Windows 10 laptop with 25-hour battery life? Lenovo shows new Yoga line-up at IFA

Lenovo unveils a mix of 2-in-1 hybrids and novel laptops at the Berlin tech conference.
Written by Nick Heath, Contributor

Lenovo has revealed its new line-up of Yoga machines, including a Windows 10 laptop it says has a battery life of over 25 hours.

The new Yoga computers were unveiled at the IFA Conference in Germany this week.

Yoga C630 WOS

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According to Lenovo, this Arm-based Windows 10 laptop offers more than 25 hours of battery life, based on tests where it played looping video on the machine's HD display.

Alongside the usual wi-fi connectivity, the 13.3-inch Yoga C630 WOS can also connect to the internet over cellular networks, using its integrated 4.5G LTE Advanced Pro chipset.

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The Yoga C630 WOS runs on the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform, and possible downsides are performance and compatibility when compared with typical Intel-based Windows 10 laptops.

Tests of earlier Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Windows 10 laptops found sluggish performance and that not all Windows apps would work. That said, these machines were based on an earlier Qualcomm chipset, so the Snapdragon 850 may resolve these performance issues.

The Yoga C630 WOS will be available from November with a starting price of $850.

YogaBook C930

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The most distinctive feature of the C930 is its dual-display, featuring an E Ink touchscreen that serves as the keyboard but which can also be used for notes, sketching, or as an e-reader.

In a hands-on with the laptop, ZDNet's sister site CNET found the virtual keyboard to be better than on the first-generation YogaBook but still lacking the responsiveness and feedback of a physical keyboard.

CNET also highlights the device's limitations as an e-reader due to the E Ink display currently only supporting PDFs and not the proprietary formats used by Amazon's Kindle e-books. The nature of the E Ink display also prevents its being used as a second screen for the Windows desktop.

The Windows 10 laptop will be available with Intel Core m5 and i5 processors, will have a 2,560 x 1,600 primary display, and Dolby Atmos speaker support. Lenovo is promising up to 10 hours of battery life.

The YogaBook C930 will be available from the end of September with a starting price of $999.

Yoga C930

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Unlike its YogaBook brother, this 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine sports a physical keyboard and is available with higher specs.

The laptop offers a HD or 4K display, both with Dolby Vision HDR support, and an 8th-generation Intel Core processor up to an i7.

Lenovo is touting the laptop's 'rotating sound bar', which supports Dolby Atmos, while the machine's 'far mics' allow Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft Cortana's virtual assistants to detect commands from up to four meters away. The device's digital pen can be stashed in an internal compartment that also charges the accessory.

The YogaBook C930 will be available from the end of September with a starting price of $1,400.

Yoga S730

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Described by Lenovo as a premium laptop that, at 11.9mm thick, is one of the thinnest consumer clamshell laptops available.

The Windows 10 machine runs on an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, has a 13.3-inch HD screen, a Dolby Atmos speaker system, up to 10 hours of battery life and what Lenovo says is "rapid charging".

The laptop is available from the end of October starting at $1,000.

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