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Hands-on with the gorgeous Lenovo Yoga 900

Lenovo has just announced the new Yoga 900 this afternoon. This change is an important branding shift as Lenovo steps up the Yoga line for their unique two-in-one Windows PC laptops including ditching of the Lenovo name on the device itself for the Yoga one. In terms of heredity, this new laptop is the updated Yoga 3 Pro announced nearly one year ago.

The Yoga 900 fixes the biggest complaint about the Yoga 3 Pro, which was the anemic Intel Core M processor. That change up last year was an odd choice due to the decreased performance, although it did allow Lenovo to claim their device as one of the thinnest and lightest in the world.

Bye-bye Core-M, hello Skylake Core i5 and i7

This year, the company is backing away from that ultra-thin and light angle, and while the Yoga 900 is still slim, it has grown a bit. However, that is welcomed since the device now ships with 6th gen Intel Skylake Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory. In my opinion, this rightly returns the Yoga 900 to the premium, performance-expectant PC that consumers demand.

Lenovo Yoga 900 Specs

CategorySpecification
Display13.3" QHD+ 3200x1800
10-point touchscreen
SoftwareWindows 10
Processor6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Storage256GB and 512GB SSD
MemoryUp to 16GB LPDDR3 memory
Thickness14.9mm
Weight1.29kg (2.8 lbs.)
ColorsClementine Orange
Champagne Gold
Platinum Silver
PriceStarts at $1,199

In terms of other specs, you are still getting the somewhat overkill – but brilliant - 3200x1800 QHD+ touch display, up to 512 GB SSD (unfortunately non-PCI-e, for now), and – drum roll please – the return of the sixth keyboard row for dedicated function keys.

Lenovo Yoga 900

What I like about the Yoga 900 is it shows how attentive Lenovo is to customer demands. Sure, the Yoga 3 Pro broke new ground and tried a few new things included a minimalist keyboard, but in the end some experiments simply don't work.

From my limited time with the Yoga 900 is looks like the best of the Yoga 3 Pro with the power of the Yoga 2 Pro all in a great looking device. Ditching Lenovo on the front for YOGA is also a nice differentiator that says "Hey, I'm not your ordinary business laptop". I think it's a smart decision by the company too as the Lenovo brand has many different meanings, but premium consumer devices are not likely one of them.

Lenovo Yoga 900

Other perks of the two-in-one are the typically great Lenovo keyboard and an excellent trackpad though I'd like to review it before giving it a total thumbs up. For what it's worth, my X1 Carbon has the best touchpad I have used on a modern PC, and I'm hoping that carried over to this laptop.

Lenovo also says the hinge is improved with a stiffer and more consistent feel when rotating. The hinge is still that crazy watch-hinge with 813 unique parts, and it did feel – and look – premium. You're also getting a USB Type-C and USB 3.0 ports on here, which is great for those looking for some future-proofing.

What about battery life? I dinged the Yoga 3 Pro for falling way short of their initial 11 hours claim and Lenovo is once again responding to those criticisms. Lenovo tells me they have increased the battery from 44 Wh to a beefier 66 Wh one with a real-world usage of 9 hours. We'll have to test those numbers but with a larger battery and more efficient Skylake Core i5 process that is likely attainable.

One downside, of course, is the lack of any Windows Hello biometric authentication system. There is no RealSense camera or fingerprint scanner, which is a bit of a letdown. Other than that, however, I think Lenovo did all the right things to make a good course correction for the Yoga 'Pro' line (now just 900-series).

Lenovo Yoga 900

Look for the Yoga 900 to hit store shelves in the coming weeks at Lenovo.com and Best Buy locations. Starting price is $1,199 for the Core i5 version with 256 GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. No word if Microsoft Stores will carry them too. However, Microsoft has carried the Yoga line in the past.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

