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Lenovo Yoga 720 Gets A Facelift: Fingerprint Reader, 4K Displays & More

By Ana Cordero , Feb 28, 2017 03:08 AM EST
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The Mobile World Congress 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in its history. Lenovo has already confirmed the release of its new Yoga 720 laptops, which may not be the expected move. The new range of notebooks is not considered a premium release like the previous Yoga 900 units, but the company remained generous with the specs and features.

As The Verge has reported, the new Lenovo 720 was not designed to be a premium Windows 10 device, unlike the Yoga 900 laptops. The starting price of the upcoming models are about US$859.99, but it has all the fixings that the public has learned to associate with the product line. That mainly means the 360-degree hinge, but there is so much more to the device as well.

The Yoga 720 laptops are being refreshed with Intel's latest seventh generation Core i7 processors. Furthermore, Lenovo has confirmed 16GB of RAM as well as 1Tb of HDD storage or 512GB of SSD. There were also fingerprint sensors added to both the 13 inch and 15-inch models, which allowed the addition of Windows 10 Hello support. What is evidently absent, however, is the infrared camera that scans your face. It looks as if this technology is being held for the company's more premium releases.

Another upgrade that was given to the Yoga 720 models is a 4K display. There is some sort of payout, however, as the battery life will undoubtedly be affected. Lenovo has claimed that there will still be 7 hours of use on the 13-inch model and 8 hours on the 15 inch. It is also possible for users to settle on the regular full HD displays, which will allow energy for another hour or so for both models. Both also offer support for Lenovo's active stylus.

The publication notes that both models look and feel very much like Lenovo's top of the line Yoga laptops, even if the price tag does not support it. Both are fitted with prevision trackpads as well as the quality keyboard that users have come to expect from the company.

And while the models are largely similar, there is one notable difference between the two. That is, the larger model provides users with the option for the Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. This option allows individuals to have better gaming graphics, but it is not enough power to support the virtual reality that would be possible with the GTX 1060 graphics card.

ArsTechnica has added that the 13 inch model of the 720 Yoga laptop is fitted with one USB 3.0 port, while the larger option has two. Both sport the standard 3.5mm audio jack, but neither have SD card readers. And of course, the more obvious weight and size differences.

The 13 inch Yoga 720 is 14.3mm thick and weighs just under three pounds. It is also available n platinum silver, iron gray, and copper. Meanwhile, the larger 15-inch version is 19.9mm at its thickest and weighs about 4.41 pounds. However, it is unavailable in a copper finish. Both models are expected to hit the market by April.

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