When writing on laptops, "spec bump " is often a code for "boring ". But here's a spec bump that really excites me. Here it is: Lenovo renamed its Yoga C740 and Yoga C640 to Yoga 7i and Yoga 6, respectively.
The 7i includedra the "latest processors from Intel - presumably the next generation" Tiger Lake. AMD's Ryzen 4000 line has given Intel a chance to make its money this year, so it will be interesting to see if the new chips can bounce back. Intel claims to offer significantly better speeds while consuming less power than previous generations, thanks to its new 10nm SuperFin design. The chips also include Intel's new integrated Xe graphics card, which the company has shown to perform smoothly on modern AAA titles.
Like its predecessor, the new 7i appears to be a convertible competitor to MacBook Air targeting mid-range consumers (this is a level under of the company's flagship product, the Yoga C940). It is available in 14 and 15 inch configurations and includes front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers, Amazon Alexa integration, a webcam with a shutterIntegrated privacy device and two ports supporting Intel's new Thunderbolt 4 standard.
Lenovo claims that you will get 13 hours of battery life on the 15-inch model and 16 hours on the 14-inch model. It also promises a very fast boot time - according to the company, you will see the 7i operational "the moment you open the lid ".
The Lenovo Yoga 6. Image: Lenovo
The 13.3 inch Yoga 6 will feature AMD Ryzen processors up to the Ryzen 7 4700U. We can vouch for these chips; they power the HP Envy x360 2020, which relatively flies and can handle games as well as expected from a system with a low-powered discrete GPU.
This yoga might be more appealing to budget-conscious buyers. Its predecessor was widely marketed as a sturdy laptop for students. It has an interesting design, however, with a nice blue fabric covering the lid. Lenovo claims that this is the first laptop designed with a hybrid of llic and "soft-to-skin" materials. touch.
The societe also claims 18 hours of battery life, a 300 nits screen and a compact 2.9 pound chassis. This one also comes with Alexa.
The Yoga 6 will hit shelves in October, and it will start at $ 699. The 7i will be available in November starting at $ 799.
Lenovo has also announced a few Yoga Slim 7 models, including the Yoga Slim 7i, Yoga Slim 7i Pro and Yoga Slim 7 Pro. These don't come to North America, but European residents can buy the 7 Pro in August and the 7i in October. The 7i starts at € 999, the 7i pro starts at € 899 and the 7 Pro starts at € 799.