Lenovo likes to experiment with high-end design, and we've seen many premium materials and some interesting innovations in flagship 9-series ultraportables such as the Yoga 3 Pro with its wrist hinge and the Yoga 920 Vibes Edition with its patterned glass lid. The latest addition to this series is the Yoga S940, which is a more compact version for slim and light laptops. The Lenovo Yoga S940 weighs only 1.2 kg, has a lot of design flair and also has some fascinating AI-capable software functions. Lenovo hopes to compete against Dell's popular XPS 13 series, HP's luxury Specter models, and even the new MacBook Air in the premium ultraportable market. Here are our first impressions of the new Lenovo Yoga S940.
First, the Yoga S940 is not a 2-in-1 convertible, which is why we wonder why the company used its yoga sub-brand. It is also worth noting that in some countries, such as the United States, the exact same device is sold as the IdeaPad S940. It was first shown at CES in January this year and has only just come to India.
This laptop arrived in a deceptively small gift box, although the charger was packed separately. Apart from that, we have a very elegant laptop that is only 12.2 mm thick at its thinnest point. The lid, the sides and the keyboard deck are made of aluminum and have a dark sandblasted surface, which Lenovo calls iron gray.
The whole design is pretty minimalistic, but even if it doesn't look like much at first glance, this device feels good in the hand. Apart from the yoga logo on the lid, there is nothing to see. There are only two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports on the right side and another USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the left.
You can lift the lid with one finger, but this laptop is so light that it slipped around on our table when we did. After opening, you will see one of the characteristic design features of the Yoga S940 – a curved glass on the screen that wraps easily around the inside of the lid, as we are used to from premium smartphones today.
The screen is very glossy and reflections are inevitable, but it's also pretty high quality. In our short time with the Yoga S940, it was a pleasure to work with him. Lenovo sent us a device with Full HD resolution. However, you can also choose a 4K panel using Lenovo's new online configuration tool.
The keyboard keys are relatively flat and the whole thing bends a little in the middle and the arrow keys are pressed together. We found typing to be relatively easy, but we had to adjust our posture as there isn't much room for wrists to rest on. However, we liked the wide trackpad.
There are two speakers on the sides of the keyboard and two more on the bottom of the device. The sound is surprisingly loud and feels wide and open, although not much bass can be heard and distortion above the 50 percent volume level is a problem.
Lenovo's basic configuration for the Yoga S940 in India includes an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, a 256 GB NVMe SSD, a full HD screen and Windows 10 Home. The starting price on the Lenovo website is Rs. 1,25,133 including taxes. The RAM is soldered, so upgrades are not possible, but the SSD seems to be a standard M.2 module.
Upgrade prices on the Lenovo website are not bad – the 512 GB and 1 TB SSD options increase the price by a reasonable Rs. 2,574 or Rs. 6,435 respectively, while 16 GB of RAM is initially only Rs. 4,153 more than the standard 8 GB. The 4K screen is more of a treat that adds more Rs. 11,969 on the bill. Our test device has the Core i7-8565U CPU, a 1 TB SSD and 16 GB RAM, a Full HD screen and an optional Type-C to HDMI / VGA adapter in the packaging, which reduces the costs to rise to Rs. 1,46,184.
Other specifications that cannot be configured include an infrared HD webcam, a 52 Wh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.1. The battery life should be up to 15 hours on a Full HD panel, but only up to 7.5 hours on the 4K option. You should take this into account when deciding. We didn't have time to test the Yoga S940's battery life ourselves, but we're looking forward to a full review.
The AI features Lenovo talks about are only obvious when you search for them. The Yoga S940 offers several useful tricks, including facial recognition for signing in and eye tracking glance software that allows you to blur your background in video chats and dim the screen when you look away to protect your privacy ( as we saw with the Lenovo ThinkPad) X1 Extreme earlier this year). We look forward to testing these features in our detailed review, which will be released shortly.
The Lenovo Yoga S940 feels like a compelling package with great technical data at a reasonable price. The only problem we have at the beginning is how long it took Lenovo to bring it to India after the global launch in January – we already know that this model will be updated with Intel's upcoming 10th Gen 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ CPUs before the end of this year as part of the Athena project initiative. If this happens in the next few months, we can expect significantly better performance, responsiveness and battery life.
The full review of the Lenovo Yoga S940, which will thoroughly test performance, battery life, usability, and AI features, will be released soon.