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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 Laptop Review: Business convertible with small improvements

Only a facelift? Lenovo’s latest convertible laptop in the ThinkPad series is clad in familiar clothing. A Comet Lake-based chip and Wi-Fi 6 are two headline features of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020. Read our review to learn what this actually means and whether this negatively affects battery life.
Sebastian Bade, 👁 Andreas Osthoff, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk),

Lenovo has not made any major changes to the ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020. Here, it is more about evolution than revolution. What this means is that the 2020 model has the same design as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because the X1 Yoga 2019 earned a lot of praise in our review. The price has not changed, but the performance should be better, at least according to the specifications sheet.

Our review device retails for 1670 Euros ($1937). For this money, users will get the ThinkPad X1 Yoga with an Intel Core i7-10510U, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The touchscreen and the Active Pen are also part of the package. This is the price for a special configuration, which Lenovo offers to students and other individuals eligible for Lenovo’s Campus Program. The operating system is not included, though. The regular price for this device amounts to at least 2300 Euros ($2668).

Go to our comprehensive review of the predecessor model to learn about the case, ports, input devices and the speakers.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 (ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10510U 4 x 1.8 - 4.8 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3-2133, dual-channel, soldered-in
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, 10-point, LP140WF9-SPE1, IPS LED, low power, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe, 442 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combination headphone/microphone jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: 3D Gyroscope, 3D Accelerometer
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.5 x 323 x 218 ( = 0.61 x 12.72 x 8.58 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 3321 mAh Lithium-Ion
Camera
Webcam: 720p with ThinkShutter & Infrared
Additional features
Speakers: quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-W USB-C power adapter, ThinkPad Ethernet Extension Cable Gen 2, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.336 kg ( = 47.13 oz / 2.95 pounds), Power Supply: 321 g ( = 11.32 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
1670 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90 %
07/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15.5 mm14.00"1920x1080
90 %
08/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15.5 mm14.00"1920x1080
91 %
02/2019
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
i7-8650U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
90 %
04/2020
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg16.1 mm13.30"1920x1080
87 %
03/2020
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
i7-10510U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
1.9 kg19.9 mm15.60"3840x2160
88 %
06/2019
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620
1.5 kg15 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case - Well-machined aluminium and magnesium

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020

Size Comparison

356 mm / 14 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 218 mm / 8.58 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.3 kg2.95 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 218 mm / 8.58 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.3 kg2.97 lbs321.4 mm / 12.7 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.4 kg2.98 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 202 mm / 7.95 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.5 kg3.33 lbs304.3 mm / 12 inch 197.5 mm / 7.78 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.1 kg2.51 lbs

Connectivity - The microSD card slot is still missing


Right side: Active Pen, power button, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, fan grill, Kensington Lock
Right side: Active Pen, power button, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, fan grill, Kensington Lock
Left side: Docking port (two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one Mini-Ethernet port), one USB 3.0 Type-A port, one HDMI 1.4b output, combination headphone/microphone jack
Left side: Docking port (two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one Mini-Ethernet port), one USB 3.0 Type-A port, one HDMI 1.4b output, combination headphone/microphone jack

Communication - ThinkPad now with Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi module
Wi-Fi module

The new Wi-Fi 6 module offers a much higher data reception speed. However, the data transmission rates are below our expectations. The device does not have an RJ45 port. However, an Ethernet adapter is included in the box. Lenovo offers a version of the X1 Yoga with an LTE modem.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1470 (835min - 1680max) MBit/s ∼100%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1454 (1393min - 1484max) MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=118)
1219 MBit/s ∼83% -17%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
888 (626min - 939max) MBit/s ∼60% -40%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
654 MBit/s ∼44% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
631 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Average of class Convertible
  (28.7 - 1470, n=181)
566 MBit/s ∼39% -61%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1411 (1311min - 1563max) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=118)
1079 MBit/s ∼76% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
898 (806min - 938max) MBit/s ∼64%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
650 (378min - 680max) MBit/s ∼46% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
610 MBit/s ∼43% -32%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
607 MBit/s ∼43% -32%
Average of class Convertible
  (36.4 - 1411, n=181)
561 MBit/s ∼40% -38%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
477 MBit/s ∼34% -47%
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1442 (835-1680)
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1454 (1393-1484)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø888 (626-939)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø898 (806-938)
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1411 (1311-1563)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø650 (378-680)

