The Lenovo Yoga 900 is a powerful 2-in-1 that comes as the successor to last year's Yoga 3 Pro. Its 360-degree watchband hinge allows it to be used in four different modes. With a metal design, loaded innards and a QHD+ display, the Yoga 900 comes at a hefty price of Rs 1,20,090. At the launch event, we spent some quality time with the laptop, and here's our first impressions.
Lenovo Yoga 900 first impressions
It's all in the hinge
The Lenovo Yoga 900 is the latest premium Yoga convertible from the brand, capable of bending into various modes thanks to its 360-degree rotatable hinge. The loaded 2-in-1 can be used either as a laptop or a tablet, and is an improved version of last year's Yoga 3 Pro . Here's our first impressions.
The Yoga 900 demands a premium, but the good news is that it looks the part. Made almost entirely out of magnesium alloy, the Champagne Gold unit we played with looked very classy. It's lightweight at 1.29kg, and fairly slim at just 14.9mm. The keyboard sports a rubberised finish, which Lenovo says provides good grip when the device is being used in the various modes.
At the heart of the Yoga 900 lies its 13.3-inch QHD+ IPS display. With a resolution that surpasses QHD at 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, the screen looks crisp and clear, with intense colours. The display is a touchscreen of course, to facilitate usage in the tablet mode, and touch response was smooth during our brief usage. However, the aspect ratio of 16:9, while great for videos, might hamper the use of other apps.
The mainstay of the Yoga 900 is its 360-degree watchband hinge, which is made up of 813 individual components, and even integrates cooling vents. The metal hinge is reportedly improved from the Yoga 3 Pro, and while we haven't had a chance to compare the two, we can say for certain that it provides a smooth, seamless transition. The Yoga 900 can be used in four modes – laptop, tablet, tent and stand.
Lenovo has been very generous with the ports on the Yoga 900. You get two USB 3.0 ports, as well as one USB Type-C port. There's also a 4-in-1 card reader and 3.5mm audio jack. The DC charging port also offers USB 2.0 function if you need it. In terms of other connectivity, you get dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Yoga 900 will initially ship in a sixth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD version in India. There will also be 16GB RAM and Intel Core i5 variants released at future dates. The RAM on the Yoga 900 is soldered, so there's no way to upgrade it. The operating system of choice is Windows 10. We can't comment on performance with our brief usage, but suffice to say, the configuration looks powerful on paper.
Fuelling the Yoga 900 is a 66WHr battery, which Lenovo says can deliver up to 9 hours of mixed usage. The power adapter is very compact, and the USB charging cable comes with a length of 5 feet, which should be adequate for most users.
The Yoga 900 features JBL Stereo speakers with Dolby DS 1.0 sound. The speakers are located at the rear, encased in metal grills. The sound quality on the device was impressive, managing to fill a small room with audio that was impressive both in clarity and volume.
The Yoga 900 is clearly a premium device, and with its configuration, should suit the needs of most power users. The elegant design and yogic capabilities aside though, it feels a tad overpriced at Rs 1,20,090. It's unfortunate that Lenovo hasn't launched other variants of the laptop simultaneously, reducing the choice for potential consumers. If price isn't a consideration though, the Yoga 900 looks like a great option for users who want a powerful laptop with some added pizazz.