Lenovo updates its flagship line of consumer laptops with the Yoga 9i series. Effectively replacing the Yoga C940 convertible and Yoga S940, the Yoga 9i and Yoga Slim 9i will be one of the first computers to use Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake processors and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. Both models can be configured with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, 2TB PCIe SSD, and 4K IPS displays (with touchscreen functionality on the Yoga 9i).
The Yoga 9i is offered in 14-inch and 15-inch models and retains most of the design elements of the Yoga C940, which includes its innovative rotating soundbar and garaged pen. New to the Yoga 9i is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and an optional leather cover.
Lenovo explains that the leather cover involves a special 20-step bonding process to maintain the leather cover’s appearance after several uses. Leather-covered models get an edge-to-edge glass palm rest and a smart sensor touchpad that provides haptic vibrations to simulate clicking.
The 15-inch model only gets 10th-generation Intel Core-H processors and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity but can be configured with a GTX 1650Ti GPU.
The Yoga Slim 9i, on the other hand, has the leather cover available by standard and comes with a three Thunderbolt 4 ports for the fastest possible connectivity speeds. It is also Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest notebook at 0.54 inches and 2.77 pounds.
Being Lenovo’s cream of the crop, the Yoga Sim 9i has its own set of unique features like the Smart Sense Keyboard—a feature that automatically adjusts keyboard backlighting based on ambient conditions, and a physical switch on the side for shutting off the webcam. You also get a bigger 63.5wHr battery that can last for up to 20 hours on a single charge and rapid charging tech that provides 4 hours of video playback with a 15-minute charge.