Web Camera


ColorChecker
16.4 ∆E
10 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
16 ∆E
13 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
21 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00: 10.37 ∆E min: 2.53 - max: 20.97 ∆E

Display - four different panels for the X1 Yoga 2020

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
No annoying clouding
No annoying clouding

At first glance, the display options do not seem to have changed when compared to last year’s model. Nevertheless, the low-power panel in our review device is brighter and offers an improved contrast ratio. Here is a list of all display options:

  • FullHD (1920x1080) low-power IPS panel, 400 cd/m², 72% NTSC    
  • FullHD (1920x1080) IPS panel with a privacy filter, 500 cd/m², 72% NTSC
  • QHD (2560x1440) IPS panel, 300 cd/m², 72% NTSC
  • UHD 4K (3840x2160), HDR 400 IPS panel, 500 cd/m², 90% DCI-P3

All options feature an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant surface.

Our review device has an average brightness of 405 cd/m², which corresponds to the value provided in the specifications sheet. The black value of 0.21 cd/m² is roughly the same when compared to the predecessor model. However, due to a higher display brightness, the contrast ratio is significantly higher (1948:1). The brightness distribution of 95% is so good that the X1 Yoga 2020 takes first place in our companion chart in this area. We observed no clouding or PWM flickering in our review device.

406
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
408
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LP140WF9-SPE1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 419 cd/m² Average: 404.6 cd/m² Minimum: 3.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 408 cd/m²
Contrast: 1948:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 1.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
95.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.53
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
LP140WF9-SPE1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
B140HAN05.8, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
AU Optronics AUO533D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
AUO5E2D, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
BOE HF NE156QUM-N64, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
SHP14A2, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Response Times
-28%
-35%
-25%
-26%
-28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 (24.4, 27.6)
61.6 (30, 31.6)
-18%
70.8 (34.8, 36)
-36%
60.8 (30.8, 30)
-17%
60 (29, 31)
-15%
56 (31.6, 24.4)
-8%
Response Time Black / White *
25.6 (12.4, 13.2)
35.2 (18, 17.2)
-38%
34.4 (18.8, 15.6)
-34%
33.8 (17.2, 16.6)
-32%
35 (21, 14)
-37%
38 (22.8, 15.2)
-48%
PWM Frequency
735.3 (100)
1667 (24)
Screen
0%
0%
17%
7%
5%
Brightness middle
409
372
-9%
416.3
2%
411
0%
351
-14%
277.2
-32%
Brightness
405
368
-9%
400
-1%
388
-4%
335
-17%
263
-35%
Brightness Distribution
95
88
-7%
89
-6%
87
-8%
87
-8%
83
-13%
Black Level *
0.21
0.22
-5%
0.29
-38%
0.22
-5%
0.31
-48%
0.2
5%
Contrast
1948
1691
-13%
1436
-26%
1868
-4%
1132
-42%
1386
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.9
4.6
6%
2.69
45%
1.8
63%
1.74
64%
2.1
57%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.4
7.8
7%
4.95
41%
4.1
51%
2.76
67%
5.91
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.3
0.9
31%
2.13
-64%
1
23%
1.03
21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
5.9
-2%
2.9
50%
2.5
57%
2.22
62%
3.4
41%
Gamma
2.53 87%
2.58 85%
2.4 92%
2.26 97%
2.35 94%
2.241 98%
CCT
7009 93%
6516 100%
6623 98%
6448 101%
6667 97%
6030 108%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.7
62.7
3%
60.1
-1%
64.7
7%
62
2%
64
5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95.3
97.8
3%
94.5
-1%
99.3
4%
97
2%
100
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -4%
-18% / -5%
-4% / 10%
-10% / 1%
-12% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

Colours
Colours
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscale
Grayscale
Colours (after calibration)
Colours (after calibration)
Saturation (after calibration)
Saturation (after calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)
Grayscale (after calibration)

