Just like the Dell XPS 13 I reviewed a week ago, the Lenovo Yoga 910 is a 13-inch laptop equipped with the latest Intel mobile processor series; Kaby Lake. Both devices use the same i7-7500U CPU, but apart from that, they are much different devices. The latest Intel microarchitecture brings to the table many enhancements in the CPU's integrated graphics core; one of those is much better 4K support. Lenovo offers the Yoga 910 with both 1080p and 4K panels and is one of the first notebooks capable of streaming Netflix in 4K. The Yoga 910 is also a 2-in-1 notebook, meaning it can act as a laptop, flip 360 degrees into tablet mode, or even sit up like a tent.
Kaby Lake might be up in the air when it comes to desktop level improvements, but in the mobile arena, it does bring in bigger integrated graphics muscle. If you suffer from FOBO (fear of better options), I would say it is safe to upgrade your mobile device now to one with an Intel 7th Generation Core processor. Luckily, almost all major vendors are on board with refreshed models, and competition is fierce.
Let's see what the Yoga 910 has to offer.
Our configuration uses an i7-7500U, 8GB of DDR4, Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A 2x2 Wireless AC/BT 4.1, a 13.9" 1920x1080 300-nit IPS display, Samsung PM951 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 720p 1MP camera, fingerprint sensor, and a 78Wh battery. It weighs in at 3.04lbs and is 12.72x8.84x0.56" WxDxH. It has one of the biggest batteries in its class and a screen that is almost 14".
Regarding connectivity, you get one USB 3.0 type-A (normal) port, a USB 3.0 type-C port (that supports DisplayPort functionality), and a USB 2.0 type-C port that acts as a charging port. It doesn't have Thunderbolt 3 support, which should lower its price tag.
The i7-7500U has a base frequency of 2.7GHz with a 3.5GHz Turbo and operates at a 15W TDP which can be configured up or down by the vendor (Lenovo). While Dell used slightly faster DDR3 memory, Lenovo opted to use DDR4, which offers higher density and increased power savings.
The difference in performance should be negligible between the XPS 13 and Yoga 910 in real life, but benchmarks will show how the RAM choices, power limitations, and screen selection will affect scores and battery life.
The Yoga 910 starts at $1,179.99; our configuration is the base configuration.
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