99 Comments
  • sexy. omg lenovo - you done too good work 
  • I like all of it but that hinge. It looks weird/flimsly.
  • I have a Yoga 2 pro with a similar looking hinge.  It is not flimsy at all.  It's a solid device, I'm very happy with it.
  • Nope yoga 2 pro doesnt have watchband hinge.
  • its ugly looks like a cheap made in china ONDA  
  • Iphones are made in China!!!!
  • When it hits the table, you can hear how flimsy it probably is.
  • This is indeed a gorgeous laptop but that stupid Yoga logo...who's idea was that? a logo that big and ugly. They should have just left the Lenovo logo. That hinge itself is a Yoga signature; there's no other laptop like it.  I think I will buy this instead of the Surface Book. Bigger bang for the buck. 
  • Is the screen improved all around? The tech behind it was one of its biggest downfalls.
  • Spyware is free! No extra charge! lol
  • it is not improved at all. I have yoga 900 for about 6 months. The screen just cracked on its own. Reading post reviews the samme problems were with all previous models....
  • You can really see how the USB port itself is becoming a limiting factor in hardware design these days. Hopefully USB-C connectors will become the norm ASAP so that manufacturers can move past them for ultrabooks and tablets. Short of that, manufacturers should just bundle a few USB to USB-C adapters. In terms of Lenovo, my thoughts on them still stand, so this will just be something semi-nice to look at machine (not a fan of the multi-look hinge).
  • Until a different type of connector comes along and replaces usbc
  • Are we talking for thickness sake? I think that premium laptops are thin enough. Much like phones I wish people would stop making them thinner and just shove more battery in there.
  • Yes! Or, make them flexible so I can fit the 5"+ phones in my front pocket even when wearing jeans without risk of ripping my pants.
  • They should really make a phone that folds in half. Oh wait....   Uh oh... just like Bell Bottom pants, flip phones and clamshells will come back in style. I give it 5 years or less. :)
  • while yes they do state that the only limiting constratin around the size is that the USB port is at fault...im not sure if i would want a thinner tablet or even phone. Grip becomes a problem and even thin devices may causes stress
  • It looks realy nice especially the gold Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Dang...no Windows Hello :(
  • and at this price point it should have it.
  • Lenovo was right refusing surface. They have made great laptops. Full marks except the hinge.
  • And windows hello
  • And no discrete gpu?
  • the hinge is ugly to my eyes - to the point of being a deal breaker. Looks too tacky for my tastes - not sure what Lenovo tried to achieve by having a two tone, glossy / matte combo. May look good in a 90s watch, not in a modern laptop. Otherwise a good device.
  • And the thinnest form factor?
  • No discrete GPU is definitely a downside, but the integrated ones from Intel are getting awfully good. Unless you're doing real cutting edge gaming, they're good enough. (Even for older games that were considered demanding a few years ago, Intel's integrated GPU is usually good enough).
  • Can I play DOTA 2 on this Intel GPU at 1080p?
  • @Salman Shah, by looking at http://www.dota-utilities.com/2011/09/dota-2-system-requirements.html?m=1, I would guess yes. Looks like that game is designed for low-end hardware. I see in benchmarking that the Intel integrated Iris Pro Graphcis will even run Skyrim at 50 fps at 1920x1080, and I suspect that's quite a bit more demanding. That's not great, but it's playable and beats even discrete mobile graphics chipsets like the GeForce GT 650M or 740M and the AMD HD7670M.
  • I'm not a fan of the hinges either (look kind of a bling thing actually) but this could be my next PC. A step up from Yoga pro 3. Allthough what I really want is the Surface book :-)
  • That hinge and keyboard is pretty ugly.  The Surface Book's hinge is definitely a lot more unique and beautiful compared to that.  But, other than that the device does look really good.
  • Why did Surface Book not sport USB-C type? I know they'll produce a sequel net year, but USB-C is the only thing to make the Surface Book the ultimate machine