Straight out of the box, the built-in panel exhibits a somewhat elevated DeltaE2000 colour deviation against the sRGB colour space. We observed the best results after calibration, with the DeltaE2000 sitting below the desired value of 3. The response times are the weak point of the X1 Yoga’s display. The competition does not do much better in this area. The IPS panel covers 95% of the sRGB colour space and almost 61% of the AdobeRGB colour space.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 vs. sRGB  (95.3%)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 vs. sRGB (95.3%)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 vs. AdobeRGB (60.7%)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020 vs. AdobeRGB (60.7%)

The highly reflective screen surface is not conducive to outdoor use. In the shade, there are too many annoying reflections on the screen. Nevertheless, the laptop is still usable due to a high display brightness. However, in direct sunlight, this level of brightness is not sufficient to overcome the reflections.

Outdoor use in the shade
Outdoor use in the shade
Outdoor use in direct sunlight
Outdoor use in direct sunlight

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 27.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9596 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel reveals its strengths when it comes to viewing angles. However, these are not perfect because of the brightness falloff at acute angles. We observed no issues at normal angles.

Viewing angles of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020
Viewing angles of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020

Performance - Yoga X1 now with Comet Lake

2020’s Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga comes with four different CPUs: Core i5-10210U, Core i5-10310U, Core i7-10510U and Core i7-10610U. All processors feature the Intel UHD Graphics 620. When it comes to RAM, there are two options: 8 GB and 16 GB. The X1 Yoga has a 512 GB SSD in the M.2-2280 form factor. There is a variant with a 1 TB SSD as well.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
XTU
XTU (Benchmark)
 

Processor

Intel Comet Lake U SoC
Intel Comet Lake U SoC

The Intel Core i7-10510U is a Comet Lake-based low-TDP CPU. All in all, it offers a disappointing level of performance. The Intel Core i7-10510U performs worse than last year’s Core i7-8565U. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is having a hard time keeping up with the rest of the competition and is only able to beat the HP Dragonfly.

In the first benchmark run in our multi-core Cinebench R15 continuous loop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga scores a good 691 points. After that the results swing up and down and, only after 20 benchmark runs, the CPU reaches a steady state. 

