Lenovo Yoga 920 review: Hands on with Lenovo’s latest convertible
As with all of the top-line Yoga products, it’s about meeting power with style and portability. For the Yoga 920, Lenovo has really knocked it out of the park. It’s a svelte device that’s just 14mm thick when closed and yet somehow boasts an eighth-generation Intel Core chip, a 4K screen and Dolby Atmos out of the box.
In some ways, the Yoga 920 seems little more than a generational upgrade to the Yoga 910 – but there’s more to it than that. Lenovo has shaved 1mm off its design, added support for a whole host of new features, and somehow made it look more desirable than before.[gallery:2]
Yoga 920 review: UK price, release date and specifications
- Screen: 13.9in IPS display up to 4K resolution
- CPU: Up to 8th gen Intel Core i7
- GPU: Integrated graphics
- RAM: Up to 16GB DDR4
- Storage: Up to 1TB PCIe SSD
- Camera: 720p HD
- Dimensions: 323 x 223.5 x 13.95mm
- Weight 1.37kg
- Colours: Bronze, Silver, Vibes livery, Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire
- Price: From £1,499
- Release date: September 2017 (920) October 2017 (920 Vibes) December 2017 (Star Wars)
Yoga 920 review: Design, key features and first impressions
Lenovo’s signature “Watchband hinge” returns once more on the Yoga 920 and, along with its super-thin all-metal body, really makes Lenovo’s premium notebook look the part. When paired with a 4K screen it’s absolutely stunning to behold.[gallery:4]
To help really drive home just how important design is to the team, Lenovo also announced two other versions of the Yoga 920 at IFA – the Yoga 920 Vives and a Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 range, which they’ve somehow resisted calling the Yoda 920. In terms of specifications, all three versions are exactly the same, the key difference is in the details.
The Yoga 920 Vibes is a collaboration with the IED school of design in Milan. Having worked with students to create new looks for the 920, the Vibes comes with a rather fetching design printed directly onto a Gorilla Glass plate used as the 920 lid. It’s definitely very pretty to look at, but does seem like a lot of effort to go to just to differentiate itself from the market.
Star Wars fans will be pleased by the announcement of two special edition Star Wars designs for the Yoga 920. Coming in either a “light side” platinum Rebel Alliance finish, or “dark side” black Galactic Empire one, the Star Wars range is part of a bigger tie-in Lenovo is making with Disney across all of its products. Both designs are genuinely very pretty and benefit from the glass-topped design found on the Yoga 920 Vibes.[gallery:6]
Aside from aesthetics, it generally seems like business as usual for the Yoga 920. It now features 8th generation Intel Core i chips, boasts a 15.5hr battery life, and has support for Dolby Atmos out of the box. Without being able to properly benchmark the unit, it’s impossible to say how much of a boost these changes are over the Yoga 910, but you can expect a deeper dive when we get a chance to review it ahead of its September release.
On the features front, Lenovo has included support for Windows Ink across more applications than ever before. This expansion is intended to provide normal users – instead of designers – a reason for picking up the Active Pen 2. Lenovo has also added support for Microsoft Cortana’s Far Field technology, allowing you to interact with the virtual assistant even if your laptop lid is shut.
Yoga 920 review: Early verdict
From my short hands-on time with the Yoga 920, it’s clear that Lenovo has made thoughtful tweaks and additions to its design. It’s still a premium laptop, packed with power if you need it, but with the 920 Vibes finish and Star Wars special editions, Lenovo is clearly trying to push it onto a more mainstream audience.[gallery:12]
Without being able to benchmark the Yoga 920’s capabilities, it’s unclear just how powerful Lenovo’s newest convertible will be. However, seeing as the Yoga range has been consistently great over the years, it’s hard to see Lenovo going wrong now.
The vanilla Yoga 920 is set to release this September with prices starting at £1,499. The Yoga 920 Vibes model will arrive in October starting at £1,599 – which is bizarre as it’s essentially the same laptop – and the Star Wars special edition finishes will land in December just ahead of The Last Jedi arriving in cinemas. Currently, there’s no pricing information available for those, but if they’re competitive then they’ll certainly be worth a look.