  • I think this stems from the fact that the Surface Pro and Surface Book are viewed more as enterprise devices, and not necessarily consumer-focused. That being said, most companies will not be adopting USB-C anytime soon (we're looking at 3- 4 years, other than possibly phones). Sure, they could offer adapters like Apple is doing, but enterprise customers hate this more than your traditional consumer does. The other option would be to have both USB-C and USB 3.0, but for enterprise customers, this can be viewed as a "wasted port", because they most likely wont use it any time soon. Sure, their employees might have USB-C devices (i.e. phones), but many companies actually prohibit connected personal devices to work computers.  Yes, you could argue that this would be future-proof, but most Enterprise customers actually lease their PC's, rather than outright buying them. Due to this, they actually swap out non-mission-critical machines (i.e. laptops and phones) every 2 - 4 years. Which is about the time it will take for USB-C to become an enterprise ready standard (meaning accessories, USB drives, phones, etc. are all mostly using USB-C). 
  • The surface book does use some sort USB-C tech or thunderbot for the GPU ot custom one not sure
  • The tablet portion has its own Surface Connector (their proprietary port) which is how it connects to the base. You wont be able to plugin a USB-C or Thunderbolt device into that port.
  • Probably because they have that custom connector that pretty much does what usb-c is purported to do.
  • Might have considered it over surface pro 4, especially because of USB C, but there's no pen, and that's the driving force behind wanting and needing a surface device for me Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • ummm, typo?
  • This, this, this^^^!!!
    Why do they skip the active digitizer? It's the one thing I can't let go of the Surface line for. Ever since I got the original Surface Pro, there's no way I'm gonna spend 1k+ on any type of mobile pc without an active digitizer and pen, no way!!
  • I think this looks terrible, at lest from that one pic. It looks like two plastic laptop pieces glued to a large blingy door hinge. I'll wait to make final judgments in person, but not impressed... Sad I like the last yoga.
  • huh? the last yoga pro used exactly the same style of hinge! it is ugly though.
  • Looks nice, but can we get some pictures that show the laptop from different angles in such a way as to focus attention on the hinge? Maybe even have the video set up so show it shows the hinge when it's not playing?  Oh, and please don't bore us with any photo's from the front showing how it would look if you were sat down with it infront of you and using it like a laptop, you probably can't se the hinge too well in that view.
  • I am sorry, I did not know this site was set up specifically to meet your needs only. 
  • Of course it's not, I should, perhaps, have clearly noted that it was sarcasm around the fact that when these pictures were taken of this undeniably attractive device, there was clearly some hinge love going on.
  • Try this link to see the hinge closer (click the arrow sign to change pictures)
    Lenovo Yoga 900 Laptop (13-inch)
    https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fc%...
  • Sounds great.
  • Wish they should have just added the windows hello capability.
  • I have to say I'm underwhelmed.  The streamed press conference was pretty weak (maybe it was typical and Microsoft's recent one just raised the bar too much).  It appeared to be streamed from a warehouse.  Lack of Windows Hello is a big-time downer and probably a deal breaker for me.  Nice that it has USB Type C, but it is apparently not the power connector (though the power connector on my Yoga Pro 2 is fine), and there is just the one.  The specs say "USB Type C with Video Out".  I'd like to know what that means.  Is there a docking option for the Yoga 900? They made the right move going back to Core I5/I7 over Core M, but this seems like an extremely incremental update.  Nothing game-changing here.  Lack of Windows Hello puts this behind the competition.
  • I think most tech blogs didn't expect on Microsof'ts event, a laptop/tablet that could replace an iPad Pro and a Retina MacBook Air 15" on 1 device.  That's the problem for Lenovo, this device can't compete with Surface Book, not even near. The only device they can compete is with HP's 2 in 1, Dell XPS 12 and Toshiba/ASUS Broadwell Ultrabooks, but Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are another category with N-Trig pen with Eraser support.
  • Wasn't the innacurate color gamut an issue with the last Yoga Pro series, along with issues with the Wifi connectivity? We'll see if things have improved but I'm not that impressed with the design.
     
