Lenovo continues to prepare its big arsenal of machines for the IFA 2018 show coming next week. Before that one arrives, we learn that one of their devices has leaked online, via Lenovo itself. Meet the Lenovo Yoga C930 laptop.
As expected, Lenovo is going to update its Yoga 900 line of premium notebooks soon enough. Someone from the company decided to post a spec sheet for the Lenovo Yoga C930 ahead of time, even before the company announced anything. The newcomer sounds a lot like the Yoga 920 from last year, when it comes to the specs. The design has been revamped though. We’re expecting a lower price and a beefier body, as well as a less impressive battery life.
On board we find a 13.9 inch Full HD or 4K display that plays nicely with a stylus. Lenovo Yoga C930 has a watchband style hinge and a rotating screen that goes all the way around. It’s also 0.57 inches thick in lieu of the 0.5 inches of the last year model. The battery life estimation has also dropped from 15.5 hours to 12 hours for models with Full HD screens and from 10.8 hours to 10 hours for models with a 3840 x 2160 pixel display.
CPU choices include an Intel Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U, plus there’s 8 GB, 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM (DDR4). Storage goes up to 2 TB and starts at 256 GB. On the connectivity front we’ve got two Thunderbolt 3/USB type-C ports, one USB 3.1 port and Bluetooth 4.1, as well as WiFi ac. A rotating soundbar with Dolby Atmos also sounds pretty badass. More will be revealed come IFA 2018.
Samsung launched a new Chromebook, a convertible tablet that weighs about 2.9 pounds, which is quite big for a slate, but OK for a laptop. You can call the Chromebook Plus V2 a laptop actually and you wouldn’t be too wrong. The device has a 12.2 inch Full HD touchscreen and we detailed it below.
Inside the device there’s a 6 watt Intel Celeron 3965Y Kaby Lake-Y processor and this is an update to the Chromebook Plus, that already exists and it’s made by Samsung too. The product will be available on Best Buy from June 24th, priced at $500. The 12.2 inch screen offers a Full HD resolution, touch input and digital pen input, plus a 39 Wh battery.
4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus there are plenty of ports here: USB Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A and microSD. It also has stereo speakers, a 1 MP front camera and 13 MP back camera, which is strangely placed above the keyboard, basically the back of the device when it’s folded for use in tablet mode. The product has an aluminum and plastic combo of materials and it measures 0.7 inches in thickness.
The device has a 360 degree hinge and somehow it doesn’t feel like an upgrade from the device from 2017. It has a lower resolution screen, a beefier design and pretty similar specs otherwise. Another plus is the full size USB port, which the last year unit didn’t have.
The Lenovo Yoga Book was probably the most “ahead of its time” tablets I’ve played with and it’s no wonder Lenovo is working on a successor. Actually, that successor should have been out by now, so the OG may have just been an experiment. However, a certain “Lenovo Yoga Book 2 Pro” has appeared online, getting certified by Bluetooth SIG apparently.
Launched back in 2016, the first Lenovo Yoga Book felt and looked like a laptop, a convertible rather, but had the unique attribute of offering a touch keyboard. It was also very slim and light, extremely elegant and its hinge mechanism was a joy to look at. It also relied on the “Create Pad” concept, basically offering a Wacom-style drawing and input area.
It was available with your choice of Windows or Android and the prices weren’t bad, starting at $499. In 2017 we saw a cheaper version of it and now it’s time for a Pro model, it seems. Sadly, the Yoga Book was like a smart movie, loved by critics (reviews), but not loved by the public. The new listing on the Bluetooth SIG website refers to a Lenovo Precision Pen, that’s meant to work with a yet unannounced device, dubbed Lenovo YogaBook 2 Pro.
It’s hard to envision upgrades here, aside from the obvious RAM, storage and CPU. It’s clear that we can’t get an Intel Atom anymore and maybe there’s room for a Snapdragon this time around. Seeing how even Apple is rumored to be working on a touch keyboard laptop and ASUS too, there’s still a market for a new Yoga Book.
This one comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and is the unboxing and initial impressions. I have watched one other video on this device and it seems to have 1 minor flaw and that is battery life (but let us wait for confirmation).
However, it has a great display, touch screen panel and the usual Dell quality. It is plenty powerful enough for your daily workload and has a lot of ports!
No it is not inexpensive, but it certainly isn’t overpriced as some other notebooks, with far fewer ports.
Dell unveiled this week two new laptops that are part of its Inspiron lineup, only they’re a bit different from the average Inspiron. How? Well, they come with AMD Ryzen Mobile processors. More details are available below.
AMD debuted its lineup of Ryzen Mobile chips last year, proposing an alternative to the Intel Kaby Lake Refresh chipsets. The new Dell Inspiron models start at $700 and they include the Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 convertible and the Inspiron 15 5000. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is a 19.2 mm thick laptop, that’s made of brushed aluminum and it weighs up to 1.75 kilograms, depending on the chosen config.
You can choose a Ryzen 5 2500U processor or the Ryzen 7 2700U chip, plus between 8 GB and 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. The notebook has a 13.3 inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display of the touchscreen variety, plus an IR camera with Windows Hello and all the connectivity you need: USB Type-C 3.1, USB Type-A, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4 and SD card slot. A 42 Whr battery rounds up the list.
The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 uses a Ryzen 3 2200U, Ryzen 5 2500U or Ryzen 7 2700U processor, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of HDD. The screen is a touch one, with Full HD resolution and a 42 Whr battery is here too. Connectivity is the same as above and the price should be $630 and up.