Lenovo's new Yoga S940 packs ultra-thin bezels, 4K display, and Dolby Atmos audio

Lenovo seems to be taking notice of Huawei's popular MateBook X Pro, and its just-announced Yoga S940 laptop (which is not a convertible) is quite the jaw-dropper.

Featuring a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, the new Yoga S940 brings a first to laptops: contour glass that wraps around the display. Think of the "2.5D" displays on smartphones that let the glass smooth out with curved edges, and you'll get the idea.

Lenovo is going with a traditional 16:9 aspect ration versus Huawei's 3:2, but Lenovo solves some other issues that plague the MateBook X Pro. For instance, it not only has a standard web camera at the top of the screen but it also has Windows Hello support with infrared lenses. The little lip from the camera doubles as a grip for opening the laptop with one hand, giving it a dual purpose.

These are the most notable features:

  • Contour glass display curves left and right.
  • Lenovo Smart Assist suite supports Hello, Cortana, Alexa, video call background blur, and privacy eye-tracking.
  • 2.64-pound aluminum body.
  • 90 percent screen-to-body ratio (5.4 mm top, 4.2 mm sides, and 8.65 mm bottom).

Lenovo made good use of that camera placement, too. The smart camera uses software with presence detection to auto-lock your laptop if you walk away, or it can blur your background during conference calls. It even has eye-tracking, making Huawei's demoted web camera seem a bit sad by comparison.

Like all of Lenovo's recent premium Yoga laptops, the display is configurable up to a 4K resolution at 14 inches. That also includes 400 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision support with HDR.

Lenovo Yoga S940 tech specs and features

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CategoryLenovo Yoga S940
Display13.9-inch UHD (3840 x 2400) IPS LCD, HDR400, 500-nit brightness
13.9-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD, Dolby Vision HDR, 400-nit brightness
ProcessorIntel 8th Gen Core i7
GraphicsIntel UHD 620
Storage256GB, 512GB, or 1TB PCIe SSD
PortsTwo USB-C Thunderbolt 3, one USB-C 3.
CameraWindows Hello IR camera
BatteryUp to 15 hours (FHD) or 9.5 hours (UHD)
USB-C Rapid Charge
Dimensions12.57 in x 7.77 in x 0.48 in (319.3 mm x 197.4 mm x 12.2 mm)
WeightStarting at 2.64 lbs (1.2 kg)
Expected availabilityMay 2019
PriceStarting at $1,499.99

Matching the visual features is Dolby Atmos support for audio, along with front-facing speakers that are located just behind the keyboard.

The entire laptop is made from metal and comes in at just 2.64 lbs (1.2 kg), which is excellent for a 14-inch laptop.

Other specifications include the latest Intel 8th Gen 15-watt processors, Intel HD graphics, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD for storage. Due to the super-thin design, at just 12.2 mm, this is a strictly USB Type-C system with three such ports, two of which are full Thunderbolt 3.

