Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 5th GenSource: Lenovo

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced updates to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga ahead of CES.
  • Both laptops feature enhanced keyboard layouts and an option for a PrivacyGuard display.
  • The X1 Carbon starts at $1,499, and the X1 Yoga starts at $1,599.
  • Both laptops are expected to be available in 2020.

Lenovo announced refreshes to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga ahead of CES 2020. The laptops are powered by 10th Gen Intel processors and include several options focused on privacy. The X1 Carbon starts at $1,499, and the X1 Yoga starts at $1,599, and both laptops are expected to ship in 2020. Lenovo did not specify a month or quarter in 2020 that the laptops are expected to ship.

Both laptops support Dolby Atmos as well as 4K Dolby Vision. The displays of each laptop can reach 500 nits of brightness and are FHD. Lenovo highlights that both devices feature enhanced keyboard layouts with United Communication (UC) controls.

Here's a more complete breakdown of the specs for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8

Category Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8
Display 14-inch FHD LPS IPS (400 nit)
14-inch FHD IPS LP Touch (400nit)
14-inch FHD IPS ePrivacy AG (500 nit) Touch
14-inch WQHD IPS (300 nit)
14-inch HDR 400 LP UHD IPS (500 nit) 10 bit
Processor 10th Gen Intel Core i5
10th Gen Intel Core i7
10th Gen Intel Core i5 vPro
10th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro (includes 6-core i7)
Graphics Integrated
Memory LPDDR3 8GB
LPDDR3 16GB
Storage Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
Webcam HD+IR with ThinkShutter (supports Windows Hello)
Security Touch FPR, IR Camera
ThinkShutter RGB&IR
dTPM 2.0
Wireless WLAN 802.11 AX
NFC
LTE CAT9
LTE CAT16
Ports 2 x USB3.1 (Gen1)
2x TBT3
HDMI 1.4
Audio
Audio Dolby Atmos Speaker System
Battery 51Whr
Weight 1.09kg(2.4lbs)
Rapid charge Yes (with 65W AC)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has largely similar specs, but there are a few key differences.

Category Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5
Display 14-inch FHD IPS (400 nit)
(AG Option) FHD ePrivacy AG (500 nit)
WQHD IPS (300 nit)
HDR400 UHD IPS (500nit)
Processor 10th Gen Intel Core i5
10th Gen Intel Core i7
10th Gen Intel Core i5 vPro
10th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro (includes 6-core i7)
Graphics Integrated UHD
Memory LPDDR3 8GB
LPDDR3 16GB
Storage Up to 2TB PCIe SSD
Webcam HD with privacy
HD+IR with privacy and
Security Touch FPR, IR Camera
ThinkShutter RGB&IR
dTPM 2.0
Wireless WLAN 802.11 AX
NFC
LTE CAT9
LTE CAT16
Ports 2 x USB3.1 (Gen1)
2x TBT3
HDMI 1.4
Audio
Audio Dolby Atmos Speaker System
Battery 51Whr
Weight 1.3kg(2.99lbs)
Rapid charge Yes (with 65W AC)
Pen Integrated and Optional ThinkPad Pens

Both laptops focus on privacy. They are both secured-core PCs and have ThinkShutter and several other hardware and software privacy features. Both have options for PrivacyGuard displays that can make it harder for people to sneak a peek at your screen. The laptops also work with ThinkPad PrivacyAlert, which can tell when someone is looking at your screen and automatically turn on PrivacyGuard.

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Both laptops have 51Wh batteries and support rapid charge. As expected, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can flip around to be used in tent mode or as a tablet. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga also features an integrated pen. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a traditional clamshell laptop.

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