Lenovo has just announced a new convertible: the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The company isn't releasing a simple scheduled upgrade, though. Lenovo thinks OLED screens are ready for prime time, and this new ThinkPad gets one.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a 14" shape-changing convertible which packs Intel Skylake CPUs up to a Core i7-6600U—a two-core, four-threaded unit with 2.6 GHz base and 3.4 GHz turbo clocks. Up to 16GB of RAM are on tap, while storage is handled by SATA or PCIe SSDs as large as 1TB.
The Yoga comes fitted with a 1080p screen by default. The OLED 2560x1440 panel is available as an optional (and seemingly worthy) upgrade, and that screen could offer a larger color gamut and deeper blacks than LCDs. All models include a stylus which recharges automatically when slotted into the convertible's body.
The spill-resistant keyboard automatically retracts when the screen is moved away from the standard laptop position to avoid accidental keystrokes when the Yoga is resting on a table or other surface. Wireless connectivity comes by way of an Intel 2x2 802.11ac adapter with Bluetooth 4.1. LTE connectivity is available as an option, too.
Lenovo says the X1 Yoga's battery should be good for 11 hours of usage. The shape-changing contraption weighs in at 2.8 lbs (1.3 Kg) and is a mere 0.66" (1.7 cm) thick. Prices start at $1,439 for a model with a 1080p screen and a Core i5-6200U CPU.