Lenovo’s latest laptops have two full-size screens instead of one. At CES 2023, the company announced the Yoga Book 9i, billed as “the first full-size dual-screen OLED laptop.” It’s reminiscent of the dual-screen foldable Surface Neo that Microsoft announced but didn’t manufacture (but bigger).
Each Yoga Book screen is a 13.3-inch, 2.8K screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and supports Dolby Vision, which Lenovo calls “PureSight.” Powered by Intel’s 13th Gen Core i7-U15 processor, it features up to 16 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512 GB or 1 TB of PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage.
But instead of using a single folding screen like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, the Yoga Book 9i uses two panels that fold together into a neat clamshell. This allows for many standard convertible 2-in-1 features such as tablet mode and tent mode. You can stack the screens or use them side by side. The device is 11.78 x 8.03 x 0.64 inches and weighs 3.04 pounds. Like some of Lenovo’s other Yoga flagships, it has a hinged 360-degree rotating soundbar.
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Unlike the Neo, which was conceived like a tablet, the Lenovo comes with a folio stand that holds the screen at an angle, so it feels more like a laptop. You can also hold it so that the screens are one on the bottom and one on the top, like ). Please check if it is. It’s nice to see it built into the device, but I’m not sure it’s all that sophisticated if it is.
There’s also a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that can be used separately from the device or attached to the device to mimic a clamshell laptop, similar to a stylus. Windows 11’s window management and snapping tools should also help with dual screen layouts.
Lenovo emphasizes the Yoga Book’s ability to be used in the office or classroom. You can use the software to take notes or give presentations while looking at one screen and viewing the other. You can switch between using the two screens separately or by tapping with five fingers he merges them into one display. Connect accessories and other devices with three Thunderbolt 4 ports.
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The device comes in a very eye-catching ‘Tidal Teal’ color, and I’m a little surprised to not see a gray or silver version listed. That’s certainly one way to make a statement.
We’ve seen two screens used in Lenovo’s Yoga Book lineup before, and usually one of them is the e-ink displayA full-sized dual-screen laptop was announced by Asus in at least 2018. project precog.
The Yoga Book 9i will be available in June with prices starting at $2,099.99.
more traditional option
Lenovo also announced some traditional 2-in-1 designs with the Yoga 9i, Yoga 6 and Slim 7.
The 9i and Yoga 6 are refreshes of previous models. The 9i is powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 P-series chip, with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage. There are 4K (3840 x 2400) and 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED display options. The Yoga 6 uses AMD’s Ryzen 7 7730U or Ryzen 5 7530U (these are Zen 3 chips) and comes with up to 15GB LPDDR4x and up to 1TB SSD storage. It has a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen with metal and fabric finishes. The Yoga 9i will start at $1,499.99 when it ships in April, while the Yoga 6 will start at a lower $729.99 around the same time.
The Slim 7 is a new device (known outside the US as the Slim 6i) with a 14-inch, 16:10 screen in either 2880 x 1800, 2240 x 1400, or 1920 x 1200, and is the latest 13th generation Intel Core processors in an all-aluminum chassis. Starting at $729.99 in April.