Lenovo launches Yoga 730, a sleek 2-in-1 with Alexa support

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Lenovo unveiled two new laptops at MWC, 2018- the Yoga 730 and Flex 14. The mid-range convertibles come with a slew of minor tweaks and Intel’s 8th gen processors along with inbuilt Alexa support.


Let's start with Yoga 730, a sleek 2-in-1 that will be available in 13- and 15-inch variations. The Yoga 730 is quite similar to last year’s Yoga 720 with few minor design tweaks. The back edge of both the top and bottom of the computer now come to a pleasant, bubbly edge, and the hinge slopes down between them. That also allows there to be some distance between the screen and keyboard when flipped into tablet mode, which is supposed to make the computer somewhat easier to hold.

Though we don't know about the base specs as yet, but we know they'll go up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The smaller version will offer up to 512GB of SSD storage while its larger sibling ramps up to a beefy 1TB. On the 13-inch laptop, you'll have to be content with integrated graphics but the 15-inch model can be specced up to a gaming-friendly Nvidia GTX 1050. Both come with built-in JBL speakers and the option of a 1080p or 4K touchscreen.

For added layer of security, Lenovo has added an integrated fingerprint reader through Windows Hello in the Yoga laptops. However, the most interesting change is the built-in Alexa support which adds to Microsoft's Cortana built into the Yoga 730, making it two voice-enabled assistants on the laptops. The above addition has been possible due to the newly introduced far-field microphones.

The 13-inch and 15-inch Yoga 730 will start at $880 and $900 respectively. They cost considerably more than the $600 Flex 14, which will ship with an Intel Core i3 processor and a 1080p touchscreen. You can upgrade to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 512GB SSD, 16GB of DDR RAM and an Nvidia GeForce MX130 graphics card, but these will cost you extra.