Lenovo’s Yoga line has been consistently at the forefront of attempting to define exactly what a combination clamshell laptop ‘that’s also a sort of tablet’ should be. Over the years we’ve reviewed several models, including the Yoga 2 Pro and the Yoga 3 Pro. The latter was the first Broadwell-Y device, taking a high frequency 4.5-watt Intel processor into a 13.3-inch QHD+ high-end device weighing only 2.6 lbs and with an interesting hinge that seemed to be a feat of mechanical engineering. The new Lenovo Yoga 900 released this week is in many ways the update to the Yoga 3 Pro but with full-fat 15W Skylake laptop processors and is advertised as the world's thinnest 'Core i' laptop with Skylake.

Lenovo Yoga 900

Lenovo Yoga Specifications
  Yoga 2 Pro Yoga 3 Pro Yoga 900
Processor Intel Core i3-4010U (15W)
Intel Core i5-4200U (15W)
Intel Core i7-4500U (15W)
Intel Core M-5Y71 (4.5W) Intel Core i7-6500U (15W)
Memory 4-8GB DDR3L-1600 8GB DDR3L-1600 8-16GB DDR3L-1600
Graphics Intel HD 4400
(20 EUs, Gen 7.5)
Intel HD 5300 
(24 EUs, Gen 8)
Intel HD 520
(24 EUs, Gen 9)
Display 13.3" Glossy IPS
16:9 QHD+ (3200x1800)
13.3" Glossy IPS
16:9 QHD+ (3200x1800) LCD
13.3" Glossy IPS 
16:9 QHD+ (3200x1800) LED
Hard Drive(s) 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD
(Samsung mSATA)
256GB/512GB SSD
(Samsung PM851)
256GB/512GB SSD (Samsung ?)
Networking Intel Wireless-N 7260
(2x2:1 802.11n)
Broadcom 802.11ac 
(2x2:2 802.11ac)
Intel Wireless AC-8260 (2x2:2 802.11ac)
Audio Realtek HD
Stereo Speakers
Headset jack
JBL Stereo Speakers
1.5w x 2
Headset jack
JBL Stereo Speakers Dolby® DS 1.0
Headset jack
Battery 4 cell 55Wh
65W Max AC Adapter
4 cell 44Wh
40W Max AC Adapter
4 cell 66Wh
Buttons/Ports Battery status indicator
Novo button 
1 x USB 2.0 
1 x USB 3.0
Headset Jack
Volume
Screen Rotation Lock
AC Power Connection
1 x Micro-HDMI
SD Card Reader

 
Power Button
Novo Button
2 x USB 3.0 
Headset Jack
Volume Control
Auto Rotate Control
DC In with USB 2.0 Port
1 x Micro-HDMI
SD Card Reader
Power Button
2 x USB 3.0-A
1 x USB 3.0-C
Headset Jack
SD Card Reader
DC In with USB 3.0-A Port


 
Back Side Exhaust vent Watchband Hinge with 360° Rotation
Air Vents Integral to Hinge
Dimensions 12.99" x 8.66" x 0.61"
330 x 220 x 15.5 mm
13" x 9" x 0.5" 
330.2 x 228.6 x 12.8 mm
12.75" x 8.86" x 0.59"
324 x 225 x 14.9 mm
Weight 3.06 lbs (1.39 kg) 2.6 lbs (1.18kg) 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)
Extras 720p HD Webcam
Backlit Keyboard
Colors Silver Grey
Clementine Orange
Light Silver
Clementine Orange
Golden
Platinum Silver
Clementine Orange
Champagne Gold
Pricing $879 (256GB)
$1049 (512GB)
$1148 (256GB)
$1379 (512GB)
$1200 (8GB/256GB)
$1300 (8GB/512GB)
$1400 (16GB/512GB)

With Intel’s 6th Generation, as most OEMs will be moving to, Lenovo is hoping to leverage new features such as Speed Shift and video decode to improve both performance and battery life. Over the previous generation of Yoga laptops, the Yoga 900 comes in a little heavier than the Yoga 3 Pro but allows up to 16GB of memory, comes immediately with Windows 10 Home and also sports a USB Type-C 3.0 with video out functionality. Currently all versions listed online come with the i7-6500U, one of the top Skylake Core i7 15W models with GT2 integrated graphics. Lenovo is listing the battery life as nine hours of local video playback, as well as sporting a 50% increase in battery density.