  • I don't know about the YP3, but the YP2 had terrible color issues mostly with respect to yellow unless the screen was at full brightness and the WiFi card was almost useless until I upgraded it to the higher end model with the AC support.
  • Stylus pen?
  • I saw this device at the Microsoft store this weekend.  Nice but not as nice as the Surface Book.
  • How could you see it at the Microsoft Store when they barely announced it today?
  • thought it was a best buy / lenovo.com exclusive as well
  • Surface Book killer? Not really this has a better keyboard than the type cover of Surface Pro 4, but despite having same internals as Surface Book (Broadwell Intel Core i7 + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD PCIe drive) it does not have a Pen.  Its more expensive than Surface Pro 4, so this possibly lies in a device between Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, but IMO both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are better because they have N-Trig Pen with eraser.
  • Thanks for summing the comparison for me. I still think we should praise Lenovo for trying and making alternatives but think they need to try reduce the prices a bit. I would have been interested in this if it had been like 50-60% the price of a Surface Book, but I'm too in love with Microsofts flagship laptop now with Hello & Pen. I just hope Surface Book comes to the UK by January, still not European details yet!
  • That pen is simply non-negotiable IMHO with any PC that claims to have a 'tablet mode', particularly a powerful PC like the yoga. No one's gonna use it for streaming youtube in tablet mode, any cheap tablet or even your phone would do that! - it would mostly serve artists, note takers etc. They still don't realize that the pen has been critical to the Surface Pro line's success!
  • More expensive...what?! $1,199.00 for 8.0GB RAM and 256GB SSD with Core  i7. Surface Book starts at $1,499.00 for Core i5, 128GB and 8GB RAM. Then you can go to 512GB SSD, 16.0GB, 512GB SSD, and Lenovo only costs $1,399.00. Compare that Surface Book.  It also hase USB type C and Surface does not.  the two things it's missing are the Pen and the ability to detach the screen. 
  • It comes in Rose Gold and 3D Touch?
  • that looks great... my preorder for surface book was cancelled...may be end up buy this one
  • I think I just changed my mind on the Surface Book.
  • Lenovo? The one that comes with Chinese malware, right? Why is this brand even a thing still?
  • That was a one off problem that they fixed and openly apologised. It was very bad, but they were punished for it. Lets not be childish and accuse every new product of past problems. Every tech company has done major stupid things but we have to move on for the sake and health of Personal Computing.
  • And despite the apology they indroduced another spyware, the Lenovo "Customer Feedback Program 64", last month that was sending information to Lenovo's servers again. Who knows what spyware is on these one.
  • Before someone says that this is not true, here is the link to Lenovo's own support site that shows that all Think-products have this piece of tracking software installed. This time at least it can be removed or be disabled: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht102023
  • Beware of fragile screens that can crack under normal use. At least that was the experience of many of us with the Yoga 2 Pro.
  • https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-Yoga-Series-Notebooks/Yoga-2-Pro-Cra...
  • I can confirm that. I have yoga 900 for 6 months and the screen cracked on its own. No damage caused by Force majeure ;)
  • Why don't they make these ultra thin PCs in 11" sizes too? I want a Windows version of the 11" MacBook Air. This would be it but its 13.3".
  • Cool, I'll troll the Best Buy open box cages in a month or two and get one for like 30% off (customer return). They have tons of the original model at like $600. Can't give them away lol.
  • Aww man, this device(a 2n1 laptop), with good specs, and with Windows Hello is what I am looking for! Any suggestions?! Was so excited to spend money. Lol.
  • Crazy to compare Yoga 900 to Surface Book just because one considers both in the vague category of "2 in 1."  Such a simplification ignores a significant number of other features - which is part of why SB is considered an evolution of the category. Yogo 900: No active Pen​ No tablet sreen ratio to support portrait usage (16x9 movie ratio instead) Not to mention no detachable screen/tablet/slate. No thanks.  
  • Agreed.  The Yoga can be flipped around but its tablet mode is of little use to content creators without an active pen.  The closest thing to the Surface Book is the HP Spectre x360, which has active pen support but still isn't quite in the same league as the Surface's N-Trig.
  • This is all 100% true, but then people have to consider whether that list is worth $1300. You can get two Yoga 900's at the highest specs for $100 more than the price of one Surface Book at the same spec. For many this decision will come down to price more than a couple variances in functionality (no matter how beneficial.) Yoga 900: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (2.50GHz 1600MHz 4MB) 16GB LP-DDR3L RAM 512GB SSD Intel® HD Graphics 520 13.3" QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IPS, 300 nits 1MP 720p HD CMOS Camera 1 x USB Type C 3.0 with Video-out 2.8 lbs (1300 grams) $1399   (Optional) 3YR In-Home + Accidental Damage Protection $186.15 Surface Book: 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce graphics dGPU 13.5” PixelSense™ display at 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI) 5.0 megapixel front-facing camera 8.0 megapixel rear-facing camera Surface Pen  Detachable screen 3.48 pounds (1576 grams) $2699 (Optional) 2 yr Microsoft Complete Accident Protection for Surface Book $249 Two for the price of one is a pretty significant variance. I love the active pen on my Samsung devices, but no way in hell it is worth $1300! Even with the dedicted graphics and better cameras, the Surface Book doesn't warrant twice the price for me. YMMV
