Lenovo today pulled the wraps off its latest Yoga Tab 3 Pro and Yoga 900 Convertible in India. Initially, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro was unveiled at the IFA trade show last year, while the Yoga 900 Convertible is the successor of Yoga 900.
The Yoga 900 is Lenovo's top-of-the-line device offering a high-resolution touchscreen, powerful 6th generation Core i7 processor, a faster SSD storage and a large battery, among others, all tucked inside a thin and light body.
On a first glance, the Yoga 900 is one of the best convertibles you can get these days. We spent some time with the Yoga 900 today and here is our first impressions.
Design And Built
On the very first look, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is a close replica of Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, which was launched last year, with similar design lines and the same watchband hings holding the screen and the lower body together. However, once you start using the Yoga 900, you will notice there are quite a few things setting this notebook apart from the Yoga 3 Pro.
When it comes to built quality, the Yoga 900 is well built and feels comfortable to hold in your hands. The exterior is metallic and available in three different colors: Clementine Orange, Champagne Gold, and Platinum Silver.
The watchband keeps the screen sturdily in place and allows for smooth transition between the four different modes you can use Yoga 900 in: Notebook, Stand, Tent and Tablet. Lenovo says it has been redesigned from the older model. The hinge is composed of 813 individual components for fluid transitions between modes, but with minimal gaps between moving parts, for consistent tension. Auto Lock hinge technology allows you to easily open and close the laptop, even with one hand.
On the right side, there is the DC-IN port that also acts as a USB 2.0 slot, a USB 3.0 slot, the card-reader and USB Type-C port. While, on the other side it has the headphone/microphone jack, a Screen Lock, the OneKey Recovery and the Power buttons.
Starting at a mere 1.29 kg and just 14.9 mm thick, the Yoga 900 is ultraportable and the company claims it is the world's thinnest Intel Core i convertible. Overall, the Yoga 900 is not a majorly redesigned notebook, but Lenovo sure tweaked a few aspects of the newer model, considering the exterior design, internal layout and I/O on the sides.
Screen, Keyboard And Trackpad
The Yoga 900 sports a 13.3-inch IPS Multi-Touch Glossy type White LED panel display with a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. With IPS LCD displays with high brightness. IPS technology allows for vivid colors and nearly 180-degree viewing angles. The QHD+ display looks great from any angle.
The keyboard sits higher on the frame, which makes larger room for palm-rest. The keys have been slightly revamped from the Yoga 3 Pro, as the two-tone design has been replaced with a simpler solid-black.
The keyboard types well, but for the first time use, we felt its flat and mushy. Well, moving on to the trackpad, it is a Synaptics Surface with a size of 90x60 mm, but is not certified as a Windows Precision Touchpad.
Hardware And Operating System
The Yoga 900 is bundled with 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 8G LPDDRIII1600 RAM onboard. The family with built-in security is ready to take your productivity, creativity, and 3D gaming to the next level.
The faster CPUs help with boot-up times, loading times and especially with everyday multitasking and some demanding chores. Further, the laptop is shipped with Windows 10 Home, Integrated Graphics, 512G NGFF SSD for storage and 720P HD camera. We found the device fast while using it for a limited time period, we will provide the full performance report in our full review.
The Lenovo Yoga 900 bundles a 66 Wh battery, larger than any of the other premium 13-inchers have to offer these days. According to the company, the Yoga 900 lets you go all day without recharging thanks to a battery that delivers up to 9 hours local video playback.
Price And Availability
The Lenovo Yoga 900 is available in Croma stores, selected Lenovo Exclusive Stores and official Lenovo online store for Rs. 1,22,090.
Lenovo has done a great job with this Yoga 900 and majorly improved their previous Yoga 3 Pro. In fact, it is a proper alternative to the HP Spectre x360, a device that reigned unchallenged in the premium 13-inch convertibles segment. In comparison, the Yoga 900 is thinner, lighter and packs a larger 66 Wh battery, compared to the 55 Wh one of the HP. However, we will provide our full verdict of this notebook in our full review, stay tuned.