Lenovo’s Yoga range might’ve helped popularise the 2-in-1, but the range includes other types of laptop these days.
In fact, none of the six new Windows 11 devices in the Yoga lineup can turn into a tablet. That might sound like a bad thing, but it’s simply not necessary on creator-focused Yoga Pro laptops.
They’re headlined by the Pro 9i, the most powerful Yoga laptop Lenovo has ever made. Available in 14.5in or 16in models, it’s equipped with 13th-gen Intel Core CPUs (i5-13505H, i7-13705H or i9-13905H) and DDR5 RAM ranging from 16- to 64GB.
But it’s the discrete GPUs that are arguably more exciting. While the cheapest 14.5in version uses Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, all other configurations feature Nvidia RTX 40 Series graphics – 4050, 4060 or 4070. It’s no wonder Lenovo says it’s suitable for demanding tasks such as 3D modelling and graphic design.
However, those are specs you’ll find on several high-end laptops. What you don’t often see are Mini-LED displays, which generally strike a good balance between contrast and brightness. Lenovo claims a maximum of 1200 nits here, which is some four times brighter than some budget laptops.
Colour accuracy should also be top notch, with full coverage of both the DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB gamuts advertised. Alongside a 165Hz refresh rate on most models, it looks set to be one of the best laptop displays around.
Lenovo also has one eye on the environment, with half of the aluminium in the back cover and plastic in the keyboard made from recycled materials. The keyboard’s keys have 1.5mm of key travel and a large trackpad, with a separate numberpad the only addition on the 16in version.
Other key features include a 5Mp webcam with electronic shutter, quad microphones and a 75Wh battery. You also get plenty of ports: 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A, HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack and full-size SD card reader.
But with starting prices of $1,699.99 (approx. £1,380) for the 14.5in and $1,799.99 (approx. £1,460) for the 16in respectively, you’ll need deep pockets once they arrive in May in North America. A release date elsewhere is yet to be confirmed.
Yoga 7 range
If your budget can’t quite stretch that far, Lenovo has plenty of more affordable options. There are no fewer than seven Yoga 7-branded models, and it’s worth briefly exploring what each brings to the table.
First up is the €1,099 (approx. $1,185/£960) Yoga Pro 7i, although this will only be available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from June. Here, you’re limited to an Intel Core i5-13500H or i7-13700H, with integrated graphics on entry-level models swapped for the RTX 3050 or even RTX 4050 on more expensive options.
It’s only available with a 14.5in IPS display, but you can choose between 2560×1600 at 90Hz or 3072×1920 at 120Hz. You drop down to a 73Wh hour battery, but fast charging support means just 15 minutes of being plugged into the mains should be able to give you you up to three hours of use.
The new Yoga Pro 7i
The $1,449.99 (approx. £1,180) Yoga Pro 7 is identical to the 7i in many ways, but there’s one key exception. It shifts to AMD CPUs, with a choice of four high-end chips from the latest Ryzen 7000 HS Series. Cheaper models use integrated Radeon graphics as a result, but you can still step up to the RTX 3050 or 4050. It’ll be available in North America from July.
For a similar price in Europe, you’ll be able to get the Yoga Slim 7 (from €1,499, approx. $1,615/£1,315) in June. As the name suggests, it’s relatively thin and light for a 14.5 (OLED, 90Hz) laptop, at 13.9mm and 1.35kg respectively. You also get AMD Ryzen processors here (Lenovo hasn’t specified which ones), but integrated Radeon graphics are your only option here.
Then there’s the regular Yoga 7i and Yoga 7, both of which are available in 14in or 16in sizes. Prices here start at $749.99 (approx. £610), so they’re much more affordable. Release dates vary between April and May, while the latter is when you can get your hands on the Yoga Slim 6 – it starts at €899 (approx. $970/£790).
It can be hard to keep track of the wide variety of Yoga devices Lenovo releases every year, but the company is catering to a range of different budgets with its latest lineup.