only reason to buy lenovo is for the keyboard, but that reason is a mighty big one. I personally have p52 cannot use any other laptop only for its keyboard.
ChuckNorris89 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - link"an HDMI 1.4 output"
Wait, what year is this?!
I thought it was a mistake first and had to double check.
That's the kind of spec you find in SKUs binned for discount supermarkets.
austinsguitar - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkno 60fps 4k only 30fps. no way hozay. also, it is important in business setups to have 2.0b. this laptop just fails in so many ways.
austinsguitar - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - link"the systems will come with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR3"
I saw myself out of this product.
obama gaming - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - linkno LPDDR4X, cya.
Valantar - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - linkThat's what sticking with Comet Lake gets you. No LPDDR4X controller there. Not going Ice Lake with a premium laptop like this is a big mistake.