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø496 (469.38-691.57)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø600 (525.84-708.92)
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel Core i7-8650U: Ø525 (511.81-563.88)
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø413 (406.64-496.34)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø755 (699.58-835.95)
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel Core i7-8665U: Ø550 (527.93-598.95)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
496 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (362 - 497, n=33)
434 Points ∼88% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
426 Points ∼86%
Average of class Convertible
  (78 - 519, n=55)
372 Points ∼75% -13%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
370 Points ∼75% -13%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1721 Points ∼100% +34%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (1015 - 1897, n=34)
1398 Points ∼81% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1285 Points ∼75%
Average of class Convertible
  (200 - 2829, n=55)
1279 Points ∼74% 0%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1038 Points ∼60% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
197 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (113 - 202, n=38)
178 Points ∼90% +5%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
176 Points ∼89% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼89% +3%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel Core i7-8650U
172 Points ∼87% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
170 Points ∼86%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
146 Points ∼74% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 213, n=344)
112 Points ∼57% -34%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
836 Points ∼100% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
709 (525.84min - 708.92max) Points ∼85% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
684 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (482 - 856, n=41)
664 Points ∼79% -3%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
599 Points ∼72% -12%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel Core i7-8650U
564 Points ∼67% -18%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
496 (406.64min - 496.34max) Points ∼59% -27%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 1049, n=355)
345 Points ∼41% -50%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Convertible
  (447 - 5811, n=46)
1361 Seconds * ∼100% -69%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1039 Seconds * ∼76% -29%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (671 - 1051, n=27)
814 Seconds * ∼60% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
806.9 Seconds * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
762 Seconds * ∼56% +6%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3747 - 4981, n=27)
4568 MIPS ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4476 MIPS ∼98% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
4435 MIPS ∼97%
Average of class Convertible
  (1307 - 5167, n=45)
3984 MIPS ∼87% -10%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3885 MIPS ∼85% -12%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
20638 MIPS ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
19179 MIPS ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
18298 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (12196 - 21298, n=27)
17519 MIPS ∼85% -15%
Average of class Convertible
  (3541 - 31114, n=46)
15882 MIPS ∼77% -23%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
13812 MIPS ∼67% -33%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1287 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (977 - 1287, n=27)
1198 Points ∼93% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
1167 Points ∼91%
Average of class Convertible
  (233 - 1566, n=32)
1030 Points ∼80% -12%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Intel Core i7-10510U
4467 Points ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
3776 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (2474 - 4467, n=27)
3640 Points ∼81% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (770 - 5443, n=32)
3511 Points ∼79% -7%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4.9 fps ∼100% +25%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (3.41 - 5.5, n=27)
4.53 fps ∼92% +16%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
4.155 fps ∼85% +6%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.58 - 8.81, n=46)
3.99 fps ∼81% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
3.92 fps ∼80%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Core i5-8265U
3.51 fps ∼72% -10%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Convertible
  (46.9 - 238, n=26)
85.1 s ∼100% +50%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (50.7 - 77.8, n=23)
58.8 s ∼69% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
56.86 s ∼67%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Convertible
  (0.611 - 2.74, n=27)
0.984 sec * ∼100% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.717 sec * ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (0.638 - 0.81, n=24)
0.683 sec * ∼69% +5%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5740
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
26815 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9009 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5856 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
20592
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6763
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
6.36 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
46.6 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.69 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
46.65 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
1.77 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
57.89 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
684 Points
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System Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 does quite well when it comes to system performance. The relatively weak CPU performance is not reflected in the synthetic system benchmarks. Subjectively, the system felt very snappy during our review.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3441 Points ∼100% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2465 - 4741, n=16)
3239 Points ∼94% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
3169 Points ∼92% +6%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3069 Points ∼89% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2999 Points ∼87%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
2859 Points ∼83% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 5161, n=136)
2676 Points ∼78% -11%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
2667 Points ∼78% -11%
Productivity
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6554 - 8036, n=16)
7243 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7207 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7151 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
7077 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
6980 Points ∼96% -3%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6670 Points ∼92% -7%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
5916 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7945, n=138)
5514 Points ∼76% -23%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9652 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8020 - 10546, n=16)
9266 Points ∼96% -4%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8992 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8980 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
8951 Points ∼93% -7%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8848 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
8270 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 10546, n=138)
7324 Points ∼76% -24%
Score
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4312 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3783 - 4688, n=16)
4299 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4251 Points ∼99%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
4178 Points ∼97% -2%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4078 Points ∼95% -4%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4060 Points ∼94% -4%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3636 Points ∼84% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 5214, n=139)
3370 Points ∼78% -21%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5200 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5135 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3734 - 5366, n=13)
4987 Points ∼96% -4%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4743 Points ∼91% -9%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4558 Points ∼88% -12%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
4548 Points ∼87% -13%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4375 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5366, n=260)
3828 Points ∼74% -26%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4198 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
3660 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3157 - 4251, n=13)
3635 Points ∼87% -13%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3563 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3550 Points ∼85% -15%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3308 Points ∼79% -21%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3159 Points ∼75% -25%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=310)
2874 Points ∼68% -32%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4198 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5493 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5200 points
PCMark 10 Score
4251 points
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DPC Latencies

LatencyMon reveals no problems with DPC latencies when opening tabs in Edge. However, we encountered some issues related to the DPC latencies when playing back a 4K video. Here, the CPU utilisation hovered around 58%. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga exhibits no issues when running Prime95 or performing FFTs. 

Highest latency when opening browser tabs and when watching 4K videos
Highest latency when opening browser tabs and when watching 4K videos
Driver files ranked by highest latency
Driver files ranked by highest latency
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
584.5 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

NVMe SSD
NVMe SSD

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga features a 512 GB NVMe SSD from Samsung, which scores some major points with its high transfer speeds. The 4K read speed of over 56 MB/s is quite impressive. Thanks to this, the laptop boots up very quickly, because during the boot-up the system has to read a lot of small files. All in all, the storage device performs better than the Western Digital SSD in last year’s model. 

