Meet Lenovo’s New 13 and 15 Inch 4K Yoga Notebooks With NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPUs
Stephan Jukic – March 2, 2017
Lenovo’s new Yoga series of 4K ultra HD laptops has a lot of cool specs going for it. First there’s the foldable hinge design that has become par for the course with many other brands like Apple (with its MacBook Air) and Microsoft (with its Surface Pro 4). This particular design characteristics was a part of the very first Yoga back in 2012 and it’s useful enough to have stuck around. These new 2017 foldable Yoga notebooks now however come with a whole bunch of new features that the 2012 model definitely lacked.
First, among these in both the two new 720-series 13.3 and 15 inch Yogas are their support for Windows Hello fingerprint sensing technology that comes embedded in their palmrests. Beyond this, both laptops come with either 1080p HD or 4K touchscreens, depending on how much you want to spend on them and both laptops come compatible with Window’s Ink-compatible stylus pens. Both the 13.3 and 15 inch Yoga include advanced new Thunderbolt 3 ports for high-speed battery charging and enhanced connectivity bandwidth and they both even feature DisplayPort support, which isn’t always found in many compact notebooks. Other connectivity specs include USB 3.0 connectivity, with one port for the 13.3 incher and two ports in the 15 inch model and HDMI ports are a part of their build as well.
Even more importantly for consumers who go for the 4K version of either Yoga laptop, both come with Intel’s new ultra HD-friendly Kaby Lake CPUs with integrated support for HEVC and other 4K video streaming support specs. The two Yogas also offer the option of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, SSD storage of up to 1 terabyte and the latest in WiFi connectivity along with Bluetooth 4.1 support.
Other features in both Yoga models include backlit, very bright keyboards, Windows 10 Home and overall physical designs that are awesomely slim and very light-weight for easy use of the Yogas on the go as either notebooks or tablets. Specifically, the 13 inch Yoga measures out at a thickness of just half an inch (0.56 to be precise) and a weight of no more than 2.9 lbs and the 15 inch model is a bit more robust at 0.78 inches of thickness and a weight of 4.1 lbs.
The 13 inch Yoga can supposedly manage a battery-powered run time of 7 hours in 1080p resolution and 8 hours with the 4K screen option and the 15 inch models pushes this up to 9 hours with its 72WHr battery in the 1080p version, with 8 hours being possible in the 4K model.
Most interestingly of all, especially for gamers and users who need a little more visual rendering kick, the 15 inch Yoga notebook in particular comes with a more robust quad core Kaby Lake CPU and most importantly of all for 4K video handling, offers a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The GTX 1050 doesn’t output nearly enough power to handle 4K gaming on this Yoga version but it’s superb for normal ultra HD video and will deliver some very solid frame rates for 1080p gaming.
Pricing on the two Yogas starts at $860 for the 13.3 inch model and $1,100 for the 15 inch device but these prices can rise as specs such as 4K display and higher SSD storage capacities are added. Both notebook/tablets launch in April.
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