At its IFA announcement, Lenovo also introduced a refreshed line of ThinkPad Yoga convertible laptops powered by Intel’s latest sixth-generation “Skylake” processors.
Naturally, the two new models, the Yoga 260 and Yoga 460, are also thinner and lighter than their predecessors. The Yoga 260 is an updated version of the 12.5-inch model, while the Yoga 460 is a larger 14-inch variant. Designed for road warriors who require premium productivity machines that are durable, the new ThinkPad 260 and 460 laptops are well equipped for whatever comes their way. Also, Lenovo is adding an optional LTE-A radio onboard, ensuring users can be connected at all times.
The ThinkPad 260 is a Windows 10 multi-mode laptop powered by a selection of the latest Intel Skylake processors, up to a Core i7-6600U. What’s interesting here is that the ThinkPad 260 can be configured to be more powerful than the larger ThinkPad 460, with options to add up to 16GB of RAM and a super fast 512GB PCIe SSD – the ThinkPad 460 maxes out at 8GB RAM and a choice of 1TB hard disk or 256GB SSD.
The smaller ThinkPad 260 packs two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, HDMI-out, and a microSD card slot. The screen resolution is either a 1,366 x 768 or a Full HD anti-glare screen, and both options support multi-touch gestures. Depending on the final configuration, the ThinkPad 260 has a starting weight of just 1.3kg.
On the other hand, the ThinkPad 460 can be configured to pack up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard disk or 256GB SSD, and the option to add a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940M GPU for a little more graphics power. There are also screen resolution options of Full HD (anti-glare and glossy) and a WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) glossy display – again, all options support multitouch. As for connectivity options, the ThinkPad 460 packs three USB 3.0 ports, mini DisplayPort, HDMI-out, and a SD card slot. The ThinkPad 460 starts from 1.8kg.
Both the ThinkPad models feature the Lift ‘n Lock keyboard from the original ThinkPad Yoga as well as an active, rechargeable digitizer stylus called the ThinkPad Pen Pro, with its housing integrated into the ThinkPad’s chassis. Lenovo also touts 10-hour battery life on both the ThinkPad 260 and 460. Finally, the company is offering the ThinkPad Yoga 260 and 460 in a new colour: Silver.
Lenovo also shared pricing and availability details for the new ThinkPads. The ThinkPad 260 and 460 will have retail prices starting from $949 (about RM4,010) and $1,049 (about RM4,440) respectively. The Yoga 260 will be available from November while the Yoga 460 will retail from October 2015 – both in Midnight Black and in selected markets only. The Silver editions will only be available from January 2016.