IFA 2018: Lenovo announces new Yoga, Yoga Book, ThinkPad X1 Extreme, Windows 10 on ARM devices

Posted by:Arif Bacchus

At IFA 2018, Lenovo is taking the wraps off several new and exciting Windows 10 devices. There are three fresh devices coming to the main Yoga Lineup— the Yoga X930, S730, and the Yoga Book C930. In addition, there is a new and powerful ThinkPad X1 Extreme model, complete with discrete GTX 1050 Ti Max Q graphics. Finally, Lenovo is also going all-in with Windows 10 on ARM with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 powered Yoga C630. Here’s what you need to know about the new Yoga devices.

Yoga C930: Available in October starting at $1,399

First off, there is the new Lenovo Yoga flagship, the Yoga C930 (available in October starting at $1,399.) With this model, Lenovo added a Dolby tuned full soundbar hinge across the front in the hinge, so that sounds will always be always facing outward. They’ve also tweaked the chassis, making the edges cleaner and more minimalistic with rounded corners. This makes it so the screen and the bottom chassis are slightly offset when in tablet mode, for a more ergonomic feel.

Chassis of the Yoga C930

Other new features include a built-in privacy shutter for the webcam, and a pen storage mechanism on the back of the device.  Specs are listed below, and you can see a hands-on tour of the device in the video.

  • Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U OR  8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U
  • OS Windows 10 Home
  • Dimension 12.68” x 8.94” x 0.57” (320.2 x 226.7 x 14.5 mm)
  • Weight Starting at 3.04lbs (1.38 kg)
  • Display: 13.9’’ UHD (3840×2160) IPS touchscreen w/Dolby OR Vision 13.9” FHD (1920×1080) IPS touchscreen w/Dolby Vision Graphics Intel HD 620
  • Memory 16 GB DDR4 or 12 GB DDR4 or 8 GB DDR4
  • Storage: 2 TB PCIe SSD or 1 TB PCIe SSD or 512 GB PCIe SSD or 256 GB PCIe SSD
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos Rotating Sound Bar hinge speaker system
  • Battery: 14.5 hours (FHD) or 9 hours (UHD)
    IO ports: 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB-C (TBT, PD, DP, USB 3.1 full function), Audio
  • Pen: Garaged pen
  • Features: Backlit keyboard, Far-range Microphones for Voice Assistant, Garaged Pen, Fingerprint Reader w/Windows Hello

Yoga S730: Available in November, starting at $999

Next up, there is the Yoga S730, available in November for prices starting at $999. Though this model is not fully convertible, Lenovo has changed up their naming scheme, with the S in the S730 meaning slim. The company is now providing consumers a premium system with an aluminum body.

Slim sides of the S730

Since this is the first time that a premium clamshell model is entering the Yoga family, the system is now comparable to a MacBook Air. Other new features include a 15% brighter screen, and an improved cooling system, where the air is pulled through the bottom of the device and the keyboard. See below for specs, and be sure to check out our hands-on tour.

  • Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U or 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8265U
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimension: 12.09” x 8.27” x 0.47” (307 x 210 x 11.9 mm)
  • Weight Starting at 2.6lbs (1.2 kg)
  • Display 13.3” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • Graphics:: Intel HD 620
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4 or 8 GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1 TB PCIe SSD or 512 GB PCIe SSD or 256 GB PCIe SSD or 128GB PCIe SSD Audio Dolby Atmos
  • Battery: 10 hours & Rapid Charge
  • IO ports: 2 x type C (support DP +PD+ thunderbolt + USB 3.1, 1*always on charging) | 1 x Type C ( DC-in + USB 3.1), 1 | Audio Jack
  • Features: Backlit keyboard, FingerPrint Reader with Windows Hello

Yoga Book C930: Available in October starting at $999

Moving on, there is also the Yoga Book C930 which will available in October starting at $999. This device is dubbed by Lenovo as the world’s thinnest and lightest dual-display laptop with E Ink. It has a cool “knock-knock to open” feature and now packs a full e-ink display on the bottom. There’s also now full haptic and audio feedback in the e-ink keys, and the ability to tap it and get a full trackpad.

Users can also write items and math formulas and diagrams on the e-ink display, and convert their handwriting into text and then put it on the main screen. There’s even a  feature where users can save battery life by switching to the e-ink display only mode, and mark up textbooks on the e-ink display and paste into another program to retain the color format.

Yoga Book C930

Other changes from the last generation include the ability for writing on the main top screen, and the e-ink display. There’s even now an improved 10.8-inch display, a new fingerprint sensor in the button, USB C type C charging, and a bump up to 128GB of SSD storage and a new Intel M3 or Core i5 processor. See other specs below.

  • Processor: 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor OR 7th Gen Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Dimensions: 10.25” x 7.06” x 0.38” (260.4 x 179.44 x 9.9 mm)
  • Weight: WiFi: 1.71 lbs. (775g) | LTE: 1.76lbs. (799g)
  • Display: LCD: 10.8” QHD (2560×1600) LCD IPS touchscreen | E Ink: 10.8” FHD (1920×1080) touchscreen
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage: Up to 256 GB PCIe SSD
  • Battery: 35.8Wh Up to 8.6 hours LTE
    2G Band: N/A | 3G WCDMA: 1,2,4,5,8 | 3G TDSCDMA | 4G FDD LTE I 4G TDD LTE Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz&5GHz dual band
  • Audio: 2 speakers with Dolby ATMOS technology
  • Pen: Wacom Active Pen | 4096 pressure level | Bluetooth |
  • Supports dual-display
  • Features: Dynamic Displays | 2x USB 3.1 (Gen1) Type C full function| Fingerprint login

Lenovo is also announcing new Windows 10 on ARM-powered Lenovo Yoga C630. We go deeper into that device in this post, but it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor and Adreno 630 graphics. Finally, in addition to the above, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme is set for release in September at prices starting at $1,859. We dive deeper into that model here, but it packs a 15-inch screen, and discrete GTX 1050 Ti Max Q graphics.