Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 8)

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Hardware PCI/USB ID Working?
Touchpad Yes
TrackPoint Yes
GPU 8086:a7a0 Yes
Webcam 8086:a75d Partial
5986:1178 Yes
04f2:b751 Yes
Bluetooth 8087:0033 Yes
Wireless 8086:51f1 Yes
Audio 8086:51ca Yes
Mobile broadband (FM350-GL, L860-GL) 14c3:4d75 Yes
8086:7560 Yes
Fingerprint reader 06cb:00fc Yes
Accelerometer 8086:a74f Yes
Warning: Do not buy this laptop (says even Lenovo) with MIPI camera (listed by Lenovo as 'Computer Vision camera') (an only option with 2.8k OLED screen but also possible with IPS screens) which does not have open source drivers and will not just work in the coming few years.

The 8th generation of the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga is an Intel based 2-in-1 laptop with a 14 inch touchscreen introduced in 2023. The laptop screen can be folded over transforming the device in a tablet like tool while also including a stylus as an extra form of input. It uses the Intel Iris Xe graphic card and the 13th generation of Intel processors.

To ensure you have this version, install the package dmidecode and run:

# dmidecode -t system | grep Version
       Version: ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8

Accessibility

The UEFI setup utility presents modern graphic and mouse support. You can switch back to the classic text-mode user interface from withing the setup utility in order to increase compatibility with screen readers. The modern graphical mode is the factory default.

Firmware

In August of 2018 Lenovo has joined the Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) project, which enables firmware updates from within the OS. BIOS updates (and possibly other firmware such as the Thunderbolt controller) can be queried for and installed through fwupd.

Audio

Additional firmware is required for the sound card to function. See Advanced Linux Sound Architecture#ALSA firmware.

Accelerometer

Install iio-sensor-proxy package.

This will allow the display to rotate as the device is oriented in different direction.

Mobile broadband

The modem might prevent the laptop from suspending. Disabling its module, mtk_t7xx, fixes that. FCC unlock for both FM350-GL (Non-US only) and L860-GL is available on the official Lenovo website. Helpful instructions for Fibocom L860-GL are provided on Lenovo Forums [1].

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Reason: Confirm the next section for US carriers, as its author is not based in the US. (Discuss in Talk:Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 8))

There is also an open source FCC unlock script on the freedesktop.org GitLab that can be confirmed to be working with a non-US carrier.

To install the above script, simply save it as a plaintext file to /etc/ModemManager/fcc-unlock.d/14c3:4d75 and make it executable.

Webcam

It appears that this laptop is sold with different hardware configurations.

The more common hardware (Product name 21CES30F00) ships with Windows pre-loaded and has a MIPI camera. When booted into Microsoft Windows, the webcam is listed as Intel(R) ADL AVStream Camera. This camera requires using a recent kernel (version 6.3 or higher). The IPU6 module is also needed, which is provided by intel-ipu6-dkms-gitAUR. However, making it work requires several steps. This repository has the patched drivers and an installation script for Arch, which may partially work.

Some products sold with Windows 11 Pro (21CD000MUS) or without an operating system (a.k.a. the "DOS" version 21CES1XT00) have regular USB cameras that work out of the box.

Function keys

Key Visible?1 Marked?2 Effect
Fn+Esc No Yes Enables Fn lock
Fn+F1 Yes Yes XF86AudioMute
Fn+F2 Yes Yes XF86AudioLowerVolume
Fn+F3 Yes Yes XF86AudioRaiseVolume
Fn+F4 Yes Yes XF86AudioMicMute
Fn+F5 Yes Yes XF86MonBrightnessDown
Fn+F6 Yes Yes XF86MonBrightnessUp
Fn+F7 Yes Yes XF86Display
Fn+F8 Yes Yes XF86WLAN
Fn+F12 Yes Yes XF86Favorites
Fn+B Yes No Break
Fn+D No No toggle Privacy Guard
Fn+H No No toggle performance mode4
Fn+K Yes No ScrollLock
Fn+L No No toggle low-power mode4
Fn+M No No toggle balanced mode4
Fn+P Yes No Pause
Fn+S Yes No SysRq
Fn+4 Yes3 No XF86Sleep
Fn+Space No Yes toggle keyboard backlight
Fn+Left Arrow Yes No Home
Fn+Right Arrow Yes No End
  1. The key is visible to xev and similar tools
  2. The physical key has a symbol on it, which describes its function
  3. systemd-logind handles this by default
  4. See #Performance modes

Performance modes

Lenovo supports 'platform-profiles', which can either greatly improve performance and throttling, or battery life and thermals. The default mode is "balanced" however users can switch between these modes using keyboard shortcuts.

The currently active mode can be checked with the following command:

# cat /sys/firmware/acpi/platform_profile

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