The Lenovo Yoga 700 series of 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrids might not be as fancy as the 900 series machines on the outside, but with solid specs on the inside, they’ve remained pretty decent deals. Lenovo just refreshed the 700 series with the 13″ and 15″ Yoga 730 this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while there haven’t been many changes made to the hardware or design, it does have a brand new digital assistant tenant joining Cortana in Amazon’s Alexa.
Amazon has struck up a deal with Lenovo to stick their Alexa assistant on the Yoga 730. It won’t exactly function like an Echo speaker, though — Alexa won’t respond when the Yoga 730 is asleep, so you’ll have to be logged in to issue voice commands. We don’t think there will be any friction in this co-habitation situation, though — last year, Microsoft and Amazon came to an agreement that would allow Alexa and Cortana to work together, with each handling their respective strengths (search and calendar management for Cortana, smart home and music control for Alexa).
Like all Lenovo Yoga machines, the Yoga 730 has a 360-degree hinge that allows for the keyboard to be folded all the way around, so the display can be used like a tablet. It doesn’t have that fancy, stylish watchband hinge that the 900 series does, meaning it’s not quite as thin and has more of a gap between keyboard and display when in tablet mode. The same basic design from last year has been carried over, including the aluminum build. The 13″ model remains very light for mobile workers at 2.47 pounds, while the 15″ weighs 4.17 pounds.
The only real change inside the Yoga 730 is the upgrade from 7th generation to 8th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs. Like last year, a discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU will be an option on the 15″ model, but not the 13″ model. Both can be configured with up to 16 GB of RAM, with the 13″ model maxing out at 512 GB of SSD storage and the 15″ model maxing out at 1 TB of SSD storage. Lenovo is also bringing back the 4K IPS display option for both, although 1080p is still standard across the board. According to Lenovo, the 13″ should get up to 11.5 hours of battery life regardless, while the 15″ model should get 9 hours with the 4K display and 11 hours with the 1080p display.
For security, the Yoga 730 still lacks a Windows Hello-certified camera, so you won’t be able to log in with your face. There is a fingerprint reader, though, so you won’t be totally without non-password ways to get into your computer.
Like before, the Yoga 730 will work with the Lenovo Active Pen 2, which has 4,096 levels of pressure, so the 4K options should be good choices for digital artists.
Besides the usual grey and silver, Lenovo is adding a copper option — but only in Europe. Bummer, because it looks pretty nice! Unfortunately, in the United States we’ll only get the boring old grey and platinum colors when the Yoga 730 arrives in April. Pricing for the U.S. hasn’t been determined yet.