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
CDI
CDI
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Average Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
8%
-4%
-17%
1%
-44%
4%
Write 4K
158.5
194.3
23%
122.7
-23%
88.04
-44%
137.8
-13%
35.06
-78%
141 (88.1 - 185, n=21)
-11%
Read 4K
49.78
51.24
3%
46.57
-6%
132.15
165%
44.15
-11%
23.64
-53%
48.6 (35.8 - 65.2, n=21)
-2%
Write Seq
1534
1773
16%
1725
12%
502.98
-67%
2073
35%
1537
0%
2019 (931 - 2896, n=21)
32%
Read Seq
1464
2512
72%
2392
63%
1306.33
-11%
2165
48%
1782
22%
2021 (1136 - 2754, n=21)
38%
Write 4K Q32T1
435.5
431.7
-1%
470.6
8%
237.3
-46%
431.9
-1%
100.3
-77%
447 (326 - 556, n=21)
3%
Read 4K Q32T1
554.1
539
-3%
313.2
-43%
287.35
-48%
427.7
-23%
62.73
-89%
477 (332 - 585, n=21)
-14%
Write Seq Q32T1
2983.8
2538
-15%
1869
-37%
1242.4
-58%
2253
-24%
2698
-10%
2868 (934 - 2994, n=21)
-4%
Read Seq Q32T1
3556.7
3489
-2%
3380
-5%
2480.4
-30%
3480
-2%
1073
-70%
3504 (3269 - 3568, n=21)
-1%
Write 4K Q8T8
1444.4
866.9
-40%
1444
0%
Read 4K Q8T8
1052.2
1314.7
25%
1052
0%
AS SSD
-15%
-21%
-64%
-24%
-97%
-19%
Copy Game MB/s
1130.78
920.56
-19%
1024.32
-9%
1241.53
10%
1055.12
-7%
1131 (388 - 1568, n=14)
0%
Copy Program MB/s
569.79
498.25
-13%
450.29
-21%
457.86
-20%
379.42
-33%
478 (72.2 - 673, n=14)
-16%
Copy ISO MB/s
2191.33
1809.67
-17%
2034.38
-7%
1931.07
-12%
1767.39
-19%
1929 (1386 - 2452, n=14)
-12%
Score Total
4381
4245
-3%
3790
-13%
1420
-68%
3582
-18%
1300
-70%
4251 (2927 - 5133, n=21)
-3%
Score Write
2021
1832
-9%
1440
-29%
580
-71%
1628
-19%
345
-83%
2050 (1598 - 2367, n=21)
1%
Score Read
1567
1610
3%
1569
0%
566
-64%
1335
-15%
667
-57%
1456 (843 - 1864, n=21)
-7%
Access Time Write *
0.025
0.023
8%
0.035
-40%
0.045
-80%
0.029
-16%
0.143
-472%
0.0555 (0.024 - 0.112, n=21)
-122%
Access Time Read *
0.035
0.088
-151%
0.043
-23%
0.078
-123%
0.082
-134%
0.122
-249%
0.0523 (0.035 - 0.076, n=21)
-49%
4K-64 Write
1638.05
1431.6
-13%
1208.83
-26%
438.47
-73%
1370.88
-16%
199.5
-88%
1719 (1311 - 2007, n=21)
5%
4K-64 Read
1237.88
1275.8
3%
1341.64
8%
393.74
-68%
1013.4
-18%
415.58
-66%
1179 (585 - 1601, n=21)
-5%
4K Write
148.26
162.44
10%
104.06
-30%
110.71
-25%
125.99
-15%
28.92
-80%
129 (96.5 - 189, n=21)
-13%
4K Read
56.76
45.66
-20%
46.25
-19%
62.34
10%
47.43
-16%
22.29
-61%
53.6 (47.6 - 60.3, n=21)
-6%
Seq Write
2344
2380.57
2%
1269.89
-46%
305
-87%
1307.15
-44%
1162.98
-50%
2021 (1226 - 2724, n=21)
-14%
Seq Read
2724
2888.1
6%
1815.96
-33%
1096
-60%
2739.08
1%
2288.68
-16%
2231 (1658 - 2844, n=21)
-18%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -6%
-13% / -15%
-41% / -45%
-12% / -15%
-71% / -78%
-8% / -9%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Sequential Read: 1545 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1624 MB/s
512K Read: 1675 MB/s
512K Write: 1820 MB/s
4K Read: 70.9 MB/s
4K Write: 160.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 571.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 450.2 MB/s