Look for this sexy Ultrabook to hit the consumer market in May 2019. Pricing starts at $1,500.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Damn this is nice, I wish I needed a regular laptop lol
  • Currently own a Yoga 900 series with the watchband hinge. Easily one of the best laptops I’ve ever owned. It’s very light too. But this thing is actually lighter and with and a bigger screen. Currently only have a 13” screen. Having 14 would help when running Visual Studio. Also front facing speakers. 4K. 8th gen i7. Super thin bezels. And 2.64 pounds? Crazy cool. Home run by Lenovo.
  • Sadly this one has no touchscreen is seems, hence also the reduces weight. Kindy annoying of Lenovo to call it a Yoga.
  • Whoa Nelly! If that's true, then the otherwise perfect laptop is a complete nonstarter for me. I take away the "home run" call and knock it down to a mere bunt attempt. In 2019, touch is essential. I may not use it all the time, but I use it enough. And after having had it for 4 blessed years there's no way I could ever go back. What a crying shame. You're right, they should NOT have called this a Yoga.
  • Dang, no touch. That's a shame.
  • It's not a Yoga but a Ideapad... oops! Sure, they can spin this but it means diluting the Yoga brand to include clamshell laptops.
  • Totally agree. To me the Yoga brand was the first OEM brand I started identifying with 2 in 1s... a laptop AND a tablet. The whole notion of a non-touch Yoga is ridiculous to me, and yes, dilutes the brand. Crying shame too, because in so many ways this machine rocks.
  • It is yoga series but haven't seen any pictures or videos of it being used as a tablet. Is it 2-in-1?
    If it is, I might return my surface book 2 and wait for this.
  • Somewhere Lenovo messed up in terms of branding, as logically this laptop would fall under the Ideapad branding. Which is also indicated by Lenovo's website itself (the promo page). I just hope they haven't batch manufactured it with the Yoga branding... otherwise it will be a costly recall and rebrand. Generally after the product is prototyped and given the final go ahead there is usually the final inspection stage to give the go ahead. Unless this process has been automated to increase efficiency and reduce lead time in the supply chain... which would make sense as I doubt this would get the final approval with such an oversight. It's fixable, just will be costly.
  • Look's like Daniel's jet lagged lol. Joking aside, you guys must be crazy busy - it's the idea pad S940 and not a Yoga Dan ;). Or it could be Lenovo pulled a switcheroo on you guys 0.0... https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fc%... Edit: LMAO... my bad! just watched the video... it's Lenovo who messed up hahahahaaha. Edit 2: Yup, Lenovo messed up... as site navigation is brokenish -> Home > DefaultCategoryName - 8 > Ideapad > IdeaPad S900 Series > S940 as the page link for "IdeaPad S900 Series" doesn't work. Therefore the S940 page is only accessible by the promo page - https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fc%... Yikes... I don't envy being the person or team that messed up on the branding...
  • No idea what you are going on about. Lenovo have changed their branding & all their premium devices are now labelled as 'Yoga'. Yoga S means 'slim', D 'detachable', A 'all in one', etc.
  • This is confusing of Lenovo. Yoga term makes sense for 2-1 models cause of the added flexbility, using the term for clamshell models doesn't make much sense.
  • @Steve78UK. It's plain as day as the promo page calls it Idea pad S940 and the page calls it Idea pad S940 (both poges are linked in my comment). However the S900 series link in the site navigation tree is broken (missing page - https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fc%... ). But to access the actual S940 page containing all the support info and specs you have to use their CES promo page. So it means there has been a screw up somewhere. What you're saying they would rather dilute a brand that has now the mindshare association for 2 in 1s and flexible PCs to include slim clam shells laptops? That from a marketing standpoint makes absolute zero sense especially this laptop doesnot offer touch at all (let alone windows ink support and pen support).
  • Agree with the @TechFreak1 on this one. This is super confusing branding. The name Yoga to me implies bendable, flexible, convertible. It was such a clever name, and thus was the first brand I personally identified with at the start of the 2-in-1 craze. From now on every time I consider the brand I'll have to closely read the specs to make sure I'm looking at a true 2-in-1 and not a clamshell.
  • If this was a Macbook with the same specs they would easily have charged $2500-3000.
    This Lenovo laptop is a good deal.
  • Thanks Dan for this short review :). I am considering buying a new laptop in 2019 / 2020 to replace my old 2012 Apple Macbook Air. I am not really considering an Apple laptop, as Apple executives clearly screwed up the user experience with the butterfly keyboard that I don’t like (and have plenty of negative reviews). I am looking for a thin, lightweight laptop for mainly content comsuption, with good autonomy and overall good user experience, and so far one of the laptop that I like the most is the Huawei Matebook X Pro because it feels premium quality and it is a thin, lightweight laptop, with a good autonomy and good keyboard / trackpad / sound. However, I would prefer an IR Windows Hello camera over the fingerprint reader because, it is more convenient : with the IR Windows hello camera, you don’t have to reach to the fingerprint reader for authentication which I like better (more seamless). This Lenovo computer have many advantages (but not all as I prefer 3:2 screen ratio, and at least 1 legacy USB-A port) of the Huawei Matebook Pro X, with the advantage of IR windows Hello camera : so I will had it to my list of Windows computers for my benchmarking before taking any decision but I am anyway likely wait to see reviews of Windows computer with
    the future Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx before taking a final decision as it is VERY VERY promising !!!