The Yoga™ 920 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop: Nearly 50 Years in the Making

Late next year will mark the 50th anniversary of an event many consider the birth of the personal computer. In December 1968, inventor Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco’s now-defunct Brooks Hall and delivered what would come to be known as ‘The Mother of All Demos.’ For more than 90 minutes, he dazzled his audience with a live demonstration of a computer mouse, WYSIWYG text and graphics editor, collaborative networking, hyperlinking and videoconferencing.1 All of these had never been seen before.

Years later, Engelbart would explain that he and his fellow engineers were focused not on improving the automation of computational processes but, instead, their augmentation.2 To be truly useful, Engelbart believed computers should empower their owners to use information in ways that were more natural and intuitive. This would give rise to still newer forms of thinking and technological innovation.

We’d like to think those early pioneers would be thrilled to see what that early commitment to improved human-machine interaction looks like in the form of the new Lenovo™ Yoga™ 920 2-in-1 convertible. From a digital smart pen capable of capturing our creative potential with pen-on-paper sensitivity and realism, to a voice-controlled digital assistant using artificial intelligence (AI) to learn from our habits; from biometric-level security that recognizes you from billions of other human beings, to mixed reality virtualization and augmentation of our immediate environment and surroundings… the new Yoga 920 illustrates the increasingly natural interface between humans and our machines.

Multimode Yoga 920 2-in-1 convertible improved for a more natural and intuitive experience

Voice: the most vital of human interactions

The global market for voice recognition is expected to be valued at $6.19 billion this year, likely to grow three times that by 2023.3 In fact, more than 60 million people, or fully one-fifth of the US population, is expected to use a voice-enabled intelligent assistant, like Cortana®, at least once a month this year.4 People will be interacting more with voice-enabled intelligent assistants, and Cortana enables Yoga 920 users to discover new ways of interacting with it.

The Yoga 920 is equipped with far-field technology that enables Cortana, a voice-activated intelligent assistant, to recognize voice commands from up to four meters away.5 This helps you get things done more easily and quickly with your voice, whether at home or at work. So whether you’re busy making dinner or getting ready for work, you can use Cortana to easily add items to a shopping list, play music, check the traffic, send a short email, track packages and much more.

Add items to a shopping list or send a short email with Cortana on the new Yoga 9202

Equally important, with your permission, Cortana can automatically recognize when you make a commitment in your email messages and will proactively suggest a reminder to you to follow through. For example, if you have promised to send a report to the boss, Cortana will bring this up and offer to set a reminder to do just that.

The pen is still mightier

Despite the growing popularity with voice response, many of the tasks people perform at the office or in school – particularly when it comes to creativity and production – still require a keyboard or pen. In the case of the Yoga 920, an optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 with 4,096 levels of pen sensitivity dramatically expands the creative and cross-application potential of the PC.

Windows Ink™ lets you write, draw or sketch on the Yoga 920 with optional Lenovo Active Pen 2

Offering pen-on-paper precision designed to give you no discernible lag, the Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink lets you sketch and paint original schematics or annotate existing graphics and documents on the fly. Working on a presentation? Use the pen’s shortcut button to open and check email for any last-minute contributions from the team, sketch them into the presentation, add some color and annotations, then send – all without setting down the pen.

Yoga 920 with optional Lenovo Active Pen 2

Recent research shows that students are better able to learn and express themselves with smart pens than through keyboard-generated content alone. Furthermore, students using digital pens “made more diagrams, constructed them correctly, and made more accurate inferences about the content displayed” than did those using a traditional pen or pencil.6 The bottom line: digital smart pens are good for computer users and serve as a great complement to the keyboard and mouse.

Power, packaging and presentation

In addition to more intuitive input like pen and voice, the Yoga 920 is powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor – Intel’s newest, powerful processor designed for what’s coming next. And it has Windows® 10 OS and twin Thunderbolt™ 3 technology ports – each of which support the world’s fastest data transfers and the most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while supplying power.7 Taking advantage of the hardware enabled security built into the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, the Yoga 920 has the convenience of an integrated fingerprint reader and Windows Hello™ for secure, instant biometric authentication.