Graphics Card

The CPU comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620, which is an integrated GPU that has been used in mobile processors for years. Because the ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 comes with dual-channel RAM, the graphics chip is able to reach its full potential. However, this iGPU is intended for running simple multimedia applications.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
7291 Points ∼100% +283%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1906 Points ∼26%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8650U
1902 Points ∼26% 0%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1789 Points ∼25% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1785 Points ∼24% -6%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1778 Points ∼24% -7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=231)
1744 Points ∼24% -8%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 17421, n=368)
1524 Points ∼21% -20%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
5616 Points ∼100% +365%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
1245 Points ∼22% +3%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 13158, n=274)
1219 Points ∼22% +1%
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1216 Points ∼22% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
1207 Points ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1169 Points ∼21% -3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1420, n=199)
1152 Points ∼21% -5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
27059 Points ∼100% +190%
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8650U
10804 Points ∼40% +16%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
10165 Points ∼38% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
9500 Points ∼35% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
9500 Points ∼35% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-10510U
9326 Points ∼34%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=212)
9229 Points ∼34% -1%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 38419, n=320)
7549 Points ∼28% -19%
3DMark 11 Performance
2092 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
65793 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8015 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1099 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
545 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
436 points
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Gaming Performance

The iGPU is not capable of running any modern titles. It can achieve playable frame rates in older and non-demanding games, but only on the lowest settings. Nevertheless, it is possible to play the latest games on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020. However, for this, users will need an external GPU, which can be connected to the device via the Thunderbolt 3 port (four PCIe lanes).

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 75.9 39.3 33.5 11 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 75.4 42.5 19.1 17.3 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 12.2 9.89 9.54 fps

Emissions - Quiet and long-lasting laptop

System Noise

When idle, the system is absolutely silent. However, even under low load, the fan starts quietly spinning, with the noise level peaking at 30.6 dB(A). Only when the system is taxed does the noise level become noticeable, but at 33.7 dB(A) it is far from being annoying.

Noise Level

Idle
29.4 / 29.4 / 30.6 dB(A)
Load
33.7 / 33.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.53632.837.833.92530.227.527.327.128.83129.425.727.330.836.84028.62827.630.531.15027.927.528.227.927.56326.125.525.524.1258023.925.224.523.224.610025.225.424.322.624.212524.124.423.322.423.316023.225.42423.222.720022.924.123.823.323.425024.224.925.324.124.531522.222.723.621.721.840020.822.12220.521.250021.521.222.42020.363019.920.321.319.419.780019.319.920.81919.3100018.920.121.418.818.7125018.920.42218.118.1160019.120.722.916.617200018.820.523.116.116.2250017.919.322.315.716.3315017.7192215.516.2400017.819.322.215.316500017.218.321.415.215.9630016.416.719.715.315.9800015.915.91815.215.91000015.715.817.215.115.81250015.615.616.11515.61600015.415.515.914.815.5SPL30.631.733.729.429.7N1.51.621.31.3median 18.9median 20.3median 22median 18.1median 18.1Delta2.52.11.22.83hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00

Temperature

3DMark 11 post-stress test
3DMark 11 post-stress test

When idle, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 does not become hot. Under load, the surface temperatures rise considerably, peaking at 48.4 °C (119.12 °F). The surface temperatures of our review device are very similar to those of the predecessor model, which is not surprising since both devices have the same chassis. Because there are no areas at which the 50-°C (122 °F) mark is exceeded, working on this device over an extended period of time should be quite comfortable.

Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95

In our stress test with FurMark and Prime95, the CPU temperatures rose rapidly initially, because the CPU drew 51 watts. After a few seconds the power draw fell to 15 watts and the CPU frequency dropped to 900 MHz. Subsequently, the temperatures fell from 98 °C (208.4 °F) to an average of 76 °C (168.8 °F).

