Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Yoga with OLED Screen #CES2016





Already a common display technology in phones and televisions, OLED’s big advantage over traditional LED displays is its ability to turn off a pixel entirely, rendering it as a true, deep, inky black. This boosts contrast and provides far more natural image quality.


OLED is the big news in the PC world at CES 2016, and for good reason. While the technology has previously graced smartphones, tablets, and televisions, it has been absent from computers. That’s finally changed, as Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Samsung all announced Windows systems with OLED screens. 


The  ThinkPad X1 Yoga  will be the first laptop to offer this technology when it hits the market in spring of 2016, and believe me – it’s incredible. Lenovo will also build an X1 Yoga with a standard display, and showed it side-by-side with the OLED model. I could see the difference even from across the room. The OLED panel’s superior contrast made dark backgrounds look far deeper and, just as importantly, helped fine details stand out.


Aside from its display, the X1 Yoga doesn’t stand out from a glance. But that may be a good thing. Lenovo has modeled the system off the X1 Carbon, an excellent enterprise Ultrabook. That means it shares the X1’s dimensions, keyboard, touchpad, and offers similar connectivity including three USB 3.0 ports. The keyboard particularly impressed me. It offers an excellent layout with deep key travel and excellent feedback. Plus there’s trackpointer in the center of the keyboard, which works fantastically.


The hardware’s no slouch, either. There’s a selection of 6th-gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe storage. These specifications have become standard for high-end Ultrabooks, but no one can accuse Lenovo of falling behind in performance.


In short, the X1 Yoga looks like it’ll be a great notebook. It may not be such a great tablet, however – because as said, it’s similar to the X1 Carbon, which is a 14-inch system. Like most past Yoga 2-in-1s, this model uses a 360 degree hinge, which means the bottom half is always part of the package. It does offer Lenovo’s lift and lock keyboard, which retracts the keys to keep them out of the way when the system is folded back into a tablet. But the fact remains that this is a 2.8-pound notebook that’s a bit less than seven-tenths of an inch thick. It’s much larger than any tablet, even an iPad Pro.





  • Excellent OLED display
  • High-end hardware
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Even has a trackpointer



  • Very expensive, even in base configuration
  • Too large and heavy for comfortable tablet use



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