Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: An Elegant, Powerful 2-In-1 Ultrabook

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Lenovo Yoga 920 Review: Elegant And Refined

When Lenovo launched the Yoga 910, it was beautifully styled, powerful enough for most mobile users, and it offered reasonably good battery life. However, the public reception of the 2-in-1 convertible was a bit mixed and perhaps not quite what the company had hoped for. Some critics took issue with the Yoga 910's thermal characteristics, fan noise, and its awkwardly-placed upward-facing web cam. However, Lenovo took this feedback into consideration and developed the new Yoga 920 we'll be showing you here. From the outside, the Yoga 910 and 920 look similar at first glance, but there are a multitude of significant updates that improve the machine in a number of ways.

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Nestled inside an all-aluminum chassis featuring Lenovo’s signature watchband-style hinge, is Intel’s latest 8th Generation Core i7 mobile processor. At 15 watts, the four-core Kaby Lake R processor in conjunction with its beefier 70 Wh battery claims to offer 20-30% more battery life than the Yoga 910. Not only does the system offer more untethered uptime, it is also reportedly generates less heat. And it's true, even while running system intensive applications, the cooling hardware in the Yoga 920 keeps skin temperatures low enough to not be an issue -- more on that later.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 in the foreground is the same thickness as the display of the Lenovo 920
 

Lenovo's design team also moved the camera from the bottom of the display back to the top. The change in perspective was sorely needed as the previous design was quite literally looking up your nose, similar to Dell's XPS 13. Another addition on the Yoga 920 is a Wacom Active Electrostatic (AES) digitizer, which opens up a number of possibilities when paired to Lenovo’s optional Active Pen 2.

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Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB Signature Edition (8th Gen Core i7 - Kaby Lake Refresh)
Specifications & Features
Processor Options 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U Quad Core (8MB Cache, 1.8GHz to 4.0GHz)
Display
13.9" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touchscreen
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory
8GB Dual Channel DDR4 SDRAM 1200MHz
Storage
256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
Audio 2x JBL Speakers and Dolby Atmos (with headphones)
Ethernet N/A
Wireless Connectivity
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A - 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.1
Interface (Left)
2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
Interface (Right)
1x USB 3.0 Type-A, Power and Reset Buttons
Interface (Back) N/A
Webcam
720p HD Fixed-Focus CMOS Camera with Far-Field Microphones
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Battery 70Whr
Dimensions 0.55 (H) x 12.72 (W) x 8.8 (D) inches
Weight
3.02 pounds
Manufacturer Warranty
1-Year Limited
Pricing $1,279.99 (As Configured)

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Lenovo conceals the keyboard and display cable inside the Yoga 920's signature watchband hinge.

The Yoga 920 system we received for evaluation has a 13.9 inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch display. The near 14 inch panel is has trim bezels on three sides, that stretch to less than a quarter of an inch from the side edge of the system. The Yoga 920 can also be configured with an Ultra HD display option if crispy high pixel density is what you crave. Should you want to pair additional displays to the Yoga 920, Thunderbolt 3 is available as well via the machine's USB-C ports.

Rounding out the hardware in the model we received was 8GB of DDR4 1200 MHz memory, a 256 GB Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD, and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics. The system is also equipped with a Qualcomm Atheros chipset that provides Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band 802.11ac wireless functionality.

Let's take a closer look...

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