Lenovo leads PC refresh with Yoga 900 and Miix 700

The Lenovo Yoga 900.
The Lenovo Yoga 900.PHOTO: LENOVO
The Lenovo Miix 700.
The Lenovo Miix 700. PHOTO: LENOVO
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro. PHOTO: LENOVO
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y900.
The Lenovo Ideacentre Y900.PHOTO: LENOVO
The Lenovo Ideacentre All-In-One 700.
The Lenovo Ideacentre All-In-One 700.PHOTO: LENOVO
The Lenovo Yoga 700.
The Lenovo Yoga 700.PHOTO: LENOVO

SINGAPORE - Leading PC vendor Lenovo has refreshed its lineup with new tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, and the majority of these devices run on the latest Windows 10 software, powered by Intel's new sixth-generation Skylake processors.

Leading the pack are the Lenovo Yoga 900 and the Miix 700.

Hailed by Lenovo as the world's thinnest convertible laptop with an Intel Core chip, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is a mere 14.9mm thick and weighs just 1.3kg. Like the Yoga 3 Pro that preceded it, the Yoga 900 has a watchband-like hinge that gives it a more luxurious built. This flexible hinge rotates the Yoga's 13-inch screen by 360 degrees, enabling the device to switch between laptop and tablet forms.

More importantly, Lenovo has upgraded the processor from a low-power Core M chip, to a more powerful sixth-generation Core i5 or i7 processor. The Yoga 900 will be available at the end of the month from $1,999.

A more affordable model, the Yoga 700, will be available at the same time from $1,799. This 14-inch version comes with an Nvidia GeForce graphics chip and is slightly heavier, at 1.6kg.

The Ideapad Miix 700 looks to be Lenovo's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. Like the Surface Pro, the 12-inch Miix 700 has an integrated kickstand. This kickstand uses Lenovo's distinctive watchband hinge, and can be adjusted to an unlimited number of stops, for a more personalised resting position. The Miix has a magnetic keyboard accessory that doubles as a case.

Lenovo has equipped the Miix with Intel's Core M processor. While this chip is not as fast as the Core i5 or i7 processors used for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, it draws less power and does not require a cooling fan. The Lenovo Miix 700 will be available next month from $1,299.

For those looking at a small tablet for media consumption, the Miix 300 is a Windows 8.1 tablet with an 8-inch screen. Available next month, it is priced at an affordable $499.

If you are looking for a larger tablet, the new Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a 10.1-inch Android slate that packs a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display. Like the older Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, its main feature is a built-in 70-inch projector. But Lenovo has improved the placement of the projector so that it can now rotate 180 degrees to beam images onto the wall or the ceiling. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro goes on sale in December from $899.

Desktop PC users can choose between the Ideacentre Y900 and the Ideacentre All-In-One 700. The former is a beefy gaming desktop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics chip, while the latter is an all-in-one computer that comes with either a 24-inch or a 27-inch display.

The 24-inch model is priced from $1,399 and will be available next month. The Ideacentre Y900 is bundled with a 23.8-inch monitor and has a starting price of $2,699. It will also be available in November.

For the budget crowd, Lenovo has a number of new Ideapad laptops available this month. The Ideapad 100S is priced at $299 for the 11-inch version, and $499 for the 14-inch model. They have between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, and are powered by Intel's Atom and Celeron chips.

The Ideapad 500S are available in 11 and 14-inch models, but they come equipped with the more capable Intel Core processors, optional Nvidia graphics, and are priced from $1,049.

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