Max. Load
 36.1 °C
97 F
42.4 °C
108 F
44.1 °C
111 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
40 °C
104 F
42.9 °C
109 F
 
 29.2 °C
85 F
33 °C
91 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 44.1 °C = 111 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
47 °C
117 F
48.4 °C
119 F
38 °C
100 F
42.6 °C
109 F
44.3 °C
112 F
35 °C
95 F
33.8 °C
93 F
32.8 °C
91 F
30.4 °C
87 F
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.7 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 22.9 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.1 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.4 °C / 93.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-5.6 °C / -10.1 F).
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Heat
3%
5%
-2%
3%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.1
44.1
-0%
38.2
13%
41.1
7%
42.6
3%
49.6
-12%
Maximum Bottom *
48.4
47.8
1%
48
1%
47.5
2%
41.5
14%
60.2
-24%
Idle Upper Side *
26
24
8%
23.6
9%
26.4
-2%
26.4
-2%
22.4
14%
Idle Bottom *
25.8
24.8
4%
26.6
-3%
29.7
-15%
26.3
-2%
23.2
10%

* ... smaller is better

Heat distribution under load - top side
Heat distribution under load - top side
Heat distribution under load - bottom size
Heat distribution under load - bottom size

Speakers


dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.834.82527.1273130.833.34030.531.45027.929.86324.130.68023.236.110022.642.212522.446.216023.247.720023.349.925024.150.931521.755.640020.559.8500206163019.466.98001974.1100018.873.3125018.172.3160016.668.4200016.168.5250015.767.2315015.565.4400015.358.1500015.257.9630015.358.2800015.253.41000015.150.2125001547.21600014.840.1SPL29.480N1.342median 18.1median 58.1Delta2.88.939.241.336.838.935.436.435.836.236.335.635.3363536.332.544.531.553.831.264.930.769.230.772.829.370.92967.128.268.528.771.127.376.727.477.427.2752775.926.975.32778.926.573.926.673.126.478.426.580.726.480.926.174.7267126.166.839.288.93.583.8median 27.2median 73.11.54.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.92 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 6% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Energy Consumption

Despite a low-power display, the power consumption of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is not better than that of the competition. The Asus ZenBook 15 has a very high power draw, because it has a dedicated GPU. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga is slightly more energy-efficient than the predecessor model. However, the lower power consumption when idle is offset by a high power draw under load. The energy consumption peaks at 67.3 watts, when the CPU is actively turboing. This is not a problem for the 65-watt power adapter.

USB-C power adapter
USB-C power adapter
USB-C power adapter
USB-C power adapter
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.9 / 6 / 9.6 Watt
Load midlight 42.6 / 67.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
i7-8650U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H), IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
i7-10510U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
-3%
3%
12%
-44%
18%
2%
1%
Idle Minimum *
2.9
3.8
-31%
2.7
7%
3.5
-21%
2.3
21%
2.6
10%
3.79 (1 - 12.4, n=244)
-31%
4.56 (1 - 23, n=418)
-57%
Idle Average *
6
6.1
-2%
6.5
-8%
5.1
15%
10.3
-72%
4.3
28%
6.95 (2.8 - 15.7, n=246)
-16%
7.7 (1.3 - 32.3, n=418)
-28%
Idle Maximum *
9.6
9.1
5%
11.5
-20%
8.1
16%
11
-15%
5.5
43%
8.71 (3.8 - 16.6, n=244)
9%
9.23 (1.8 - 61, n=418)
4%
Load Average *
42.6
38.6
9%
38.7
9%
35.6
16%
77
-81%
32
25%
35.1 (8.1 - 51.6, n=244)
18%
27.4 (1.4 - 94, n=416)
36%
Load Maximum *
67.3
64.5
4%
50.5
25%
44.7
34%
118
-75%
78.8
-17%
47.3 (22 - 96.3, n=246)
30%
33.6 (6.8 - 118, n=417)
50%
Witcher 3 ultra *
68

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

51-Wh battery
51-Wh battery

The battery capacity of 51-Wh is unchanged. We got slightly longer battery runtimes in our reality-oriented Wi-Fi benchmark, which we conducted using the new version of Microsoft Edge. A battery runtime of eleven hours means that the laptop will be able to last for an entire workday. However, the Dell Latitude 7200 offers an even-longer battery runtime. Neither the CPU nor the GPU are throttled down when running on battery power and the battery takes one hour and forty-seven minutes to fully charge.

