Lenovo’s newest Yoga convertible notebook measures half an inch thick and weighs 2.6 pounds, but the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a notebook with an Intel Core M broadwell processor, Windows software, and a screen that bends over backward so you can use the system like a tablet.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro features a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel IPS display, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of solid state storage. It’s powered by an Intel core M-5Y70 Broadwell processor and offers up to 9 hours of battery life.
It measures 11.8″ x 9″ x 0.5″.
Lenovo’s been selling Yoga convertibles for a few years, but this is the thinnest and lightest to date, thanks to a new aluminum hinge design and Intel’s low-power processor which generates less heat and allows for thinner designs.
Other features include micro HDMI output, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and 4 speakers.
Lenovo has also introduced a new software suite called Harmony which automatically recommends apps depending on the mode you’re using the Yoga 3 Pro in. You can also customize the Harmony settings.
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is now available for $1350 and up.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, the older Yoga 2 Pro with an Intel Haswell processor is still available for $850 and up.
Looks pretty solid. Hope Lenovo can sustain it for the little man Yoga 3 11 too.
I have the Yoga 2 Pro and these are the hardware news AFAICT
Appears to be fanless (can someone verify this?)
new hinge (but the old hinge worked just fine so no biggie)
2.62 lbs (down from 3.06 lbs)
802.11 A/C (up from only N, but replacement cards with A/C are available for Yoga 2)
integrated intel HD graphics 5300 (up from 4400)
new power adapter connector
2 * usb3 + 1 * usb2 (dual port also for power) (up from 1 usb3 1 usb2)
The hdmi port on the yoga 2 pro was a hassle (too submerged, made some cables glitchy) so check if that has been fixed
The spec says “GIGA LAN” but there is no hardware ethernet port. Perhaps an usb ethernet adapter is bundled?
I should add a frew things:
– Lenovo are bad at firmware and driver updates. Feels like they released yoga 2 pro and then didn’t look back pretty much. That said I haven’t had any major issues that demanded updates.
– There was a lot of talk about the “yellow issue” with the screen on yoga 2 pro. Doesn’t bother me but that is something to look into in the yoga 3 too before you buy.
– They bundle some crapware but that is par for the course and can be uninstalled
I like the look of the hinge on my Yoga 2 Pro. The only thing I really miss is 802.11ac which I have a replacement card for my Yoga 2 Pro that I need to get around to installing.
Interesting but pricey. I really wonder if these higher end subnotebooks will ever get any market share given what is available in a Bay Trail model for 1/4 the price. How many people need heavy duty CPU’s on the road?
That hinge design doesn’t look too nice, but is interesting.
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