Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i: Clamshell consumer flagship has a bigger battery and three Thunderbolt 4 ports
Lenovo's consumer laptop lineup only knows one true flagship series: The models that were last years part of the 900 series, like the Yoga C940 or the Yoga S940. This year, Lenovo changes the naming scheme: While the convertible is being replaced by the Lenovo Yoga 9i, the Yoga S940 is succeeded by the new Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i.
Leather cover & glas touchpad are standard on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i
While the convertible model will feature the leather cover, the glass edge-to-edge palmrest and all the features that come with that (like the Ultrasonic fingerprint-sensor or the Smart sense touchpad) only optionally, the new Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i has those features standard. Not standard however is the 3D glass cover screen with rounded edges: It is bundled with the 4K screen option.
Speaking of screens: Unlike the the midrange Lenovo Yoga Slim 7, the Yoga Slim 9i sticks to the wider 16:9 aspect ratio. Despite this, the bezels are fairly minimal, even beneath the screen. Above the LCD is a reverse-notch, where the Infrared camera and the light sensor are located.
The light sensor is present, because the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i can automatically regulate the keyboard backlight, based on the brightness of the environment. The keyboard also uses newly redesigned key-switches. According to Lenovo, the typing feel should be softer and springier.
Co-developed by Intel: Yoga Slim 9i is Tiger Lake exclusive
The "i" in the name is already a hint: The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i will only be available with Intel CPUs. In this case, this at least means Tiger Lake, which the spec-sheet simply calls "Next gen Intel CPUs". These new CPUs are paired with up to 16 GB LPDDR4X memory - 32 GB options certainly would be fitting for a 2020 flagship.
On a more positive note, Lenovo managed to increase the battery capacity from 52 to 63.5 Wh, while keeping a thin & light profile (13.9 mm thickness, 1.2 kg). As far as the ports go, Lenovo keeps the three USB C ports around, but upgrades all three of them to Thunderbolt 4. With the Yoga S940, the USB C port on the right did not support Thunderbolt at all.
Pricing & availability: Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i
The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i will reach the market in November, with a starting price of €1,799.