Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 6) was one of the best Lenovo laptops to come out of 2021, and it’s now been improved for the seventh generation. Announced at CES 2022, the new X1 Yoga (Gen 7) benefits from many of the same X1 series upgrades that we’ve also seen in the refreshed X1 Carbon (Gen 10) and the X1 Nano (Gen 2).
On the latter side, the new communications bar installed above the display should make collaboration easier than ever while also providing advanced security. There are three different camera setups available, all with an FHD resolution and 1.4µm sensor. One is a basic FHD camera, one is an FHD and IR camera hybrid with webcam shutter, while the other adds Lenovo’s “Computer Vision” along with the IR camera.
Computer Vision combines Human Presence Detection (HPD) and a neural processing unit to analyze any activity in front of the laptop, even when the device is asleep. If the X1 Yoga realizes it’s not you approaching it, it won’t attempt to unlock automatically. Computer Vision can also sense when you look away from the display and will dim or turn off the screen to save energy or add privacy. For those wearing a mask in the office, Computer Vision will supposedly be able to tell it’s you even with a face covering.
Connectivity has been bumped up to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, plus there’s optional 5G and 4G LTE connectivity with eSIM and Nano SIM support. This being a ThinkPad, security features are still plentiful and include a fingerprint reader, dTPM 2.0 chip, Kensington lock slot, and optional IR camera, Privacy Guard, Privacy Alert, and Computer Vision. The ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 7) is expected March 2022 and should start at about $1,749.