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Lenovo’s latest laptop is all about multi-screen mobility
Lenovo is officially in its dual-screen era.
Lenovo's Yoga line has been around for more than a decade, but the new Yoga Book 9i might mark the start of a new dual-screened era.
Previously shown off at this year's CES in Las Vegas, the Yoga Book 9i is as eye-catching as convertible PCs get. It's got two glitzy OLED screens and support for more than just the usual laptop, tent and tablet modes.
Under the hood, the Yoga Book 9i is geared up for creators with an Intel Core i7-1355U Evo processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.
Much like the ThinkPad Fold X1 or the ASUS Zenbook Fold OLED, the Yoga Book 9i can be set up in ways that mimic the experience of a multi-display setup. Scroll Mode lets you stack the two 13.3-inch screens here on top of one another while Book Mode gives you a pair of vertically oriented displays to work with.
Another specific use case for the novel form factor here that Lenovo cites for the Yoga Book 9i is presentations. Set up in tent mode, you can have your slides on one side and your notes on the other. It's a little overkill, but it is something that no other traditional laptop can quite match.
Lenovo is billing the screens on the new Yoga Book 9i as PureSight OLED display.
While this moniker is mostly just marketing, there are a few criteria that the company uses to separate its PureSight-graded screens from those that aren't. Specifically, the term is reserved for top-of-the-range displays with more than 220 pixels-per-inch, a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate and 1 milisecond response time.
LCD-based PureSight screens are expected to hit 100% sRGB color space and volume while OLED ones are required to have 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 10-bit color depth.
As with other premium Yoga devices, there's a Bowers & Wilkins soundbar built into the hinge plus support for both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. These inclusions promise to make the Yoga Book 9i just as good for consuming content as it is for creating it.
Where the rest of the Yoga line tries to pitch itself at creators who want to prioritise performance, portability or a flexible 2-in-1 form factor, the Yoga Book 9i seeks to satisfy all three at once. To that end, the dual-screened device is kitted out with a total of three USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 inputs.
The one missing piece here is a dedicated GPU. If that's something that you need for your workflow or gaming pursuits, you'll have to look elsewhere or find some way to survive on what Intel Iris Xe hardware can do.
In Australia, pricing for the Yoga Book 9i starts at $4299. The laptop is available in a single colour (Tidal Teal) through JB Hi-Fi and the Lenovo website from this week.