Lenovo’s mid-range 700-series Yoga laptops have been getting good enough lately that you might think twice before stepping up to the top-tier 900-series devices. Now, after releasing 13 and 15-inch Yoga 720s earlier this year, the company is releasing a more portable 12-inch variant.
The new model is called, predictably enough, the Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch. You can spec it out with an i3, i5, or i7 processor — all from Intel’s 7th generation Core family. The 12-inch model isn’t quite as svelte as some of the competition — it’s thicker than a MacBook for sure, and weighs half a pound more. But then again, you get a faster processor and a cheaper price, as it starts at $649 for the base model.
That thickness also yields you both a USB-A and a USB-C port. It charges with a custom Lenovo power jack, which is a little annoying, but you can use USB-C to charge it if you want. I’d prefer Lenovo to have just put in another USB-C port. It supports Windows Hello via a built-in fingerprint sensor and ships with a 12.-5-inch FHD IPS touchscreen, which itself supports Windows Ink if you have the right stylus. You can turn the screen all the way around into a tablet mode, though you’re not getting the fancy watch-style hinge Lenovo puts on its high-end machines. Lenovo says battery life should last “up to 8 hours.”
Speccing up the processor and RAM will be tempting and will definitely push the price well above that $649 starting point. I don’t know if the 12-inch Yoga 720 would count as an “ultrabook” (remember when we called them ultrabooks?), but I do know that it’s nice to see smaller-sized laptops that hit this mid-range zone with decent specs and build quality.
Lenovo says they’ll be available in October.