There were quite a few interesting laptops and notebooks showcased at the CES 2019 but the one that caught my eye the most is the Lenovo Yoga S940. The Yoga series laptops have always been my favorite as they offer beastly specs packed in a really slim chassis along with a bezel-less display. I was able to spend some time with the S940 at the event so here are my initial impressions.
Build And Design:
Starting off with design, the first thing you are going to notice about the Lenovo Yoga S940 is its contoured glass display which has nothing do with the functionality but it is kind of curved around the edges making the already tiny bezels look even smaller.
There will be two display configurations available, a 1080p Full HD variant with Dolby Vision HDR and a 4K HDR400 support. Without a doubt, I must say that these displays look absolutely amazing and consuming media on this device will be a really great experience.
It is a 19.9 inch display with almost no bezels, the previous generation Yoga devices used to have this huge chin but this time around you are getting all screen. They have gone with the ‘reverse notch’ technique above the display to house the cameras which we will talk more about in a bit.
The build quality is also really impressive and solid it has got a texturized finish which feels really nice and is also not prone to fingerprints so you don’t have to worry about wiping all smudges. It is extremely thin and measures at 319.3 x 197.4 x 12.2 mm and weighs only about 1.2 kg.
Specs And Features:
The Lenovo Yoga S940 is not all about the visual experience, it also packs some really great specs under the hood. For starters, it is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor paired up with 16 Gigs of RAM and 1TB fast storage SSD. So you can expect some pretty snappy performance with no lag no matter what you throw at it.
The only downside is that it does not feature a discrete GPU and relies on Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which is decent for day to day tasks and some lightweight video editing but don’t expect it to run graphics intensive games or be able to do 4K video editing.
Moving on the laptop’s webcam supports a couple of nifty features including facial recognition so you won’t have to enter your password every time you want to log in. Also, it features eye tracking which basically tracks your eye and if you are working on multiple displays then you wo n’t be needing to drag your cursor around to switch the display, it will instantly move the cursor to the display which you will be looking.
This feature also helps in security and will lock your laptop if it detects that you are not present. This all sounds really cool but we will have to wait and test it ourselves to see how well it actually works.
Taking a look at the I/o options, you get two Thunderbolt ports, one USB-C port, one USB 3.1 port, and headphone jack.
The battery life will, of course, depend upon which display configuration you go with – the 1080p model will give you about 17 hours of screen on time 4K model will only give around 7.5 hours which is quite less in my opinion. I have not personally tested out the battery life these are just rough numbers on the specs sheet.
Price And Availability:
The Lenovo Yoga S940 will be available in the market in May 2019 and will cost around $1,499. No details have been mentioned about when it will release in the UK or what will it cost but I guess it will be around £1,299 – 1,399.
The Yoga S940 seems like a great device with some pretty exciting features like contoured display and eye tracking capability. It also sports some top of the line specs in a really thin and attractive looking chassis. This device is perfect with yourself on the go, however, if you do a lot of gaming and video editing then this might not be the right option for you.