ThinkPad Yoga 260 - Discussion Thread

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Now that the ThinkPad Yoga 260 is finally available, let's give it its own thread.

    ThinkPad Yoga 260 official product page

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    See here for a side view showing the ports.


    Specs
    12.5" IPS, resolution 1366x768 or 1920x1080, brightness 300nits
    Wacom AES digitizer, pen stored in silo
    i5-6200U or i3-6100U (i7-6500U later), Intel 520 integrated graphics
    Up to 16 GB DDR4 in single user-accessible DIMM slot
    Up to 512 GB SSD

    Front Facing Camera 720p HD
    Fingerprint Touch Reader
    2 x USB 3.0, microSD
    Mini DisplayPort, HDMI
    Backlit keyboard, trackpoint with dedicated buttons
    OneLink+ port (warning: new type!)

    Up to 10 Hours battery life (to be confirmed)
    4 Cell Li-Polymer Battery 44Wh
    Dimensions: 12.20" x 8.66" x 0.70" (309.9mm x 220mm x 17.8mm)
    Starting at 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)

    More technical detail in the hardware maintenance manual (thanks for the link, @ibmthink)


    Price
    - Base model: $1030 before tax ($926 with current 10% off promotion)
    - Maxed out: $2100 before tax, without WWAN (can't select for now)
    - Added cost for new OneLink+ dock: $180 (thanks @czm2000)


    Changes compared to the ThinkPad Yoga 12
    - new CPU (6th gen vs 5th gen, Skylake vs Broadwell)
    - user accessable DIMM slot as opposed to soldered RAM
    - more memory (16GB vs 8GB)
    - Fingerprint reader option (none on the TPY12 iirc)
    - larger SSD (512GB vs 256GB)
    - Availability of WWAN / LTE (coming soon)
    - miniDP + HDMI ports, instead of mini HDMI on the TPY12
    - Wacom AES vs Wacom EMR on the TPY12
    - microSD vs full size SD on the TPY12
    - bit less bright (300 vs 400nits)
    - OneLink+ vs. the old OneLink connector (not compatible)
    - 2.9 lbs vs. 3.48 lbs. That's going to be noticeable!


    Remaining wishlist for the next version (personal opinion)
    - brighter screen
    - eraser on the stowed pen
    - lighter, thinner, more battery life :D
    - RealSense camera for Windows Hello
    - discrete graphics option
    - USB type C or thunderbolt for docking instead of OneLink+
    - smaller bezels
     
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  2. czm2000

    czm2000 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Hi there, there, there. Wow, wow, wow. It sure is empty in here, here, here.

    I'll go second. Bummed it currently maxes out at only an i5.

    Encouraged to see the upgradeable 16GB DDR4 RAM though, though, though
     
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  3. ibmthink

    ibmthink Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Really looking forward to see how people like this one. It really was my favorite of the show on IFA 2015 (ok, besides ThinkPad P50 and P70, but they are a whole different category^^). Great little guy. It felt much closer to a traditional X series in design & material quality compared to te older Yoga 12 (which it also is in some parts => like the removable DIMM slot). And really light. Yoga 12 felt chunky in comparison.

    Also, looking forward to see which one of all the Skylake Yogas Lenovo offers and will offer soon will be the most popular. :vbbiggrin: I think Yoga 260 is a strong contender, but there are other great models yet to be announced too. I do enjoy the Yoga 900 that I own too, but still, it aint no ThinkPad. :thumbsup:
     
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  4. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Agreed, from the specs it looks like a great upgrade, minus the slightly (?) dimmer screen and the OneLink+ change. I really like the lower weight, the fingerprint option, the move away from the awful mini-HDMI port of the TPY12, and the larger RAM option. We'll see if I manage to hold on to this TPY12 before the other leaked TP products are officially released.

    As I'm adding 'fingerprint reader' to the list of improvements, I wonder if people will miss Windows Hello. Users seem to really love that on the Surface Book. Is Lenovo adding any RealSense cameras on future systems?
     
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  5. ibmthink

    ibmthink Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I dunno, maybe. :vbtongue: :vbbiggrin: Not on all system immediately, thats for sure...

    Another point is LTE, which isn´t available on the Yoga 260 for now, but it will be eventually - its the first ThinkPad Yoga (and Yoga in general) to have this option.
     
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    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Some good and some bad decisions when it comes to connectivity.

    Full-size HDMI + mDP is great, no need to carry around an adapter when you want to connect it to a projector (unless it's still VGA) and the mDP gives you the option of a 4K@60Hz external monitor.

    Switching to MicroSD is annoying. Why? I get that on a slim tablet, but space for the slot shouldn't be an issue here.

    Instead of coming out with yet another proprietary and even incompatible dock connector, they should have just switched to Thunderbolt 3.
    I hate this "If you want accessories, you have to buy whatever WE offer you"-philosophy.
     
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  7. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    Pretty bummed out they're removing the super bright screen. 400 nits is sometimes too bright, but 300 is regularly too dim for me. Always prefer to be able to bump it up yo super bright, when I'm outside or close to a window or under very bright overhead lights. A silly thing to remove, that has real real world benefits, and doesn't have to reduce battery life if you don't want to use it. :(
     
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  8. hhlim18

    hhlim18 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    The maximum CPU is Intel Core i7-6500U, however it's not available for configure in US for now.

    Anyone know is LTE antenna included in current model?
     
  9. potoooooooo

    potoooooooo Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Been lurking for a while literally just for information about this laptop, signed up literally to say the price is disappointing.

    Best Buy had a pretty decent price cut on the 460, will the 260 receive any such treatment?

    The 460 seems like a much better deal, at 1000$ for twice the storage, ram, and a beefier CPU. Not to mention a FHD screen, which costs 260 dollars (!!!) to upgrade to from the WXGA or whatever 768p is.

    Also, just to clarify, the 260 has a single DDR4 sodimm slot inside, not two? Or do we not know?
     
  10. hhlim18

    hhlim18 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    According to HMM there's a single sodim slot inside.
     
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