Lenovo has been making convertible Windows PCs even before 2-in-1 form factor became mainstream. When the company bought IBM’s PC business in 2005, it not only got years of expertise in manufacturing, but also a great headstart into the world of designing. It is easy to say that Lenovo makes some of best designed computers right now.
While ThinkPads mostly overshadowed Lenovo’s own offering for quite some time, the design ingenuity of the company really came into light with the launch of Yoga 3 Pro in 2014. The Yoga 3 Pro was the first device in the Yoga series to feature what Lenovo called as watchband hinge. It literally looked like a watch loop had been attached to two parts of a laptop.
Three years later, Lenovo is using the same watchband hinge but the dynamics of materials used has changed to offer stronger and rigid bonding between two pieces. At IFA 2017, Lenovo showcased the latest advancements in that design with the launch of Yoga 920 and limited edition Yoga 920 Vibes with glass front. The successor to Yoga 910 not only brings minor design changes, but also gets major bump in performance with the use of latest chipset from Intel. Lenovo Yoga 920 Vibes is now available in India at Rs 1,27,500 excluding Goods and Services Tax (GST) and here is our initial thoughts about the product.
Design and Display
Lenovo Yoga 920 gets one thing absolutely right – Design. It features metal unibody chassis with watchband hinge connecting the internals to the display. The design has been perfected over the years and there is zero learning curve (or worry) when you switch from laptop to tablet or tent mode. In order to make them modern, Lenovo has trimmed the bezels on the side of the display, which allows it to pack a larger display into a smaller footprint. The Yoga 920 feels compact despite having a considerably large display.
In my short time using the device, I can easily say that this watchband hinge is as good as the milanese loop that comes with most Swiss watches. It works brilliantly, and allows the display to be positioned in so many angles giving the portable device a lot of versatility.
While standard Yoga 920 ships with metal unibody there is also a model named Vibes that has a patterned Gorilla Glass 5 on top. This particular model is designed to impress and it makes people take notice. I am not sure how sturdy the glass is but I would not dare to drop it.
The Yoga 920 is around 13mm thick and such thin profile does have its own tradeoffs and most notable one is the way regular USB port fits snugly with the device. It feels as if the drive has got burned into the device.
A good design is almost incomplete without a good display and Lenovo is offering a 13.9-inch panel with 4mm thin side bezels and up to to 4K UHD resolution. The 4K panel in particular gets so bright that colors nearly pop out of the display, and it is going to be extremely useful for content creators and photo editors.
The display really comes to life when you play 4K UHD content taking full advantage of the native resolution. While human eyes can’t differentiate between individual pixels at such high resolution, it does offer adequate brightness and good contrast for a panel of this size.
Lenovo Yoga 920 specifications and features
Lenovo Yoga series has not really been about performance in the past, but that changes with the introduction of Yoga 920. The Yoga 920 is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7-8550U mobile CPU paired with Intel HD 620 graphics, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. Intel claims 40 percent boost in performance over 7th generation Core CPU and in my initial use, the laptop has been quick to boot and run applications. It really seemed faster with rendering 3D objects but I would like to test those aspects in depth before calling it the best.
The notebook offers chiclet style backlit keyboard, but the travel is definitely not the best in the business. The keys are definitely shallow, but the tactile feedback offered here is quite good. The trackpad comes with precision Windows drivers for better gesture support. Lenovo has also added a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello login, and it is one of the most convenient way to login right now.
The laptop also features JBL-tuned speakers and has battery life rated to last for around 10 hours. After using the Yoga 920 for sometime, it is safe to assume that this performance machine is not meant to do marathon on its battery.
Lenovo Yoga 920 is a beauty when it comes to design and the Yoga 920 Vibes model in particular with Corning Gorilla Glass on top makes it a head turner. However, design is not everything and Lenovo has taken note to add latest Intel chipset, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage, which is great for a performance notebook. Before passing any judgements though, we would be putting the notebook through our extensive review. So stay tuned!