The Lenovo Yoga range of notebooks have come a long way since their release in 2012, with the Yoga 11 being discontinued a mere few months later thanks to a lack of sales with Windows RT devices. Fast forward just over 4 years and Lenovo have fine-tuned the 2-in-1 into a device that is not known for its flexibility and portability, but also its sleek design and outstanding performance. Today, Lenovo are continuing to build on that reputation with the release of the Yoga 720 and Yoga 520. A Full HD 13-inch display and 9 hour battery life on the 720 are it’s stand out features, with an 8 hour battery life on the 15.6” UHD display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. But it is not just beautiful aesthetics and long battery life, as Lenovo have gone with a 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.
The Yoga 520 is not too far off the pace of the 720, with a 14” IPS display in either HD (1366 x 768), or Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. It also comes with a 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory. Graphics processing power has been toned down with a GeForce 940MX unit that should be enough to get most done, although don’t expect to do much gaming on this 2-in-1. In terms of pricing and availability, the Yoga 720 will go on sale in April with the 13-inch version starting at €999, and the 15.5” starting at €1099. You will need to wait a little longer for the 520, with a release date of July and a starting price of €599. Below is the full press release from Lenovo:
Lenovo Press Release
Consumer preference for authenticity and personalization is intensifying more than ever. As such, the desire for authentic behavior is surfacing as a top consumer value – from what’s expected of brands, down to individuals’ unfiltered selfies and living authentic lifestyles.1 Personalization has been taken to a completely new level from curated subscription food services to customizable cosmetics.
Rather than adapting to new technology, people want their technology to adapt to them. More than just a personal computer, the new generation of multitaskers want their PCs to offer personal computing at home, in the office and everywhere in between.
Keeping it Real
When it comes to authenticity and personalization, the new Yoga 720 and 520 take it to heart by incorporating what users told us they wanted. They’re ultra-portable. They’re versatile. And they’ve got feature-rich functionality. Together we built personalized features into the new Yoga convertibles. Check out some examples of how we turned user feedback into reality.
You Asked For Versatility
As the lines of work and home life continue to blur, users need consistency and continuity across every facet of their lives (work, home, school, hobbies) and are weary of switching from one computer to another based on location or activity. Today, we’re just as likely to create a presentation from a café as streaming Netflix® in the office, and increasingly users need a PC that’s as versatile as they are. The versatile Yoga 720 and Yoga 520 are ideal for multitaskers who want to effortlessly switch between budgeting on a spreadsheet with full keyboard in laptop mode to sharing a video in tent mode.
For our highly mobile lives, device portability is a must for personalized computing on the go. We made the new 13-inch Yoga 720 13 percent lighter and 17 percent thinner than before at 14.3mm and 1.3kg, while its younger sibling Yoga 520 is also thinner and lighter than before at just 19.9mm and 1.74kg.2 But even after shedding weight, the new Yoga convertibles don’t trade off portability with long battery life. Over half of users we spoke to value long battery life,3 so we designed the 15-inch Yoga 720 with up to 9 hours of battery life in FHD and the Yoga 520 with up to a whopping 10-hour battery life in FHD.4 Without plugs and cords, binge watching a full season of Game of Thrones® on a large screen has never felt so personal, portable and free.
You Asked For Best-in-Class Performance
We found a majority of users value quality performance above all else, for daily computing needs like online shopping and writing longer emails.5 That’s why we packed a ton of speed and power under the hood of both the Yoga 720 and Yoga 520, including up to the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and Windows 10. Because customers valued performance so much, we made the 15-inch Yoga 720 the most powerful convertible laptop in its class,6 with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 discrete graphics and blazing-fast Thunderbolt™ 3 for the world’s fastest data transfers.7 With the new Yoga convertibles, users get the real deal with a top-of-the-line PC and top-notch performance.
And Writing on a Pen
For many of us drawing and writing with a pen helps to reframe content in a way that makes it more memorable and meaningful. In fact, 18 percent of convertible users told us they use a digital pen or stylus.8 Not only is writing with a pen natural to human understanding, for many of us it feels more personal and offers richer ways to express our thoughts. Coupled with an ultra-responsive touchscreen, the new Yoga 720 and Yoga 520 both offer optional active pen support for editing, note-taking and sketching on Windows Ink™ for more authentic personal expression.
Seeing is Believing
People no longer just sit on the couch to watch movies – they want their movies available to them wherever they go. The new Yoga convertibles are packed with high-quality entertainment features because when it comes to the PC, a staggering 97 percent of users think a great display reigns supreme as the number one feature.9 And close to 70 percent of respondents pay attention to a thinner bezel for a better visual experience.9 This informed our design of the Yoga 720 with its breathtaking 4K IPS display (3840 x 2160) and ultra-narrow bezels – fitting a 13-inch screen into a 12-inch form factor for crystal clear videos on-demand. Better yet, the Yoga 720 has JBL® speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium to match for a moving audio experience.
And It Doesn’t Get More Personal Than the Fingerprint
Remembering dozens of complex passwords can be a chore. Many of us are tired of the hassle of logging in with passwords and want a safe, convenient and more personal way to help secure the PC. 75 percent of users surveyed find bio-authentication as an appealing next-gen laptop feature.10 When it comes to bio-authentication technology, using fingerprints ranked as the most useful and easy to use.10 We listened and added an advanced integrated fingerprint reader on the Yoga 720, as well as making it an option on the Yoga 520. With a touch of their finger, users can swiftly and securely log onto their new Yoga convertibles through Windows Hello™. So when it comes to authenticating your PC, nothing says you quite like your unique fingerprint.
Technology like the new Yoga convertibles are enabling more authentic and personalized experiences. As user needs continue to evolve PC design and drive next-gen features, we will continue to innovate and deliver the experiences they want.
In EMEA, the 13-inch Yoga 720 starts at €999 and the 15-inch starts at €1,099 available beginning in April 2017.11 Yoga 720 color options are Platinum Silver, Iron Grey and Copper (on the 13-inch model only).11
The Yoga 520 (14-inch) starts at €599 available beginning in July 2017. 11 Yoga 520 color options are Mineral Grey and Onyx Black.11