Lenovo today unveiled its latest laptops, the Yoga 730 and Flex 14, during MWC 2018. These two new models follow last year’s Yoga 720 and Flex 5 and offer slight upgrades over their predecessors.
For starters, the 730 has some design tweaks like a redesigned hinge and an angled taper that’s present when the machine is in tablet mode for better gripability. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same.
You can’t say the same about the inside, however. In the Yoga 730, Lenovo includes up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and even an optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics chip. You’ll also find two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, and an audio jack.
On the Yoga 730, you’ll also find far-field microphones. These are meant to work with not only Cortana but also Alexa. Last year, Lenovo introduced the assistant on a few of their machines, and now it’s available on this year’s 730. It ships in the form of a pre-installed app and you’ll need to have your computer open and logged into in order for it to work, but it’s there anyway if you’ve always wanted Alexa on your PC.
Two different sizes are available: one with a 13.3-inch screen and the other with a 15.6-inch screen. Both can be configured with either a 1080p panel or 4K, but do note the battery probably won’t last the 11.5 hours Lenovo estimates with the latter. Colors include Platinum and Iron Grey for the United States and Copper for Europe.
In other news, the Flex 14 has also seen some design improvements and tweaks, but none are very significant. It comes in one size with a 14-inch display that can be configured with either a 1336×768 or 1080p panel. Both use touchscreens, therefore making this laptop a convertible. It comes in Onyx Black and Mineral Grey.
Inside the body, you’ll find up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, up to eight hours of battery life, and an optional Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics card. The Flex 14, unfortunately, doesn’t include any far-field microphones (or Alexa, for that matter), but it does offer more IO than the Yoga 730. Along its body, you’ll find two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, a full-sized SD card reader, a headphone jack, and an HDMI port. Admittedly, its design isn’t as slick as the 730, but it’s forgivable when considering how much more flexibility you have.
The Yoga 730 will start at around $900, while the Flex 14 will start at $600. Both laptops will launch this April.