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IFA 2018 | The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is the first Snapdragon 850 notebook

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC. (Source: Lenovo)
The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC. (Source: Lenovo)
At its TechLife event at IFA 2018, Lenovo unveiled the world's first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850-powered 2-in-1 — the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS. The Yoga C630 has an integrated Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and promises a 30% performance increase compared to the previous generation while still claiming to offer battery life north of 25 hours.

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 SoC, which is essentially a tweaked Snapdragon 845, at Computex 2018 and promised 30% more performance, 20% faster Gigabit LTE, and 20% more battery life than the Snapdragon 835. At IFA 2018, Lenovo announced the Yoga C630 WOS (Windows on Snapdragon) 2-in-1 convertible becoming the first OEM to incorporate the Snapdragon 850. The Yoga C630 WOS brings with it the promise of true all-day battery life and better performance than the Lenovo Miix 630 that was announced at CES 2018. 

We first started seeing reports of Lenovo developing a Snapdragon 850 notebook a few months ago under the codename 'ELZE1' or 'Europa'. While the Miix 630 was a detachable tablet, the new Yoga C630 WOS adopts a more traditional 2-in-1 convertible form factor in typical Yoga style. The Yoga C630 WOS is pretty light at just 1.2 kg and sports a 13.3-inch FHD IPS touchscreen that supports inking (a Lenovo Pen is sold separately). A choice of 4 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM, and 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 2.1 storage is offered. The keyboard is standard Lenovo fare and is backlit. The keyboard deck also houses the upward firing speakers on either side, which helps while watching movies or playing music. 

Port selection includes 2x USB Type-C ports and a combo audio jack. The included SIM tray can take a physical SIM or can be configured with an eSIM if the carrier supports it. A fingerprint reader helps provide biometric authentication via Windows Hello. The main USP of WOS laptops is their long battery life and Lenovo claims 25 hours+ of juice on a single charge of the 61 Wh battery. Of course, this is determined by a video loop test and is not a real world representation but is still way higher than most laptops powered by x86 ULV CPUs.

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS starts at €999 (including VAT) or from US$850 in the US and is expected to be available starting November 2018. 

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The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is a 2-in-1 convertible unlike the Miix 630. (Source: Lenovo)
The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS is a 2-in-1 convertible unlike the Miix 630. (Source: Lenovo)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-09- 1 (Update: 2018-09- 1)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.