3DMark 11 on battery power
3DMark 11 on battery power
Cinebench R15 on battery power
Cinebench R15 on battery power
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
21h 37min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 83.0.478.58)
10h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Edge 83.0.478.58)
8h 02min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 00min
Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery benchmark (68% brightness)
Wi-Fi battery benchmark (68% brightness)
Wi-Fi battery benchmark (100% brightness)
Wi-Fi battery benchmark (100% brightness)
H.264 battery benchmark (68% brightness)
H.264 battery benchmark (68% brightness)
Charging time
Charging time
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2019-20QGS00A00
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5
i7-8650U, UHD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
HP Elite Dragonfly-8MK79EA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 56.2 Wh
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX563FD-A1027T
i7-10510U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 71 Wh
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, 78 Wh
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
-13%
27%
20%
5%
12%
-16%
Reader / Idle
1297
1673
29%
1169
-10%
805 (117 - 2892, n=309)
-38%
H.264
556
588
6%
717
29%
669
20%
464 (206 - 1070, n=128)
-17%
WiFi v1.3
654
541
-17%
623
-5%
605
-7%
566
-13%
732
12%
470 (153 - 1141, n=293)
-28%
Load
120
85
-29%
187
56%
166
38%
149
24%
145 (49 - 677, n=310)
21%

Pros

+ rigid, compact case
+ aluminium surface is fingerprint-resistant
+ good speakers
+ good selection of ports + business features
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ very fast SSD
+ very comfortable input devices
+ mostly very quite operation
+ generous warranty
+ Active Pen Pro can be stored within the device
+ usable battery life

Cons

- CPU performance worse than in last year's model
- wrist rest area gets warm even when doing simple tasks
- no (micro) SD Card slot
- LTE module cannot be installed after purchase
- only 16 GB of RAM and not upgradable
- LCD: glossy surface & high response times

Verdict - ThinkPad X1 Yoga with slight improvements

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Reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020. Review device provided courtesy of: my notebook
Reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020. Review device provided courtesy of: my notebook

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 is very similar to its predecessor and therefore offers almost the same exact advantages and disadvantages. This is because both devices have the same chassis, which is quite rigid, because it is made of high-quality materials.  

The change to the newer Comet Lake CPU provided some improvements. However, the raw CPU performance is somewhat lower, when compared to the predecessor. That being said, the system performance is still very good, thanks in large part to a very fast PCIe SSD.

The new ThinkPad X1 Yoga G5 is only a small update. Lenovo still offers a very good business convertible with a rigid chassis and good system performance. However, upgrading from the predecessor model does not make much sense.

In terms of ports, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga offers everything one might need. Thanks to two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the laptop is quite future-proof. The device is no less future-proof in terms of wireless communication, because it supports the fast Wi-Fi 6 standard. The old weak points are still there, namely the maximum of 16 GB of RAM and the fact that users cannot install an LTE modem post-purchase. The battery lasts long enough for a normal day at the office.

At first glance, the regular price of 2300 Euros ($2668) seems quite high. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 is primarily intended for business customers, who put a premium on mobility and battery life. As a convertible, the device is very versatile and the Active Pen Pro is also always there. The bright display is quite good, but the highly reflective screen surface can cause some discomfort.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2020-20UCS03S00 - 07/11/2020 v7
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Chassis
88 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
67 / 75 → 90%
Weight
71 / 20-75 → 93%
Battery
85%
Display
88%
Games Performance
51 / 78 → 66%
Application Performance
80 / 85 → 94%
Temperature
89%
Noise
96%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Camera
41 / 85 → 48%
Average
78%
90%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2020-07-22 (Update: 2020-07-27)
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