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The Lenovo Yoga 9i is one of the most unusual laptops available today. Or maybe one of the most unusual tablets out there.
Either way, it’s a dual-screen device with two 13.3-inch, 2880 x 1800-pixel OLED touchscreen displays connected by a 360-degree hinge that can be used in multiple modes. Powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core processor, the Yoga Book 9i comes with Windows 11 software and comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and pressure-sensitive pen. First unveiled in January, the Yoga Book 9i is now available for over $2000.
Starting price is for model with Intel Core i7-1355U processor, 16GB LPDDR5x-6400 memory and 512GB M.2 2242 PCIe Gen 4 SSD. Upgrading to the 1TB SSD model costs an additional $100.
You can certainly find cheaper laptops with this kind of hardware built in, but it’s not the processor, memory and storage that makes the Yoga Book 9i stand out. The computer’s dual-screen design allows it to be used in a variety of ways. Among other things, you can:
- Open the computer like a laptop, place the bluetooth keyboard on top of the bottom display and use it like one.
- Put the screen in laptop mode and use the pen to draw on the lower display or use the on-screen keyboard instead of the Bluetooth keyboard.
- Use a folio case to prop up the display, stack the two screens on top of one another, and place the keyboard in front.
- Place the two screens horizontally side by side with them upright.
- Flip the screen back to back and use your computer like a single screen tablet.
Whether it’s worth paying the premium price for that kind of multi-modal feature is a question each user will have to answer for himself. But it’s nice to see Lenovo continue to push the limits of laptops. The company was one of the first to introduce a convertible tablet-style laptop that uses a 360-degree hinge rather than a 180-degree swivel hinge.
And the company’s ThinkBook Plus line of laptops has had unusual designs year after year. What I have to imagine is a relatively small group of people interested in trying something very different.
At just 16 mm (0.63 inches) thick and weighing 1.34 kg (3.15 pounds), it’s not the thinnest and lightest tablet. However, it is fairly compact by laptop standards.
Each screen on the Yoga Book 9i has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 400 nits brightness, and supports multi-touch finger input or the Lenovo Digital Pen (3rd Gen) stylus.
The computer has three Thunderbolt 4 ports, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support, a 5MP IR webcam with privacy shutter and Windows Hello facial recognition support, and a Bowers & Wilkins speaker system with a set of speakers on the hinge. You should be able to hear clearly in any mode. The speaker includes 2 tweeters and 2 woofers and supports Dolby Atmos audio.
Unsurprisingly, two OLED displays can consume a lot of power, and Lenovo only promises a run time of up to 7.3 hours for typical use. However, you can get up to 14 hours of battery life if you’re watching a video on a single screen, or up to 10 hours if you’re watching a video on two screens simultaneously.
The Lenovo Yoga Book 9i is currently available on Lenovo.com.
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