One of the few things the otherwise-excellent Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1 convertible laptop is missing is a convenient place to store its digital stylus. That all changes with the Yoga C930, which will replace the Yoga 920 in October for a starting price of $999. Instead of an awkward plastic stylus holder that plugs into a USB port and blocks the rest of the ports on the Yoga 920’s right edge, the Yoga C930 will come with what Lenovo calls a pen “garage,” a small channel built into the back edge that will hold the active stylus when it’s not in use. This garage is one of several minor improvements that suggests that the Yoga C930 will be even better than the Yoga 920 it replaces.

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Yoga Enters a New Era

The Yoga C930 derives its name from Lenovo’s new naming convention. The Yoga name originally signified that you were able to rotate a laptop’s screen to transform it into a tablet, once a novel feature. Now that convertible laptop designs are commonplace, Lenovo has decided to bestow the Yoga moniker on its entire premium line, even if the product happens to be a conventional laptop without a rotating hinge.

In fact, that very rotating hinge, which is a piece of luxury watchband-style bling on the Yoga 920, is now a far more ordinary-looking single piece of metal on the Yoga C930, looking like so…

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But the new hinge is actually anything but ordinary. Not only does its housing make room for the stylus holder on the upper right edge, but the hinge itself actually doubles as the laptop’s speaker grille, giving it a pleasingly perforated look.

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The new speaker position should theoretically result in better sound, too, since the grille will now be facing you regardless of whether the laptop is in laptop or tablet mode. The Yoga 920’s downward-firing speakers on the bottom of the chassis means that they’re most powerful when you use the Yoga 920 in tent/A-frame mode so that the speakers face you. In tablet and laptop configurations, the sound is a bit muffled. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test out the audio quality during the brief time Lenovo let me spend with the C930.

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In addition to the new hinge and integrated stylus holder, other improvements in the Yoga C930 include new far-range microphones that will work with voice assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. Lenovo has been at the forefront of Alexa’s integration with Windows 10, first announcing support at CES 2018 in January, but that integration has proven to be a slow process, with Alexa’s full capabilities arriving on Windows just a few weeks ago.

A fingerprint reader on the Yoga C930’s keyboard deck should make Windows sign-ins easier, and some versions of the laptop will include infrared sensors to let you log in using face recognition. If you don’t opt for the IR sensors, you’ll instead get a camera with a built-in sliding door to provide peace of mind if you’re worried about hackers spying on you.

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Also new for the C930 is displays that support Dolby Vision HDR, which Lenovo first debuted on the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon line earlier this year.

The Yoga C930 will come in several different color options besides gray, and Lenovo will also offer an option to add a futuristic glass display lid. I didn’t particularly like the blue wavy glass lid Lenovo showed me during the demo, which would certainly raise eyebrows in a conference room.

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Two Screen Options

Most of the other features of the Yoga C930 remain unchanged from its Yoga 920 predecessor. Processor options include energy-sipping eighth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, full HD (1,920 by 1,080) or 4K (3,840 by 2,160) touch screens, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, and a headphone jack. Unfortunately, there’s no memory-card reader, not even a microSD card slot.

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Storage options are plentiful, ranging from 256GB to 2TB, and each capacity uses the cutting-edge PCI Express SSD interface for fast data access. The baclkit keyboard feels very sturdy, even if it’s not quite as luxurious as the keys on the ThinkPad lineup, which are the most comfortable laptop keys I’ve ever typed on.

At 3.04 pounds, weight is up imperceptibly from last year, with the Yoga 920 coming in at 3.02 pounds.

Check back soon for PCMag’s full review of the Lenovo Yoga C930. In the meanwhile, check out a few more pics of this much-anticipated 2-in-1.

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