Lenovo's range of Yoga laptops overlays entertainment and work tasks more cleverly than the company's premium X1 line. The new Yoga S940 contains a set of new technologies "Smart Assist" that allow users to quickly switch from a simple navigation to a simple company.
Yoga convertible laptops contain 8th generation Intel Core processors, as well as a contoured "Contour Glass" screen, with a sleek design and rounded edges, much like a smartphone. (The S940 Yoga offers a 90% screen / screen ratio, says Lenovo.) And Lenovo has also adopted Thunderbolt technology, with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 compatible ports on the side of the chassis. Speakers powered by Dolby Atmos are also included.
But what the company is talking about here in Las Vegas at CES 2019 is the Yoga S940.
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The Contour glass surrounds the display at the corners and gives them a rounded and pleasant appearance. The Thunderbolt port pair of the S940 is also shown here.
The artificial intelligence features included in the new Smart Assist package. According to Lenovo, the idea is that you can commute between work and play. It's a scenario that freelancers, remote workers and other people may encounter in shared workspaces or something as banal as a coffee shop: one minute you're browsing without saying anything the next minute, you are at the hour.
Smart Assist technologies include:
Mirametrix integrated Glance technology: This provides eye tracking as well as presence detection. Unlike the eye tracking technology associated with Tobii, Mirametrix's Glance does not attempt to establish itself as a "mouse for the eyes"; it looks rather your face to generally detect where you look and if you are on your PC. If Glance can not detect your presence, it can erase or lock your PC. If you move your focus to a second monitor, move your mouse to "teleport" to the new screen, without having to scroll repeatedly.
Filtering ambient noise: To eliminate background noise. An associated Lenovo feature (which should also be provided to Windows via Microsoft Teams) will also filter the background – or hiding behind – of the user-oriented camera during a video call.
Speech Recognition: You can also train yoga to recognize your voice when you talk to Amazon Alexa or Cortana. Naturally, Windows Hello (as a user-oriented depth camera) also allows you to connect.
Power optimization: Lenovo says the Yoga S940 will also learn from your behavior and automatically switch to low power mode when needed. note that the battery life will drop significantly from 15 hours to 9.5 hours, depending on users, depending on whether users opt for a 2400p or 1080p screen.
The curved profile glass of Lenovo adds a little style to the Yoga S940 display.
One of Lenovo's strengths has always been its convenient Vantage software utility, which upgrades the BIOS, allows you to access warranty and service information, and adjust notebook functions. Smart Assist seems equally useful.
Note that you do not have some of the iconic technologies in the ThinkPad line, such as the red TrackPoint node. But the Yoga series has a slightly more affordable price, with more user-friendly technologies.
Prices will start at $ 1,499 when the Yoga S940 laptop is shipped in May, said Lenovo.
Lenovo Yoga S940 Basic Specification
Price: $ 1,499 MSRP