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