Yoga’s signature watchband hinge offers incredible user flexibility, including typing in laptop mode, presenting in stand mode, browsing in tablet mode, or watching videos in tent mode.

Iconic 360-degree watchband hinge on the Yoga 920

When it comes to videos, the Yoga 920 arrives with a nearly bezel-less 4K IPS touchscreen offering dazzling visuals that bely its 13.9-inch size. Coupled with Dolby Atmos’ powerfully moving audio that flows above and around you when listening through headphones,8 the Yoga 920 offers immersive entertainment the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Those looking for even more immersive experiences on their Yoga 920 can plug in an optional Lenovo Explorer immersive headset for Windows Mixed Reality to try vivid virtual travel and gaming too.9

Immersive in music and videos with Dolby Atmos’ moving audio in the new Yoga 920

These premium features carry over to the Yoga 920’s design as well. Weighing in at just 1.37 kg (3.02 lbs) and an ultra-thin 13.95 mm (0.55 in), its case is all-metal unibody in distinctive platinum, copper or unique bronze color choices.10 We are particularly excited to bring to customers limited edition Gorilla® Glass cover designs: Yoga 920 Vibes, Star Wars™ Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire.10

Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 92010

From past to present

In 1968, computers were massive, costly and largely irrelevant to a majority of the human population. Fast forward nearly 50 years later, another technology visionary, Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing, “Today we are standing at the beginning of the fourth revolution [that] will transform how we work and live – in ways that no one could imagine in the 18th century – or even 18 months ago… It is Intelligent Transformation – a transformation that is driven by big data, cloud and AI.”

By incorporating voice recognition with AI capabilities, smart pen functionality, mixed reality options, biometric security, and other tools that empower users to make the most of their innate individual and collective potential, we believe PCs like the new Yoga 920 embody what the computer pioneers set out to create so many years ago.

Yoga 920 will start at €1,599.99 (VAT included) in September 2017. 11 Yoga 920 Vibes will start at €1799 (VAT included) . 11 Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Rebel Alliance and Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Galactic Empire will each start at €1,899 (VAT included) in December 2017. 11 All products are available on www.lenovo.com.11

Specs for Lenovo Yoga 920 can be found at http://www3.lenovo.com/ph/en/laptops/yoga/yoga-900-series/Yoga-920-13-inch/p/88YG9000859

Full 2017 IFA press kit at http://news.lenovo.com/IFA2017 

Discover more at www.lenovo.com/ifa.

1 “The click heard around the world,” Wired, January 2004: https://www.wired.com/2004/01/mouse/

2 “40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface,” The Verge, March 2013: https://www.theverge.com/2013/3/21/4127110/40-years-of-icons-the-evolution-of-the-modern-computer-interface

3 “Speech and Voice Recognition Market Global Forecast to 2023,” Markets and Markets, 2016: http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/speech-voice-recognition.asp

4 “Alexa, say what?! Voice-enabled speaker usage to grow nearly 130% this year,” eMarketer, May 2017: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Alexa-Say-What-Voice-Enabled-Speaker-Usage-Grow-Nearly-130-This-Year/1015812

5 Cortana with far-field voice-recognition technology supports up to 4 meters away and in standby mode, requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when available.

6 “Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer interfaces and their impact on learning” Sharon Oviatt: https://msp2l1160225102310.blob.core.windows.net/ms-p2-l1-160225-1023-13-assets/Microsoft_Computer_interfaces_and_their_impact_on_learning_widescreen_en-US.pdf

7  Thunderbolt FAQs: https://thunderbolttechnology.net/tech/faq

8 Dolby Atmos on Yoga 920 requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when available.

Mixed reality requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when available. Also requires purchase of a Lenovo Explorer immersive headset for Windows Mixed Reality and Type-C to HDMI adapter.

10 Cover designs and color options may vary by geography and may only be available in selected markets.

11 Prices may not include tax and do not include shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

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