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Lenovo put a soundbar speaker in its new flagship Yoga C930 convertible (Updated)

By Koh Wanzi - on 12 Nov 2018, 11:51am

Lenovo put a speaker in the hinge of its new flagship Yoga C930 convertible

Lenovo Yoga C930

Lenovo is taking a different approach to its signature Yoga line of 2-in-1 convertibles. The Yoga C930 ditches the watchband hinge for a new design that incorporates a Dolby Atmos soundbar speaker in the hinge, a refreshing change for the company.

There are a further two speakers on the bottom of the laptop, but the position of the soundbar ensures that audio is always directed at you no matter what mode you’re using the convertible in. It rotates with the hinge, so you get unobstructed audio in all orientations.

Lenovo Yoga C930

The 13.9-inch display supports Dolby Vision as well, so this looks to be a machined that’s primed for entertainment purposes.

The laptop also comes with what Lenovo calls a Garaged Pen, which sits in a compartment at one corner of the notebook. It is capable of charging in this chamber and is released by a quick press.

Here’s an overview of its specifications:

  • 13.9-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS touchscreen display
  • Intel Core i7-8550U (1.80GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 322 x 227 x 14.5mm
  • 1.38kg

The Yoga C930 is also available with a Core i5-8250U (1.60GHz, 6MB L3 cache) processor and a FHD IPS display. Lenovo is estimating 14.5 hours of battery life on the FHD display and nine hours on the 4K screen.

For ports, it is equipped with one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A and two Thunderbolt 3 connectors. However, it is lacking an SD card slot.

The webcam is equipped with its own privacy shutter as on Lenovo’s ThinkPad devices, and there’s also a fingerprint sensor below the keyboard that will let you log in using Windows Hello.

On top of that, Lenovo also announced the Yoga S730, a new entrant targeted at customers looking for a sleek and minimalist clamshell laptop. Lenovo is repositioning its Yoga line to encompass a range of premium devices instead of just 2-in-1 convertibles, which explains the S730’s form factor.

Lenovo Yoga S730.

Unlike the Yoga C930, it will also feature Intel’s latest Whiskey Lake processors and Gigabit Wi-Fi capabilities.

Here’s a look at its specifications:

  • 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8565U (1.80GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 307 x 210 x 11.9mm
  • 1.2kg

The hinge has 180 degrees of movement so it can lay completely flat, which is further than most laptops go.

The laptop is also equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port, similar to what you get on the Yoga C930. In addition, Lenovo estimates you can get around 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

The Yoga C930 will start at S$2,799 while the Yoga S730 will start at S$1,999.

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