At CES 2019, Lenovo reps told us that they’re moving the “Yoga” brand beyond the convertible form factor of the original Yoga laptop. Now the company is using it for a variety of premium offerings, making it more of an aesthetic than a feature.
That’s why the Yoga S940, despite its flexible name, is a conventional clamshell laptop without a double rotating hinge or a touchscreen display. But the thing is so pretty you might not notice its more button-down build.
The 13.9-inch laptop is an eye-grabber, with a bright 4K screen covered in contoured glass as you might expect on a smartphone. (A 1080p option is available on the base model for the frugal buyer.) Tiny bezels recall Dell’s much-loved Infinity Display laptops…but this one has enough space for forward-firing speakers on either side of the keyboard. They’re rated for Dolby Atmos, and the screen matches them with Dolby Vision certification.
Core specs include 8th-gen Intel Core processors, either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and between 256GB and 1TB of SSD storage. Lenovo says the laptop will last for up to 15 hours on a charge with the 1080p screen, though that gets significantly chopped to 9.5 hours with the 4K option. Ports are triple USB-C, two of which feature Thunderbolt video capability, plus a headphone jack.
There’s not much to set the Yoga S940 apart in terms of stand-out specs, and it’s neither the lightest (2.64 pounds) nor thinnest (12.2mm) laptop here at CES. But the package is appealing enough that it might win some fans when it debuts in May—we feel that it’s a clear winner among Lenovo’s consumer-facing laptops. It will start at $1500 for the base configuration.