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Lenovo’s Yoga Book 9i notebook/tablet hybrid, which was unveiled in January of this year and features a unique dual-OLED design, is now offered for sale in the US and the EU.
The NA region’s US$2,000 starting pricing is unquestionably more appealing than the EU region’s US$2,750 starting price. The costs may be a little too steep, especially for the US market, given the upgraded specifications, since Lenovo felt the need to change several details prior to the actual release.
The i5-1335U CPU option has been removed by Lenovo, and the model may only be ordered with an i7-1355U. Second, Lenovo added new MobileMark 2018 results to its upgraded 80 Wh battery life claims.
Although the battery might last for up to 10 hours in dual-screen mode and up to 14 hours in single display mode while watching a video, according to MM18, regular use only results in a 7.3-hour battery life.
Given the processing specifications, this is still a positive thing, but the two 2880 x 1800 OLED touchscreens undoubtedly put more strain on the battery. The US$2,000 configuration also comes with a 512 GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD that can be upgraded to 1 TB for an extra US$100 and 16 GB of LPDDR5X-6400 RAM.
Our personal tests have shown that the dual OLED touchscreens’ excellent image quality and adaptability, as well as the speakers’ strong bass and lightweight design, are this model’s key advantages.
However, there are some significant drawbacks, such as the uncomfortable wireless keyboard and touchpad, as well as the generally underwhelming CPU performance because the i7-1355U appears to be slower than the i7-1255U from the previous generation and the relatively constrained serviceability.
Lenovo’s current pricing is undoubtedly not the best deal, but as OLEDs become more commonplace in the coming years and Intel’s Meteor Lake mobile processors and beyond deliver improved performance, the new Yoga Book series may eventually prove to be a respectable alternative.