  • Am I missing something? On the Lenovo website it clearly state "Fingerprint Reader" but your review says it doesn't have one??
  • I noticed this too.. Lenovo website does say that a fingerprint reader is included, Best Buy site does not. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hey, I think I exposed a serious issue on their website. If you have Windows 10, try what I did. I opened that link in 3 browsers: Chrome, Edge and IE11. IE 11 and Chrome do not show the same page as Edge. Edge shows that it has a Fingerprint Reader. The specs listed under Chrome and IE 11 are slightly different. Plus it won't let you use a Customize button like it does under Edge. Freaking weird.   http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/yoga-laptop-series/yoga-900-13/  
  • I started a chat session with Lenovo. They didn't exactly acknowledge what I found out but they advised me to clear the history, cache and cookies under Edge and try again. Sure enough after I did this, all browsers show the same thing and the Fingerprint Reader is NOT listed anymore under Specs. Just like the review stated above, it does NOT come with one. Too bad and disappointing that this laptop doesn't have one. I was this close to order it but this is almost a deal breaker for me now. I need to think about it some more. It might sound dumb to others but once you set fingerprint reading under Windows 10, you don't want to look back. I always bought HP Business laptops in the past and their ProtectTools software was bloated and heavy to get the fingerprint authentication working. Hello under Windows 10 made that SO easy!
  • Why does Lenovo insist on putting the standard Windows on their Priemium laptops instead of Windows Pro It's not as bad as when they called it "Yoga Pro" and didn't put Windows Pro on it, but these are premium machines why limit them?
  • Most users do not need "Pro" it woujld just drive up price.
  • no stylus no buy
  • This^. No stylus, no consideration, not even remotely. Tablet mode without stylus on a PC this size is almost useless, what would I use it as tablet for? Streaming youtube? Tablet mode should be for notetaking, photoshop, and other creative stuff! Maybe the next Yoga would have an active digitizer with stylus!
  • Kaymd, I'm 100% with you. How do these engineers continue to miss this?  Yet another let down,....a big working space with no active stylus functionality.  What's the point then?  Now it's just an over-sized toy or video player.  So sad.
  • Yoga does whaaat? Yeesh. I'm just trying it out with all the PC names.
  • That hinge is distracting....
  • I'll have to try it out in store.. Looks decent compared to the other yp 2/3
  • Nice overall looking device apart from that fugly big logo - YOGA. Turns the device to a cheap looking one
  • The design looks great. I think Lenovo did a good job.
  • I think laptops in general look better than ever. A shame it comes at a time when more and more folks get by just fine on a cell phone and wont think once about buying a $1000+ machine that can introduce redundancy in their lives. Perhaps Microsoft really is onto something with continuum.
    I have a work laptop for all computing needs. If I want to use something casually at home,I just Miracast from my Windows phone. But to use full desktop esque apps via continuum with a future surface phone...id feel pretty capable in all situations. Basically I can be a productive like a boss where ever I am now
  • Looks just like the Lenovo yoga 3, not much has changed.
  • Is the bios filled full of spyware?
  • $1200 was my price cap on my next purchase. Kind of sad to hear that the surface book GPU isnt in all the models and the surface price keeps climbing with every little model upgrade. So looks like either this or a surface 3 pro i7...but I saw it sucks for gaming because of the heating issues slowing things down
  • Looks like the hinge was designed by a lady ;-)
  • No Windows Hello support which I find odd, as Lenovo has lead with at least fingerprint recognition on their business machines. In a Windows 10 device, I find that a deal breaker.
  • UGLY hinges
  • Hopefully they've improved on the flimsy screen of the yoga 3 pro
  • they did not, I had yoga 900 for about 6 months and the screen cracked on it own.
  • If it had a TrackPoint and a pen, I would be all in. Hopefully they will come out with a ThinkPad version. And do not understand all the hinge hatred. I think it is elegant and good looking. I just bought a Surface Book but am also in market for another laptop. Always used Thinkpads for the keyboard and TrackPoint. Really do not care if put a trackpad on any laptop. 
  • I have had the Yoga 900 for about the last week. I also have the Yoga 3 Pro. Both have 8gigs of RAM.  That M processor was a PITA but the 900 I have with the 6th Gen.i7 processor is like night and day.  This system does what you ask and it does it quickly. The hinges have been tightened, as mentioned in the article.  They're not flimsey in the least.  I'm still learning the OS W10 but the learning curve isn't that hard.  The picture is extremely sharp.  The touchpad is very responsive and not having an X-1   I can't tell you how it compares, but coming from a guy who used to hate touchpads, this one and the Y3P's are a pleasure to use.... If it's a good Ultrabook you're looking for then this is what you want, you will be extremely happy. www.lenovo.com