Earlier this week at IFA 2017, Lenovo’s latest high-end Yoga convertible became a reality. The Yoga 920 improves on the 910 in design, while also incorporating some internal upgrades. The 920’s design looks nearly identical to that of the 910, but it now measures 13.9mm thick and weighs 3.02 pounds. That makes it ever so slightly lighter and thinner than the 910, but otherwise it has a lot of the same external features: a 13.9-inch 4K IPS touchscreen that’s compatible with the optional Active Pen, that signature Lenovo watchband hinge that allows it to lie flat when opened at a 180-degree angle, and a Windows Hello-ready fingerprint sensor.
Two issues I had with the Yoga 910 were the lack of Thunderbolt 3 ports and the extra-large chin bezel under the display. Lenovo appears to have fixed one of those two problems: the 920 has two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support data transfer and charging, which is a great upgrade from the single USB Type-C port on the 910. The 920’s bottom bezel is still its largest, but its webcam has been moved to the tiny top bezel. We prefer this placement for video chatting since you won’t get those unattractive up-the-nose shots like you would with a bottom-placed webcam. The only time this placement won’t come in handy is when the display is turned upside-down while in tent mode.
In addition to being compatible with the Explorer headset, the Yoga 920 will have Intel’s 8th-generation quad-core CPUs (otherwise known as Kaby Lake Refresh), integrated Intel HD graphics, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB PCIe SSD storage, a 70Whr battery that can last nearly 11 hours on the 4K model (or 15.5 hours on the FHD model), and far-field mics to improve speech recognition. Lenovo highlighted that Cortana on this Windows convertible will be able to detect commands from up to four meters away. Lenovo is really pushing the importance of voice as a control on any device—it has become an important AI feature on smartphones already, so it will likely become more important on PCs in the future.
According to Lenovo, the Yoga 920 will also use Cortana to offer contextual reminders as it learns your habits and where you are throughout the day. Presumably if you enable location services, Cortana will be able to remind you to pick up groceries if you’re working at a coffee shop near one of your frequently visited stores. While you may be less likely to use a voice assistant on a laptop, having that assistant offer suggestions based on the time of day, where you are, and other contextual clues may encourage you to use it more.
The new Yoga 920 is accompanied by a new Yoga 720: the new 12-inch convertible will have an FHD IPS touchscreen, 7th-generation Intel processors, Intel integrated graphics, up to 8GB DDR4 RAM, up to 512GB SATA SSD storage, a 36Whr battery that can last up to eight hours on a single charge, and a Windows Hello fingerprint reader.
Lenovo’s Miix detachable family has a new member as well: the Miix 520 detachable is a tablet/keyboard bundle with a slew of optional, functional features. You can opt to get the 520 with LTE service, with the Active Pen 2, and with Lenovo’s WorldView camera that can take photos and let you edit them in 3D with the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Like the Yoga 920, the Miix 520 has the same mic system that’s built to hear Cortana commands from far away. It’ll also have an FHD IPS touchscreen, 8th-generation Intel CPUs, integrated HD graphics, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD storage, and a 39Whr battery for 7.5 hours of battery life.
The Miix 520 will start at $999. The Yoga 720 will start at $649, while the Yoga 920 will start at $1,329. Lenovo’s Home Assistant Pack costs $69, and the Explorer mixed-reality headset will cost $349 alone or $449 when bundled with two motion controllers. All of Lenovo’s new products will be available starting in October.
This post originated on Ars Technica UK
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