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Lenovo unveils new Yoga 900S and a compact PC with a wireless projector (Updated)

By Koh Wanzi - on 3 Mar 2016, 7:52pm

Lenovo unveils new Yoga 900S and a compact PC with a wireless projector

Lenovo Yoga 900S

Updated on 3 March 2016: Added information on the local price and availability for the Yoga 900S. 

Originally published on 6 January 2016:

We’re used to seeing companies trot out their latest and greatest products at CES, all packed with new features and design refinements to sate the growing demands of consumers. This time, Lenovo has bolstered its ultrabook and home PC line-ups with the Yoga 900S, an ultraportable convertible notebook, and the ideacentre 610S, a compact PC with a removable, wireless projector.


Yoga 900S

Lenovo Yoga 900S tent mode

The Yoga 900S follows on the heels of the recently announced Yoga 900, which we just saw at Lenovo’s holiday event last October. While it retains the key features of the Yoga 900 like its signature watchband hinge, it is actually a smaller, slimmer and less performance-oriented version of the latter notebook.

The display is a 12.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixels IPS panel, essentially a sized-down version of the higher resolution (3,200 x 1,800 pixels) 13.3-inch screen on the larger Yoga 900. Its thickness has also been cut down to just 12.8mm, down from 14.9mm on the Yoga 900, allowing Lenovo to lay claim to having built the world’s thinnest ultraportable convertible laptop. It is also quite a bit lighter at just 999g, compared to the Yoga 900’s 1.29kg.

Of course, these reductions do come with certain trade-offs, and the Yoga 900S passes on the sixth-generation Intel Core i processors in favor of the latest Intel Core m7 processor. It can also be equipped with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 512GB Samsung PCIe SSD.

The Yoga 900S will be available in gold and silver from April 2016, starting from S$2,299. For a closer look at the device, you can check out our hands-on article right here.


Ideacentre 610S

Lenovo ideacentre 610S

The Ideacentre 610S was conceived as a machine that could provide fuss-free entertainment for the whole family. According to Lenovo, it is the world’s first compact home PC to feature an optional, removable wireless projector. What this means is that users can project pictures and movies onto any wall, instantly turning it into a 100-inch home theater screen (at a distance of 2.4m). The top of the PC has a contact pad to connect with the projector module and when it does, the projector draws power directly from the PC.

 Here's the PC and projector in action. She looks a bit like a droid, doesn't she?

"Obi-wan, you're my only hope...", if you so choose to watch Star Wars ;)

This is all the more impressive when you consider that the Ideacentre 610S utilizes a diminutive 2.2L triangular chassis that is only 200mm tall. However, it still packs most of the power of a full-fledged desktop and can be configured with up to a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card. As a multimedia machine, it prioritizes storage space over sheer speed, and can also be equipped with up to a 2TB HDD to store all your movies, photos, and videos. An SSD storage option is also available though.

The projector itself utilizes a Texas Instrument DLP chip and supports up to a 720p resolution. It interfaces with the main desktop over a WirelessHD (or WiHD) link, thought it draws power from the PC or via a separate input.

The Ideacentre 610S starts from US$849 (although the higher specced options will definitely cost much more) with the optional detachable projector and will be available this June in the US.

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