What you need to know
- The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a brand-new laptop from Lenovo for 2021.
- It's made from titanium, magnesium, and carbon, weighing just 2.5lbs.
- It features Intel 11th Gen processors with optional 5G.
- Pricing starts at $1,899 and it goes on sale this month.
Lenovo's ThinkPad line has a long legacy, and with CES 2021, many new refreshes to existing models like the famed X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga.
But Lenovo also has an entirely new model: ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G.
Thin as a tablet, packed with an Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processor, optional 5G connectivity, and a remarkable 3:2 aspect ratio, this 2-in-1 laptop (with an included pen) is the ultimate mobile productivity machine.
ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 5G Specs and features
As the name implies, Lenovo is using real titanium in this laptop — specifically the lid. It's cool to the touch, very light, but also incredibly resilient. Lenovo also uses its other famed materials like a magnesium chassis with carbon for the lower half.
The result? A 2.54-pound (1.15kg) convertible laptop does everything a Windows computer can do in 2021. It's just a bit over 11mm thin, which means the keyboard deck is actually as thin as an iPhone 12 Mini.
|Category||ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (Gen 1)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
Windows 10 Pro
|Processor||Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro|
|RAM||Up to 16GB LPDDR4x|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|Storage||Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD|
3:2 aspect ratio
450 nits, 100%sRGB
|Pen||Lenovo Precision Pen|
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt 4|
|Audio||Dual top-firing speakers|
|Dimensions||11.71 x 9.14 x 0.45 inches|
(297.5mm x 232.7mm x 11.5mm)
|Weight||From 2.54 pounds (1.15kg)|
But it's not just thin and light. Lenovo ships the X1 Titanium with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro (i7-1160G7), 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD for storage.
For those who want to be connected all the time, there's an optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem (which falls back to 4G LTE is there is no 5G).
The 13.5-inch display is also attractive as it is a 3:2 aspect, which is like what Microsoft uses in its Surface line. The 2256 x 1504 screen supports Dolby Vision with a decent 450 nits of brightness.
Touch and inking are also supported, with Lenovo tossing in one of its smartpens in the box.
While there are only two Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports Lenovo adds in a Type-C Ethernet dongle and a larger dongle with extra ports including HDMI and Type-A for expandability.
Like all ThinkPads, there is support for Lenovo's TrackPoint system and familiar smile-keys. While the keyboard is shallow, it's as good as you would expect from Lenovo. The two top-firing speakers with Dolby Atmos are not the most powerful, but considering this laptop's size and features are quite good.
The X1 Titanium Yoga is also certified with Intel Evo, which ensures fast resume and long battery life, Wi-Fi 6, and other modern features from the 11th Gen of processors.
So, how is it? I've been using the X1 Titanium Yoga all weekend, and so far, it's been flawless. I'll have a deeper dive later this week, but so far, this is my favorite laptop of CES 2021. If you have questions about this laptop, leave them in the comments, and I'll try to answer.
ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga will be available to order starting January 2021, with prices starting at $1,899.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
A 3:2 2-in-1 with those specs? 11.5 mm thick closed?? OK, that's pretty cool.
Do you like this or the HP Spectre x360 14 better?
Spectre is a tad bigger/heavier, but it's the more premium consumer device with much better display and audio.
Spectre 14 all the way. Lenovo has yet to make an alternative to the Spectre.
This seems much better as 2-1 / tablet and possibly some business features (likely slightly better quality control etc.), while Spectre 14 seems better with battery, display (for consuming that is) and audio. Also the Spectre will most likely be cheaper. So for artists (/drawing or sketching in certain advanced programs) I think the this X1 is better since it is easier to fold it and hold it one hand on eg the couch while holding a pen in the other hand (coming close to a pro tablet experience). While for consumers and other work the Spectre will be better.
Not at all true. Spectre 14 gets over 60% better battery life (67 vs 44Wh), better performance thanks to denser fan and larger heatpipe design, and even better keyboard than the X1 Titanium Yoga, which if X1 Nano was any indication, has a 'consumer grade' keyboard.
Not to mention the astonishing 3:2 OLED screen and one of the best Windows laptop speakers on the Spectre. Also it weighs the same as a regular X1 Yoga at 1.4kg, and I can hold it in 1 hand pretty comfortably.
Looks like they've given up the pen housing for a pen that size in a laptop that thin, right? I really liked that about the older ThinkPad - small, rechargeable stylus that stores and recharges inside the laptop. Because I most just use it for occasional annotation or to sign documents, I don't need an artist's pen, a small one is fine. Really like when it stores inside the PC. That said, I get that at some point, the system becomes just too thin and small to hold even a small pen (maybe put it in the hinge where you have the whole thickness to work with, not just the keyboard deck?). I also like that it's 3:2.
Yeah, too thin for a pen. X1 Yoga has that still. Would have been nice though.
Is one side thinner than a Samsung Note? That has pen storage.
It's interesting how standalone Qualcomm modems are making their way into more x86 devices this year, almost as if manufacturers are a bit more optimistic about 5G becoming mainstream in laptops than they were with 4G.
If you are going to spend $2K for a laptop and use it for 3 to 5 years, you want 5G now. Otherwise, in 2 years when 5G is far more available, you will not have the ability to use 5G.
32GB RAM + 512GB SSD is the sweet spot for me, so the 16GB Max RAM is a little disappointing, unless it can be upgraded.
Lenovo's ThinkBook 14s Yoga 2-in-1 laptop has both Intel 11th Gen processors and upgradeable DDR4 RAM up to 40GB Max, should you be interested.
Good PC, but: (i) maxes out at 16GB RAM, and (ii) too small battery for me. I'd rather go for the X1 Yoga Gen 6.
@Daniel_Rubino, Can you give us any updates on battery life? Or any other quick comments you can share? With the current sale price, this unit could possibly fit into my work-laptop budget. Thank you!
Bought it... great device, crazy light and sturdy... almost hard to believe how sturdy it is. Will report more once I've finished setting it up and have used it for work and play more thoroughly.
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