Is Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga compatible with Wi-Fi 6?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Is Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga compatible with Wi-Fi 6?

Best answer: Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga does not work with Wi-Fi 6. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is, as long as you configure the device with the required processor.Get the Yoga: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (From $1,595 at Lenovo)Get the Carbon: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (From $1,462 at Lenovo)

Why doesn't the Yoga work with Wi-Fi 6?

Unfortunately, the reason that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga can't work with Wi-Fi 6 is unknown. Since it can be configured with one of Intel's new 10th Gen CPUs that enable Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, there must be some other reason why the device doesn't work with it that only Lenovo itself knows. Thankfully, though, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon does work with Wi-Fi 6 as long as you get it with a 10th Gen CPU, so if your heart is set on a Lenovo device that can work with Wi-Fi 6, your luck hasn't run out.

Why get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga?

While the lack of Wi-Fi 6 compatibility is unfortunate, there are still plenty of reasons to get a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The latest variant of it is an attractive and capable device that offers a plethora of excellent features. For starters, it can be purchased with a killer 4K display that looks gorgeous and will bring visual media to life. The device can also be configured with a variety of powerful Intel 8th Gen CPUs, and there's also the option of a 10th Gen i7-10510U. On top of that, the laptop also has Windows Hello functionality that's integrated into the device's IR camera (optional) and fingerprint reader, and you can outfit it with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD hard drive space, as well as a fantastic Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Finally, if you want to use it while you're on-the-go, you can get the 2-in-1 tablet with LTE.

In terms of physical design, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga scores highly, too. It's got thin bezels, a thin frame, and a light chassis of three pounds, making it a very compact device that you can take anywhere without issue. It has a fantastic selection of ports as well, as it comes with two USB 3.1 slots and two Thunderbolt 3 ports, along with standard audio and HDMI sockets.

What about the Carbon?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is essentially a slightly less versatile version of the Yoga device, as it can't be used in tablet configuration and, thus, isn't as suited to mobile usage. However, it comes with the exact same hardware options as the Yoga across the board, and it also has the same slim profile and low weight. It also happens to be a tad less expensive, too, and of course, it also works with Wi-Fi 6 if you get it with an Intel 10th Gen i7-10510U — unlike the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga.

Ultimately, if you're willing to trade portability convenience for Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, then the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a fantastic alternative to the Yoga.

Brendan Lowry

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