Some would argue that when it comes to Lenovo’s Yoga ultrabook line, the company has had some ups and downs in maintaining the thinnest designs without sacrificing the perfect hardware (if you don’t believe me, you’ll have to read about some of the not-so-loved changes made to the Yoga Pro 3 flagship). It looks like Lenovo decided to redeem itself in the brand new Yoga 900 series, which had some parts moved around here and there to keep out the bulk.
This latest iteration, the Yoga 900, obviously wasn’t named the Yoga Pro 4 as we imagined. Lenovo’s intention was to update on a bigger scale, and particularly improve on performance, hinge, and battery life. The Lenovo Yoga 900 weighs just 2.6 lbs, and has a 13.3-inch QHD+ display featuring 3200 x 1800 pixels. It features top of the line processing and graphics power from Intel, namely a Core i7-6500U Skylake chip, and an HD 520 GPU. The Yoga 900 comes standard with 8GB of DDR3L RAM (up to 16GB), and either a 256GB or 512GB solid-state drive from Samsung.
With the added power comes a little bit extra bulk. The Yoga 900 weighs .2 pounds heavier and measures 1.5mm bigger than its predecessor. That really isn’t much, so no need to panic. Considering you can compare the Yoga Pro 3 and the Yoga 900 side-by-side and not see a distinguishing difference, you’re gonna be okay. Battery life has also been upgraded to a 66Wh piece, allowing up to 8 hours of relatively high-demand use (also sporting a 50% increase in battery density). Lenovo says with all of these features, plus the added weight, this device still turns out to be the “thinnest Skylake convertible laptop out there” (Gizmodo).
As mentioned, some work has been done on the machine hinge, which, if you’ve seen the photos, bares a watchband style to it (something that you’ll either love or hate). Compared to the last Yoga model, Lenovo put some work into the hinge’s durability. This time around, the fold won’t give out if you’re pressing on the touchscreen in laptop mode, so that’s nice.
Yes, it is technically considered a convertible, but due to the heftier design, you may find yourself enjoying it on your lap a little more than in tablet mode. Sure, Lenovo’s not the only computer company to bust out Intel’s 6th generation processors, but in doing so, the Yoga 900 gets to emphasize on both performance and battery life (An And Tech). It hit all the marks in improving upon what we didn’t like about the Yoga Pro 3 series. Starting at $1,200, the Lenovo Yoga 900 (the 8GB, 256SSD version) comes in either champagne gold or platinum silver, and is available now.
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