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New Lenovo Yoga 900 laptop has poweful Intel Skylake processor

New Lenovo Yoga 900 laptop has poweful Intel Skylake processor


Similar design, better guts

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Windows 10 laptops abound this season, and Lenovo, the world's biggest PC maker, certainly wasn't going to miss all the fun.

Today the Chinese computer maker announced the new Yoga 900, the latest in its line of "bendy" convertible laptops that can be used as a traditional laptop, a tablet or a propped up display in tent mode.

Its gold body might be what catches your eye initially (or make you think of the gold MacBook); but as the saying goes, it's what's on the inside that counts. The Yoga 900 runs on the new sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 Skylake processor, a new chip from Intel that's supposed to offer greater performance and reduced power consumption. It comes with up to 16 gigabytes of memory, can be configured with a 512GB SSD and has JBL stereo speakers with Dolby Audio.

Slightly thicker than last year's Yoga Pro 3, but with better battery life

The Yoga 900 has a quad-HD, 13-inch display, a roomier keyboard and a larger trackpad than previous Yogas. At 2.8 pounds and 14.9mm thick, the Yoga 900 is just a tad heavier and bulkier than last year's Yoga 3 Pro, but that's to accommodate a bigger battery: Lenovo is estimating up to eight hours of battery life with this model, compared with the 7.4 hours of battery life with the Yoga 3 Pro. And Lenovo is still claiming it's the world's thinnest Core I convertible laptop.

And, of course, it's running on Windows 10, taking advantage of the Continuum feature that lets users switch between keyboard and tablet mode more easily.

Lenovo has certainly gotten favorable reviews over the past few years for its Yoga line, blending high-performance with sleek design and an innovative hinge that lets users bend the laptop in all sorts of ways. Still, its biggest line of business is still its ThinkPad line of laptops. And while the Yoga sells well in the U.S. and Europe, it's less popular in China, a market where other Lenovo products dwarf competitors.

The new Yoga 900 convertible laptop starts shipping today for $1,199.99 for the base model, and comes in three colors: silver, orange, and gold. That's not your $500 holiday laptop bargain, but then again, the top-of-the-line Lenovo Yogas never are.