“The Yoga C630 is the world’s first laptop powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 platform”
It was only in December last year that we saw the first set of laptops powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipsets, and the San Diego-based company was quick to respond to the feedback as it unveiled its Snapdragon 850 platform in June this year. The first laptop to utilise the SD850 is the Lenovo Yoga C630, which was launched at IFA in Berlin. I managed to spend some time with the ultraportable, and here’s how I’ll summarise my hands-on experience.
Let’s start with the biggest highlight of the Lenovo Yoga C630 – its battery life. Just like laptops powered by the SD835, Qualcomm is promising an impressive backup of up to 25 hours. While I can’t vouch for this fact without testing it out myself, there’s no doubt that such battery efficiency makes carrying the laptop without the charger worry-free.
As aforementioned, the laptop makes use of the Snapdragon 850 chip to handle the processing duties. The 10nm silicon comes with eight cores clocked at 2.9GHz. The silicon is paired with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and should be able to handle day-to-day tasks as well. The hardware can be expected to run casual games too. For your storage needs, there’s up to 256GB of Universal Flash Storage 2.1.
Just like previous Snapdragon-toting laptops, the Lenovo Yoga C630 comes with Windows 10S out of the box. This version of Microsoft’s OS is optimised for touchscreens, though you can also upgrade to full-fledged Windows with a single click.
The Lenovo Yoga C630 features a screen size of 13.3-inches with a full HD resolution. The IPS panel is crisp and offers impressive colours as well. While viewing angles and brightness levels are also good, the display is quite reflective. The touch-enabled display also supports stylus input with the Lenovo Digital Pen, available for purchase separately.
Being a part of the Yoga series, the C630 is also quite versatile. The device can be used in the usual modes of laptop, tent, tablet and flat. The machine is quite lightweight (1.2kg) when compared to other laptops of this size, and yet seems to offer a robust build quality thanks to metal construction. Sadly though, the device only comes with two Type-C ports, with one of them doubling up as charging socket as well.
The Lenovo Yoga C630 also supports Gigabit LTE speeds, and has a SIM-card slot towards the left edge. Other connectivity options include support for dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth.
The keyboard is mighty impressive too, and I got accustomed to it in no time. One interesting thing is the fact that there are stereo speakers present on the either side of the keyboard to offer loud sound output. The touchpad was quite precise too, and supports various Windows gestures. For security, the device also comes with a fingerprint reader.
The Lenovo Yoga C630 has been priced at €999 (~Rs 83,500) and will be going on sale in select countries starting November. However, the brand hasn’t divulged any information on plans to bring the laptop to the Indian market. We’re hopeful though as all-day battery life for a laptop is an attractive proposition.