Lenovo Yoga 9i: Yoga C940 follow-up gets leather A-cover, special glass-palmrest & Tiger-Lake
Lenovo's Yoga convertible line has been through many incarnations now - from early models like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and the Yoga 3 Pro with the unique watchband hinge to last years Lenovo Yoga C940, this line has always been an innovation showcase for Lenovo.
The same is true for the new high-end Yoga convertible, though this year, Lenovo is changing the naming: The Lenovo Yoga 9i is replacing Yoga C940 line. Like its predecessor, it is going to be available both as a 14 inch and a 15.6 inch model.
As the name "Lenovo Yoga 9i" already suggests, the 9i is an Intel exclusive model. The 14 inch model will feature Intel Tiger Lake, while the more performance oriented 15.6 inch variation adopts Comet Lake H.
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14: Leather and glass palmrest for a luxurious touch
While Lenovo keeps the basic design theme of the older Lenovo Yoga C940, like the rotating speaker bar or integrated pen, it is introducing new options.
The optional black color is bundled with a leather top-cover and a glass edge-to-edge palmrest. Alongside the glass-palmrest comes the Lenovo Smart Sensor touchpad, which emulates physical clicks, like Apple's Force TrackPad. Also part of the deal: An ultrasonic fingerprint reader, which is supposed to work even with dirty or wet fingers. While those are expensive options, the new electrical camera shutter button is standard. The same goes for the keyboard, which features improved switches according to Lenovo.
Though Lenovo avoids outright saying it, the 14 inch model is of course powered by the new Intel Tiger Lake CPUs. There are some not so high-end specs though: The Yoga 9i 14 inch is limited to 16 GB and it still uses 16:9 aspect ratio panels - unlike the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro.
Lenovo Yoga 9i 15: Still performance-oriented
The 15 inch model has a completely different focus: Not mobility, but performance.
That is why it uses Intel Comet-Lake-H CPUs with a TDP of 45 W instead of lower-powered chips. Additionally, Lenovo is upgrading the GPU compared with the Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH. The Yoga 9i 15IMH features the Nvidia GeForce 1650 Ti instead of the non-Ti-variant.
Unlike with the smaller model, Lenovo does not offer the leather top or glas-palmrest here. Only the electrical camera shutter button and the new keyboard are carried over to the larger model.
Pricing and availability: Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 & 15
The bigger Lenovo convertible will be available sooner, but more expensive: The Lenovo Yoga 9i 15 will be on the market in October for €2,199. It is only going to be available in grey, while the smaller Lenovo notebook Yoga 9i 14 can be bought in silver or black. Potential buyers of this model have to wait until November and pay at least €1,799.