In 2021, Lenovo is expanding its high-end ThinkPad X1 series with another model. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is thinner than all ThinkPads to date and at the same time the first ThinkPad X1 Yoga laptop model in the series to feature a 3:2 LCD. At the same time, it is one of the few notebooks in which Titanium is used.
Titanium is a material that has not been seen often in laptops. Typically, laptops are made of plastic, aluminum, magnesium, glass, and carbon fiber plastic or a mix of these materials. To find a laptop made from this exotic material, one has to look far back: The Apple Powerbook G4, also called “TiBook”, relied on titanium in the early 2000s. And around 15 years ago there were Lenovo / IBM ThinkPads with display covers made of titanium, the models of the ThinkPad Z series. Interestingly, both the TiBook from Apple and the Z series from Lenovo were the first models with the then-new, wider 16:10 format.
This is an interesting parallel to the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Gen 1. After all, the new ThinkPad flagship laptop not only uses titanium, it also introduces a new aspect ratio. 3:2 screens were only available from Lenovo with detachable like the new ThinkPad X12. The Lenovo X1 Yoga is now the first ThinkPad laptop and the first Yoga convertible with an aspect ratio that is longer than 16:10.
But why 3:2 here when Lenovo uses 16:10 on the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon? According to Lenovo, 3:2 has an advantage, especially with tablets and convertibles, while 16:10 is more likely to be used with normal clamshell laptops. This also shows a decisive difference to the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which like the X1 Carbon has a 16:10 display: Lenovo has optimized the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga even more for tablet use.
This can also be seen in the significantly lower weight (1.15 kg) compared to the X1 Yoga (1.39 kg) and the extremely thin case overall. At 11.5 mm, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is the thinnest ThinkPad laptop of all time, which should make it much easier to use as a tablet. Ultimately, that should also be the reason why Lenovo uses titanium as a material. After all, the strength is significantly higher than that of an aluminum alloy, which means that the ThinkPad Yoga Titanium could be made thinner. However, only the display lid is made of titanium, the rest of the case is made of a mixture of carbon and magnesium.
However, the thinner, lighter case also means that the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is more limited than its thicker brothers. There are only two Thunderbolt 4 ports as connections, just like the ThinkPad X1 Nano. A maximum of a 1 TB SSD in M.2-2242 format is used as a mass storage device; larger 2TB models in this smaller format are not yet available. Speaking of memory: there is a maximum of 16 GB LPDDR4X; Lenovo reserves the 32 GB option for the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga.
The battery shrinks from 57 to 44.5-watt hours compared to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and Lenovo also relies on Intel Tiger-Lake UP4 instead of the slightly faster UP3 variants – this is also something in common with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. Compared to the X1 Yoga, there is also no stylus integrated directly into the housing, instead, one can be attached magnetically to the X1 Titanium Yoga. Even with the speakers, Lenovo has to pay tribute to the shrinking course, because the X1 Titanium Yoga only has two boxes instead of four as in the thicker X1 ThinkPads.
Very unusual for a ThinkPad laptop: there is only one screen option. However, it is not from bad parents: A 13.5-inch low-power display in 3:2 format. Maximum brightness of the LCD: 450 cd/m², the resolution is 2K (2,256 x 1,504) and the sRGB coverage is 100%. Compared to the X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon, you hardly have to make any compromises with the keyboard, which has the same travel of 1.35 mm and of course the red ThinkPad TrackPoint. Like the larger colleagues, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga can also be ordered with 5G / LTE as an option.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga Gen 1 price and availability
This new Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is now available to pre-order on the Bhphotovideo.com website exclusively in silver color. In terms of price, with at least $2,156.51, it is once again one step above X1 Yoga and X1 Carbon.