The continuing success of Microsoft’s range of Surface devices has demonstrated that convertible laptop-tablet hybrid devices have a considerable audience. However, there are several other manufacturers that are just as interested in claiming their own share of this market.
Lenovo’s Yoga series started out in the era of Windows RT, but it’s only really come into its own as Microsoft’s stance on mobile and desktop operating systems has changed. With Windows 10 offering the same experience across different types of devices, there’s potential for the upcoming Yoga 900 to be the best incarnation yet.
Now, we’re starting to hear more about the improvements being made for the next generation of Yoga devices. Battery life seems to be a top priority, with a 66 Whr battery replacing the 44.8 Whr component used in older models.
This new battery is being used to offset the increased power consumption of the new processors being used, according to reporting from Liliputing. Depending on which variant of the Yoga 900 you opt for, it will feature either a Core i5-6200U or a Core i7-6500U.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the Yoga 3 noted in our review of the device was its weight, which served to undermine its convenience and portability. This seems to have been amended in the Yoga 900, which weighs 2.8 pounds compared to the 3.5 pound heft of its predecessor.
The Yoga 900 also boasts a 3,200 x 1,800 IPS display, a USB Type-C port, and support for up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. With the Yoga line showing some signs of wear and tear compared to newer, fresher competition, it’s crucial that the 900 series can reposition Lenovo as a leader in the 2-in-1 marketplace.
The Yoga 900 is anticipated to launch in Europe at the end of October, with prices starting at €1,299 (~$1,450). No details on an American release date or pricing have been made available at this time.