Lenovo Launches Upgraded Yoga Laptops With New Processors, Improved Alexa Integration

Posted on September 5, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 3 Comments

Lenovo is launching four new Yoga laptops at IFA today. The company’s new Yoga laptops include a number of new software-related features aimed to improve productivity on the Yoga devices. Some of the new devices are built-in partnership with Intel as part of its Project Athena program, which Intel positions as a “new era” for laptop innovation.

On Lenovo’s laptops, these new innovations include features like Super Resolution to upscale FHD 1080p up to look better on 4K, Lenovo Q-Control to help a laptop’s battery last longer using an AI-enhanced cooling mode, and Modern Standby that allows the devices to perform background tasks while sleeping and wake up instantly, almost like a phone, according to Lenovo.

Lenovo is also introducing improved Alexa integration on the new Yoga laptops, with the ability to use Alexa on the lock-screen, updated experience for controlling smart home devices, and support for talking to Alexa in English and German on the fly.

In terms of specs, here’s what’s new on the Lenovo Yoga line.

Yoga C490

Lenovo’s 14-inch Yoga C490 now comes with Lenovo’s new Q-Control feature that optimizes your device’s performance based on your usage habits and offers up to 17.5 hours of battery life on the FHD model. There’s also a 4K model where you can dynamically upscale 1080p video to look better on the 4K screen. It also features a rotating soundbar with Dolby Atmos Speaker support integrated into the hinge. You can get up to the 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor, Intel UHD 960 graphics, and up to 16GB RAM. There’s also a 15-inch model that comes with Intel’s 9th gen Core i9 processor, and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics from NVIDIA. The 14-inch model starts at $1249.99, the 15-inch starts at $1709.99. Available next month.

Yoga C740

Comes in a 14-inch and a 15-inch model, powered by up to Intel’s 10th gen Core i7 processors. Offers 13 hours of battery on the 14-inch model, and 15 hours on the 15-inch. The 15-inch model comes with up to an FHD VESA400 HDR touchscreen display at 500 nits with Dolby Vision, while the 14-inch features a touchscreen FHD display. Alexa is integrated into the device, so you can ask Alexa questions even when the device is locked. The 14-inch model starts at $869.99, while the 15-inch model starts at $899.99, available in October.

Yoga C640

Almost the same as the C740, but it’s Lenovo’s most compact 2-in-1 laptop for consumers. Powered by Intel’s 10th gen Core i7 processors, with optional 4G LTE support built-in, and a 13-inch FHD display, but no Dolby Vision support. It also comes with double the RAM (up to 16GB) and storage (up to 512GB PCIe SSD) than before. More notably, this device comes with Cortana instead of Alexa. Starts at $849.99, available in October.

Yoga S740

And lastly, there’s the powerful 15-inch S740. Coming with a 15-inch FHD HDR display with Dolby Vision support, the device features Intel’s 9th gen Core i9 processor with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. The device features an all-metal design, and there’s also a 14-inch variant. As usual, it comes with a Dolby Atmos Speaker System. Starts at $1449.99, available in October. This is the most premium and powerful of all the new devices announced today, by the way.

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