Lenovo’s been selling a line of thin, light, and premium laptops with carbon-fiber covers under the ThinkPad X1 Carbon name for a few years. But it looks like the company plans to bring the material to non-ThinkPad laptops.

The upcoming Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is a compact, durable laptop with a white carbon fiber body. Lenovo hasn’t officially announced the laptop yet, but a leaked video posted to Twitter by WalkingCat gives us an idea of what it will look like when it arrives.

Update: The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is official, and it’s heading to select markets in the Asia Pacific and Oceana regions in October, but there are currently no plans for North American availability.

There’s no word on the specs, but the name does give us a few clues. Lenovo typically uses the “Yoga” name to describe convertible notebooks with 360-degree hinges that allow you to fold the screen back for use in tablet, tent, or stand modes (although a few Yoga-branded devices have had clamshell designs).

And Lenovo introduced a couple of other “Yoga Slim 7i” laptops earlier this year:

  • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i – 13.3 inch laptop w/Intel Tiger Lake and €999 starting price
  • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro – 13.3 inch laptop with Intel + NVIDIA GeForce MX graphics

Both laptops are expected to be available in Europe in November, but Lenovo has not announced any plans to bring either model to North America. Walking Cat notes that, like those models, the new Yoga Slim 7i Carbon is expected to have an 11th-gen Intel “Tiger Lake” processor.

So how will it be different? Well, there’s the carbon fiber lid… and that’s about all we know at this point.

A few other details you can pick up from the video:

  • The laptop has a 3 USB-C ports (some of which may be Thunderbolt 4).
  • There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • It seems to be actively cooled rather than fanless.
  • The speakers feature Dolby Atmos audio.

Update: A few more details, courtesy of a Lenovo product page that went live a little early and was later removed:

  • “Second-generation proprietary fiber reduces material weight by up to 40% while increasing durability.”
  • “Our lightest carbon-fiber material yet, with 5% higher rigidity. Screen flex will be a thing of the past.”
  • “The palm rest and bottom covers are constructed out of magnesium alloy and strengthened with structural ribs, for further portability and durability.”
  • “A tapered design gives it a sleek, 14.9mm profile, while rear-edge curving provides greater comfort for your hands.”


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9 replies on “Carbon’s not just for ThinkPads: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon leaked”

  1. Thank you for keeping an eye out for passive cooling. For some of us, that is a cardinal requirement, and I am really sad Dell moved away from that on their XPSs (the 2-in-1s used to be fanless).

  2. “Lenovo typically uses the “Yoga” name to describe convertible notebooks with 360-degree hinges that allow you to fold the screen back for use in tablet, tent, or stand modes (although a few Yoga-branded devices have had clamshell designs).”

    Hey Brad, just a heads-up to clear this up – Lenovo shifted away from “Yoga” denoting their convertible 2-in-1 lineup a while back, and now they’re simply using it as a premium branding line above their consumer-focused Ideapads (in line with most other OEMs that have 2-tier branding, like Asus Vivo/Zenbooks, Dell Inspiron/XPS, Acer Aspire/Swift).

    Source on the change here: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-is-flipping-its-naming-conventions-upside-down-Yoga-will-no-longer-imply-a-2-in-1-laptop.316028.0.html

    In any case, I don’t really expect much from this – it’s just the same Yoga Slim 7 chassis but with Tiger Lake (which absolutely can’t be fanless given them supposedly going up to 28 watts), but with a CFRP lid or palmrest or something.

    Oh, and a further dilution of THINK and its adjacent branding. Gotta love that. /s

    1. The “sad” part is that bread did an article on the shift when it happened. I think it also mentioned that “c” would be used to indicate convertibles and something else for the others (maybe “s” for slim?)

      1. I did, but Lenovo’s been pretty inconsistent with this ever since. Aside for one or two “Yoga” models the company announced at the time that were not convertibles, I’m pretty sure most models to use the brand in the US since then have been.

        1. Yeah. My comment was more teasing than criticizing (ergo the quotes). Too make it worse there’s US naming and international naming. The Flex 6 14 was the c630 elsewhere iirc (so maybe flex for cheap convertible inn the US maybe? ).

          Naming schemes often get very complicated the longer a product line goes on. Just look at Qualcomm’s chips. It’s basically impossible to know how chips compare outside of their tier (a newer 600/700 vs an old 800 for example) and even within it it can be confusing.

  3. I thought Lenovo now uses model numbers beginning with C to designate convertibles (like the C940), whereas Yoga is just their more expensive consumer lineup in general? At least they introduced that change in their naming convention a while ago. Of course, they may have changed their naming yet again, to avoid anyone ever clearly understanding what to expect from a given model (you can tell I agree with you that they should have kept Yoga for convertibles).
    I guess aside from ranting I just wanted to underline the point that there probably is no clear indication whether this particular model is a convertible.

    1. From my own experience, they are now using “Flex” to denote convertible laptops, at least in the low end devices.

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