Lenovo Yoga Chromebook hands-on: $599 gets you a whole lot of laptop

Lenovo takes on MacBook Pro with the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Lenovo takes on MacBook Pro with the new ThinkPad X1 Extreme

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 SoC, which is essentially a tweaked Snapdragon 845, at Computex 2018 and promised 30% more performance, 20% faster Gigabit LTE, and 20% more battery life than the Snapdragon 835. That said, these machines were based on an earlier Qualcomm chipset, so the Snapdragon 850 may resolve these performance issues.

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS starts at €999 (including VAT) or from US$850 in the U.S. and is expected to be available starting November 2018.

The fact that you can flip that massive screen over into various convertible modes doesn't seem all that useful at first in a laptop this big, but when you think about getting the keyboard out of the way to enjoy some TV episodes or movies on that excellent 4K screen, it makes sense.

In a hands-on with the laptop, ZDNet's sister site CNET found the virtual keyboard to be better than on the first-generation YogaBook but still lacking the responsiveness and feedback of a physical keyboard.

Lenovo is also looking to break into the smart home market with three new connected devices - a smart plug, smart bulb and smart camera - that can connect to the company's Lenovo Link app for users to control using their smartphones.

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The E Ink screen can also be used as a drawing board.

The Windows 10 laptop will be available with Intel Core m5 and i5 processors, will have a 2,560 x 1,600 primary display, and Dolby Atmos speaker support. The main USP of WOS laptops is their long battery life and Lenovo claims 25 hours+ of juice on a single charge of the 61 Wh battery. The $999 is only the starting price, though - the more powerful models will be more expensive.

It also has an on-board Intel HD 620 graphics core. The C930 will also include an active pen that charges when its stashed in its garage built into the back edge of the body.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be available from September with a starting price of €1,695. So not only does this function as a digital keyboard, consumers can also use the space as a second screen for reading PDFs, or as a notepad to draw, take notes, etc. Yoga Book C930 comes only in Windows this time, there's no Android version. The new ThinkPad X1 Extreme is powered by up to Intel Core i9 processor, up to 64GB of memory and dual PCIe SSD storage option and NVIDIA GeForce 1050Ti graphics to meet the needs of advanced users.

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