Lenovo had quite a few product announcements at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga got some cosmetic and thermal improvements. The Yoga series has some new laptops, including the Yoga S940, Yoga A940, and OLED display with sporty C730. The line now includes OLED displays. Among this new line of Yoga, the only notebook that really impressed me was the Yoga S940.
The first thing you notice about this laptop is how thin and light it is. At just 12.2mm thin and 1.2kg in weight, the Yoga S940 looks stylish. Iron Gray seems to be the color of choice for the Yoga series, this CES, the X1 yoga It has adopted the same color scheme.
When you open the lid, you are presented with a bright and sharp screen with very thin bezels. But it’s not just the slim bezels that catch your eye, it’s also the unique Contour Glass design. What I mean by this is that glass tends to wrap around the edges of the screen. Thanks to the slightly protruding aluminum flap, there is no danger of the glass breaking against something it shouldn’t.
Lenovo has gone with minimal ports on the Yoga S940 to keep the profile slim, but that’s par for the course at this stage. It only has two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB Type-C port that can also act as a power port. There are no SD card slots or LAN ports, a decision that makes sense given the slim form factor. Fortunately, Lenovo has kept the audio jack.
The build quality of the Lenovo Yoga S940 is robust. Unlike other yoga devices, the screen does not reverse 360 degrees.
In terms of internal specs, it can have an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 256GB to 1TB storage, in the form of a PCIe SSD. On the front of the screen, you can select between a 14-inch 4K display with Dolby Vision support or a standard FullHD panel. Unless you’re really into Dolby Vision, I feel like 4K seems a bit steep on a 14-inch screen, not to mention the premium you’ll be charged for the price and the limited battery life you’d get relative to Panels. FullHD.
The Yoga S940 also has an IR camera in addition to the front camera to help with some Lenovo Smart Assist features. One of them works in a similar way to Windows Hello, allowing you to log into your device by recognizing its face. Then there are four far-field microphones on the S940 to help Cortana or Alexa in PC compatibility. There’s another feature called ‘Snap Window’ which Lenovo claims allows you to move content from your S940’s screen to a connected monitor just by turning your head. I have not tested the feature myself, but my colleague tested the feature on older ThinkPads and claims that it works “sometimes”.
Another cool feature is that you can have a kind of portrait mode active during video calls, which means the background distraction behind you can be blurry.
Given everything I’ve seen about the S940, I wasn’t expecting it to come cheap, and it isn’t. The starting price for the Yoga S940 is $ 1,499 and it will start selling from May 2019. This would surely make an interesting comparison to the MacBook Air, Asus ZenBook, and other slim-form laptops. but it will be a while before we get our hands on it to review.
Disclaimer: Tech2 was invited to CES 2019 by Lenovo. All expenses related to travel and lodging have been borne by Lenovo.
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