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Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Ditches The Traditional Touchpad for Haptic Feedback

With the US holiday season just a few weeks away, Lenovo has announced its range of flagship laptops and tablets to round out the year. 

They’re headlined by the new Yoga 9i, the company’s flagship convertible. Available in 14in and 15in variants, the device aims to be extremely thin and light without compromising on performance.

Lenovo said the 9i would be powered by “the latest generation of processors that are coming soon”, hinting at Intel’s 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUs. 

However, the most eye-catching feature is what Lenovo is calling an ‘edge-to-edge palm rest’, making the entire area below the keyboard smooth to the touch. To make way for this, the traditional touchpad has been sacrificed in favour of a haptic navigation experience that’s housed under the glass. 

The new touchpad comes with a vibration response which is designed to simulate the feel of clicking, while also being 15% larger than its predecessor. The device also has extremely slim bezels, giving it an impressive 90.5% screen-to-body ratio. 

The Slim 9i shared many of the characteristics of its more expensive sibling, but in a more traditional clamshell form factor. Key features across both models include an electrical privacy shutter, ultra-thin cooling system and up to 18 hours of battery life

Lenovo’s tablet line has also had a significant refresh, the Tab P11 Pro being the highlight. The company’s new flagship slate comes with an 11.5in, 2560×1600 OLED screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G processor, alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Lenovo didn’t quote a specific battery capacity, but claims the Tab P11 Pro will last for up to 15 hours of video playback. It should also be great for audiophiles, with a JBL quad speaker system and Dolby Atmos support. 

The device is also available with a keyboard case and pen, the latter offering 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and 100-hour battery life. 

The more affordable Tab M10 HD lineup is also being expanded for its second generation. The 10.1in device runs Android 10 and can reach an impressive maximum brightness of 400 nits, while it can now be bundled with Lenovo’s Smart Charging Station (supports Google Assistant Ambient Mode) or Smart Dock (supports Alexa Show Mode).

Lenovo’s gaming laptops haven’t been left out though, with the new Legion Slim 7i claiming to be the world’s lightest 15.6in gaming laptop with RTX graphics. At just 3.9 pounds, it aims to provide stellar performance within an extremely slimline design. The device is powered by Intel Core processors up to i9, it comes with a full-size keyboard and display options between 60Hz and 144Hz. 

Last, but very much not least, is a bedside smart speaker called the Smart Clock Essential. In addition to an LED display and full Google Assistant support, it also has built-in USB-A charging ports and a night light. 

All the new devices will be available in the ‘Fall’ (or Autumn), although we only have confirmed EU pricing at the time of writing:

  • Yoga 9i (14in) – from €1,799
  • Yoga 9i (15.6in) – from €1,899
  • Yoga Slim 9i – from €1,699
  • Legion Slim 7i – from €1,399
  • Tab P11 Pro – from €699
  • Smart Clock Essential

We’ll update this article as soon as we know pricing for other regions. In the meantime, check out our round-ups of the best laptops and best tablets available right now. 

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