Lenovo Yoga 920 Hands-On Preview

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Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo has invested more effort into constructing the latest Yoga than a simple upgrade to the eighth generation of Intel’s quad-core Core i7 processor (Kaby Lake). To be precise, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is slimmer than the Yoga 910 (even though it weighs almost the same) and it features a full metal chassis. It is equipped with a single USB 3.0 port and two USB Type-C connectors that support Thunderbolt 3. In addition to the 720p HD webcam the new Yoga also includes Far Field microphones to allow you to summon Cortana even if you’re standing 4 meters away.

We are glad to see that Lenovo appears to be responding to user criticism when it came to the previous model. For instance, the camera was moved to a more logical place above the display (it was awkwardly located under the display last time around). The notebook’s edges are no longer rounded, which means handling it feels more stable and secure in your hands. Interestingly enough, the new Yoga 920 comes with a smaller battery than the Yoga 910 (70 Whr compared to 79 Whr), but Lenovo representatives claim the 920 offers 11 hours of battery life compared to 10 hours in the previous model. Clearly, Kaby Lake has some advantages in terms of power consumption.

The 13.9-inch display almost has no bezel on the left, right and upper side, while there is a rather thick bezel under the screen. Lenovo offers two display options: a 13.9-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS touchscreen, or a FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS touchscreen. What is more, when it comes to its design, the Yoga 920 is an exceptionally contemporary and modern laptop, available with either silver or bronze exterior as well as a limited edition Star Wars version.

The display on the new Yoga detects up to 4096 pressure levels, which is also an upgrade compared to the previous model and matches the latest Surface Pro, as well as the new Acer Switch 7 Black Edition, also revealed at IFA 2017. The imaging is impressive with sustainable contrast and a wide viewing angle.

There is one Thunderbolt 3 port on each side of the laptop and it is possible to choose a side for recharging the battery – just like on MacBook Pro. A standard USB 3.0 port is also included, but a USB-C dock needs to be purchased separately if you need other legacy ports like Ethernet, VGA or even HDMI.

Intel graphics and Kaby Lake work together to provide very fluid performances with 4K resolution and users have two options when it comes to system memory: 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and SSDs with capacities of 256 GB or 512 GB. Apart from the previously mentioned Far Field microphone, Lenovo Yoga 920 also comes with impressive JBL-branded speakers and a Dolby Atmos headphones jack, to deliver audio that suits the most demanding of users.

At the end of the day, it is – just like the laptop itself – an upgrade compared to the previous model. The base configuration of the Yoga 920 will cost $1,329 in America and approximately €1500 in Europe. The reason for the relatively expensive price tag is the use of the latest hardware platform which is still at the top of its price cycle, which is absolutely expected for a flagship computer. Be sure to check back soon for a full review of the Lenovo Yoga 920 as soon as we can get our hands on a full production model.

 


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