Awandragon – Lenovo revealed the ThinkPad Yoga 370 in a press release this morning. With the CES 2016 happening in just a week’s time, the company is showing off many of its devices ahead of the flurry of announcements all coming during the show. It’s billing the laptop as great for corporations and small businesses that want lots of power and something that can transform into a tablet. At the same time, it’s keen to attract users at home that just want a well-made 3-pound notebook with 10 hours of battery life.
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, thinkpad Yoga 370 display 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.
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.