Lenovo slaps Kaby Lake CPUs in Thinkpad X1 and Legion laptops


— 12:00 PM on January 3, 2017

Lenovo is charging out of the gate at the Consumer Electronics Show with new portable machine. On one corner, we have machines representing its stalwart Thinkpad business-oriented brand. On the opposite end, there's the company's new Legion gaming marque. All of the machines pack Intel's latest seventh-generation Kaby Lake CPUs. The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is a traditional slim laptop, the Thinkpad X1 Yoga is a cross between a laptop and a tablet, and the Legion Y520 is a gaming laptop with gamer-oriented aesthetics and discrete graphics cards. Let's take a look at each one of these.

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon is available in a wide range of specifications, with top-of-the-line models packing an Intel seventh-generation Core i7-7600U, 16GB of 1866 MT/s LPDDR3 memory, and 1TB of NVMe storage. Lenovo says the X1 Carbon's battery should last up to 15.5 hours, but we expect that range-topping configurations will not last quite so long on a single charge. Road warriors won't need to sacrifice external connectivity for the sake of portability. Although the the X1 Carbon has a 0.62" (16 mm) profile and weights just 2.5 lbs (1.14 kg), the little laptop packs two Thuderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet ports, and microSIM and microSD slots. Buyers get a choice between 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 IPS panels. Wireless connectivity choices include a Qualcomm LTE modem, an Intel Wireless-AC Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC.

Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Yoga isn't quite as svelte as the X1 Carbon, but it makes up for it with flexibility. The Yoga can do the same 180° turn from a closed pose as previous models, but now packs Intel seventh-generation Core CPUs and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. The included pressure-sensitive pen can write and tap on any of three different 14" displays, the most notable of which is a 2560x1440 OLED panel. Graphics horsepower comes by way of Intel IGPs, but buyers can at least choose a higher-spec Iris Plus Graphics 640 option. Like the X1 Carbon, storage options run the gamut from snoozy 128GB SATA to 1TB NVMe devices. Lenovo says the X1 Yoga's battery can last as long as 16 hours.

The Legion Y520 gaming laptop bears the black-and-red colors present on Lenovo's previous gaming offerings. The Y520 sports a 15.6" screen, though Lenovo didn't specify its resolution or panel type. Storage options include 512GB NVMe or 2TB hard drives, or combinations of both. The most interesting tidbit is the choice of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or AMD's Radeon RX-560M graphics cards. This is the first we have heard of this particular AMD graphics card model. The Y520 is just over an inch (25.8 mm) thick and weighs in at a comparatively-hefty 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg).

Lenovo didn't provide pricing or availability information for any of these mobile machines, but we expect more details sometime after CES is over.

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