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IFA 2017 | Lenovo launches redesigned Yoga 920 with Kaby Lake-R

Lenovo launches redesigned Yoga 920 with Kaby Lake-R options
Lenovo launches redesigned Yoga 920 with Kaby Lake-R options
The new Yoga is ever-so-slightly thinner with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a re-positioned webcam back to where it belongs.

The flagship Lenovo Yoga 910 has been overhauled just in time for its debut at IFA 2017. Unlike the upcoming 12.5-inch Yoga 720 with standard ULV Kaby Lake, the Yoga 920 will feature Intel's 8th generation Kaby Lake-R alongside a brand new design as predicted by earlier rumors.

Core specifications include:

  • Intel 8th generation Core i5/i7 CPU
  • 13.9-inch FHD or 4K UHD IPS touchscreen
  • 8 GB to 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256 GB to 1 TB PCIe SSD
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 3
  • 323 x 223.5 x 13.95 mm
  • 1.37 kg

When compared to the outgoing Yoga 910, the Yoga 920 is exactly 1 mm thinner while weighing essentially the same (1.37 kg vs. 1.38 kg). The new all-aluminum chassis is stronger around the front edges and corners where most notebooks are typically prone to warping and bending. Gone are the days of carbon fiber surfaces as Lenovo now prefers the smooth metal finish popularized by Apple.

From what we can tell with our short preview time, the keyboard center is rigid and we can feel no major changes to the signature wristband hinge. The 720p camera has also been moved to the top edge of the display instead of the disadvantageous bottom edge. It's still unfortunate that the AccuType keyboard remains exclusive to the ThinkPad lineup as the Yoga 920 keyboard is definitely spongier and with a shallower 1.3 mm travel.

Lastly, Lenovo is finally incorporating Thunderbolt 3 onto its Yoga 900 lineup. Both USB Type-C ports have been transformed into Thunderbolt 3 to join the Spectre 13 as one of the few Windows laptops with multiple Thunderbolt 3 options. Unlike HP, however, at least Lenovo is preserving the widely-used USB Type-A port.

The Yoga 920 is launching this October for a high starting price of $1330 USD in Bronze and Silver color options.



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Allen Ngo, 2017-08-31 (Update: 2017-08-31)