Lenovo ThinkPad: Two subnotebooks and a convertible with Kaby Lake (X270, ThinkPad 13, Yoga 370)
The majority of ThinkPads sold every year are part of the T-series and L-series. If you are interested in these models, we have a second article here. Lenovo has also announced new accessories, they are detailed here. In this article, we will cover the other three ThinkPads with Kaby-Lake, which were announced today.
Lenovo ThinkPad 2017: New Features for all models
Some features are being introduced to all ThinkPad. These include:
- Kaby-Lake-CPUs: Naturally, all new models are equipped with the newest CPUs by Intel.
- Clean Preload: Lenovo is now using the Microsoft Signature Edition for all ThinkPad preloads, meaning they will be shipped without any unnecessary bloatware.
- Precision TouchPad: The new ThinkPads are using to the Microsoft Precision TouchPad standard. The new touchpads are supposed to be much more precise.
- USB Type C Short-Circuit-Protection: Many of the new ThinkPads have USB Type C ports, which can be used to charge the laptops as well. Since many 3rd party USB C cables and chargers are known to be of a lesser quality, sometimes even dangerous, Lenovo has build in a protection against shorts.
- Diagnostic-Codes: To make troubleshooting easier, the new ThinkPads have various audio signals. Lenovo says that there will be a smartphone app, which then recognizes the individual audio-signals.
- Intel Optane Memory: Some ThinkPads are equipped with Intel Optane memory. This is optional.
ThinkPad Yoga 370
At the first glance, the Yoga 370 seems to be a completely new model. It really is the first ThinkPad Yoga with a 13,3" display. But if we take a closer look at the new model, the similarities with the Yoga 260 become obvious. It seems Lenovo simply used a bigger display for the Yoga 260 chassis, which is easily possible, considering the rather large bezels of the old model.
Aside from this upgrade in the screen-size, the Yoga 370 ditches the proprietary Onelink+ standard as well as the mDP for Thunderbolt 3. Also, the battery is slightly larger now compared with the Yoga 260, containing 51 Wh instead of 44 Wh.
The X270 is following in the footsteps of the X260 as the "traditional" business subnotebook. Compared with its predecessor, the new model has barely changed, Lenovo still uses roughly the same chassis-design. New is the touch-based Fingerprint-Reader, the X260 still used a swipe-based model. Additionally, Lenovo is swapping the mDP for USB Type C, but without Thunderbolt 3 in this case. At least the connector has DisplayPort and also allows the charging via USB Type C (optionally).
When it comes to the inner components, Lenovo now uses DDR4 instead of DDR3L memory, the X270 also has a option for 512 GB PCIe SSDs. Aside from that, the X270 also offers FHD (1.920 x 1.080) with Touch yet again. The X250 already had this option, the X260 lost it, now the X270 has it again.
ThinkPad 13 2nd Generation
A relatively small update is the second generation of the ThinkPad 13, which was introduced roughly one year ago as a completely new ThinkPad model, meant meant mainly for students. With the second generation of this ThinkPad, Lenovo employs PCIe SSDs as well, the first model was limited to SATA 3. Lastly, the new ThinkPad 13 will be available with the backlit keyboard option.
Availability and Prices
The ThinkPad 13 will be available in January 2017, the ThinkPad Yoga 370 and the X270 will be available in March. Since its a budget model, the ThinkPad 13 will start at 674 US-Dollar. The X270 will cost 909 US-Dollar, the convertible Yoga 370 will start at 1264 Dollar.