Lenovo Refreshes the Yoga Lineup With Ryzen and Next-Gen Intel Core Processorsby Brett Howse on August 18, 2020 9:01 AM EST
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There are several iconic designs in the PC space that have spawned many competing clones, and Lenovo is the proud parent of one such design in the Lenovo Yoga. The 360° hinge and touch support proved to be one of the most useful convertible designs around, with an uncompromised laptop feel, but added versatility of tent, tablet, and stand modes. Today Lenovo is announcing a refresh of their consumer range of Yoga convertible laptops, with not only new internals, but also a new naming scheme.
Lenovo hasn’t released a full specification list for all of the models yet, but there will be both Intel and AMD models available. The AMD models will be based on the 4000-series Renoir platform, and since Intel has not formally announced their new Tiger Lake range of chips, the Intel models are only listed as “next-generation” Intel Core, but with Xe graphics and Thunderbolt 4 support, there is little doubt these will be based on Tiger Lake.
Lenovo Yoga 7i
The Lenovo Yoga 7i will be available in both 14 and 15-inch models with a 1920x1080 display with Dolby Vision, with the larger 15-inch model also offering VESA DisplayHDR 400. Lenovo has also managed to shrink the bezels by 20% compared to the outgoing Yoga C740, and there will be two color choices this year, with the traditional Slate Gray as well as a Dark Moss finish. Both units offer a color-matched backlit keyboard, with the larger 15-inch version also squeezing in a number pad.
The 7i features Intel processing, with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. There are two Thunderbolt 4 ports as well for high-speed expansion. Despite the bezels shrinking, Lenovo has managed to increase the battery capacity to 71 Wh, which gives a rated battery life of 13 hours on the 15.6-inch model, and 16 hours on the 14-inch laptop. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 round out the connectivity.
For sign-in Lenovo offers a fingerprint reader, and to get to the sign-in quicker, there’s now an instant-boot when the laptop lid is opened. For those that need a stylus, Lenovo supports an active pen as well.
Despite all of the tech, the new Yoga 7i starts at only $849.99, with the larger model starting at $799. Availability is expected in November.
Lenovo Yoga 6
Lenovo’s much-anticipated AMD powered Yoga is the Yoga 6, which can be outfitted with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 1 TB of SSD storage and Wi-Fi 6. The 13.3-inch laptop weighs in at just 2.9 lbs and offers a 300-nit 1920x1080 display. With the included 60-Wh battery, Lenovo rates the Yoga 6 at a very impressive 18 hours of battery life.
The design of the Yoga 6 is very interesting though, with an “Abyss Blue” color and a very sharp looking fabric lid. It’s a great looking notebook that easily stands out from the crowd.
Lenovo also includes a fingerprint reader, webcam shutter, and the Yoga 6 can also be used with a digital pen.
The Lenovo Yoga 6 will be available starting in October, starting at $699.99.
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Chaitanya - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkMissing SD slots otherwise look quite decent.
surt - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkI know there's a certain race to the bottom element with pricing, but i'm kind of surprised there is still a market for sub-32g memory devices. For practically any application you wouldn't do on your phone or TV, 32g is a must.
Zertzable - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - link32GB is totally unnecessary in most typical workloads.
nandnandnand - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkNot necessary at all. You can do fine with 8 GB or even 4 GB depending on the OS and what you're doing.
What I would like to see is more user-upgradeable memory, so you can buy a 4 GB laptop and just replace it with 32 GB or 64 GB yourself. But soldered memory is nearly ubiquitous now.
fazalmajid - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkYes. I am waiting for MSI Modern 14 B4M which can go up to 64GB. Most likely it will have a substandard keyboard, unfortunately, if not as abysmal as a MacBook.
lmcd - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkPlease don't buy MSI "thin" laptops. They're woefully unable to cool the expensive parts contained within.
Spunjji - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - linkWhat a bizarre comment. The vast majority of users don't even need 16GB.
nonoverclock - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - linkI'd say: 8 GB should be the minimum for basic users. 16 GB for mid-range gamers/moderate users. 32+ GB for power users (VM's, heavier photo/video editing, large compilation projects.)
alufan - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - linkOnce again we see the AMD machine gimped with substandard specs for me AMD should demand equality of standards or nothing the chips are good enough anyway for demand to be there, then again when you have currys pcworld advertising constantly about its subpar Intel laptops but nothing for AMDs hmm dirty tricks still in use
Spunjji - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - linkIntel will be explicitly giving kickbacks to resellers like Currys / PCWorld for shifting certain quantities of devices with their chips in. They usually tend to "sponsor" placement of products in the store, too.
As far as I'm aware none of that stuff is illegal, it's just shitty, because it's anti-competitive and the cost of all these shenanigans is passed to the consumer - both directly through the products they buy that have the marketing costs baked in, and indirectly through the stifling of competition.