Prices start at $1200 for the 8GB/256GB version, rising to $1400 for 16GB/512GB models. There will be versions in Lenovo’s Clementine Orange, but also Platinum Silver and Champagne Gold. From looking at the breakdown online, not all colors will be available in all specifications.

Lenovo Yoga Home 900

Cast your minds back to 2014. It was a fun time, with Haswell and Broadwell processors from Intel being talked about as bringing a revolution to the mobile computing market. I remember some of the product ideas becoming quite amusing at the time, especially when Intel was talking about making all-in-one devices (where the PC built into the monitor and you just add a keyboard/mouse) something that could be carried around.  Clearly something that measures up to 32-inches in this context is going to be heavy and short on battery life, and was perhaps not something to be taken too seriously as a product idea. Fast forward to the end of 2015, and Lenovo is going to sell you one.

Information about the specifications is small right now, but we are told that at 27-inches, the device will come with a 5th generation processor, Windows 10 and offer up to three hours of battery life. The 5th generation processor part is interesting, suggesting a Broadwell part – if this is a 47W or 65W processor, it could be an eDRAM equipped processor in that instance. Nevertheless there will probably be a range available, as Lenovo is going to offer the Yoga Home 900 with optional NVIDIA GeForce 940A graphics as well. The software package from Lenovo will include the AURA 3.0 interface which allows for image manipulation and a selection of apps from the Windows Store developed with portable AIOs in mind.

Prices for the Lenovo Yoga Home 900 will start at $1549 and be available from the end of October.

Source: Lenovo

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  • jsntech - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - link

    Yet another really impressive combination of laptop/2-in-1 design and tech completely ruined (for me) by a 16:9 aspect ratio. Guess SB or SP4 will continue to be my only options with a sensible display. Reply
  • coolhardware - Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - link

    True, and I can't believe they didn't go with USB-C for charging! Any word on the docking situation here? Are they going with the onelink feature?

    I am not a fan of Lenovo's charger that goes doubles with the yellow USB port. Seriously wish everybody would get USB-C utilized to it's max potential!

    PS check where that Yoga Home 900 slots in on the PPI index:
    http://pixensity.com/search/?search=yoga
    ;-)
    Reply
  • rhx123 - Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - link

    Dell seems to be leading the charge on USB-C. Thunderbolt, and all of their new XPS models can charge over USB-C. Reply
  • Klug4Pres - Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - link

    I agree. I still use a T60 with 15 inch SXGA+ 4:3 IPS. I could deal with 15.4 16:10 WUXGA, but none were made with anything better than Core 2 Duo, so there is no point. I am vaguely hopeful now that someone will follow Google and Microsoft and just make a 3:2 laptop (except make it 1.5 inches thick), maybe with 1602 x 1068 in 15 inches for about 129 ppi - in other words a sane resolution for today's Windows applications, which won't suck power. Reply
  • Klug4Pres - Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - link

    *Apple did get to Ivy with a matte 1680 x 1050 TN panel before going non-maintainable and Retina. Reply
  • TheHumbleGuy - Thursday, October 22, 2015 - link

    It would be nice to know, how it works with a stylus/pen. Does it work like a Surface Pro 4 and which pen is compatible? Reply
  • Visual - Friday, October 23, 2015 - link

    Do you think a FullHD display could reduce the price? Or are panel prices not so sensitive to resolution and just depending on physical size these days?

    Also I hope they can get their hands on a GT3e or even GT4e CPU soon and make a variant with that.
    Reply
  • Arbie - Sunday, October 25, 2015 - link

    The picture of the kids with the display is beautifully done, very evocative, and so promising. To quibble about "what if they drop it" misses just about everything. I am really impressed. Reply
  • kjmathew - Friday, October 30, 2015 - link

    Compelling laptop. I wonder if the display is really the same as in the Yoga Pro 3. Has Lenovo ever claimed that the Yoga Pro 3 has an IPS display? Ref: http://news.lenovo.com/images/20034/YOGA%203%20Pro...

    Is the SSD also upgraded to perhaps the Samsung PM871 (in which case the 512GB SSD version will have approx. double the write throughput)?
    Reply
  • kjmathew - Friday, October 30, 2015 - link

    Thanks to @DigitalFreak https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/y... Reply

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