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Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch) review: A great 2-in-1 MacBook Air alternative

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Whenever someone asks me for a Windows alternative to the MacBook Air, my answer for more than a year has been either the Lenovo IdeaPad 730S or the two-in-one Yoga 730 generally because they cost less, but give you a similar look and feel and potentially better performance. They’re just great ultraportables for normal, everyday home office or school work and the Lenovo Yoga C740 is no different. 

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Lenovo Yoga C740 (14-inch)

$730 AT LENOVOCNET may get a commission from these offers.

HOW IT STACKS UP

HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2019)9.0$1,000Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 73908.8$1,000HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)8.7$999

LIKE

  • Slim, lightweight all-metal body.
  • Privacy shutter for webcam.
  • Excellent everyday performance and battery life for the money.

DON’T LIKE

  • Memory is soldered on.
  • No Thunderbolt 3.

The C740, available in 14- and 15.6-inch sizes, is the update to the Yoga 730. It falls in the middle of the current Yoga two-in-one convertible lineup with the C940 above and 13.3-inch C640 below. The 15.6-inch C740 is essentially the same as the 14-inch I tested, but with a larger display and a keyboard with a number pad. My configuration lists for $870, but Lenovo regularly runs sales on it and, at the moment, it’s $730. A similar configuration is available in the UK for £681 and in Australia for AU$1,800.

Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML (14-inch)

Price as reviewed$870
Display size/resolution14-inch 1,920×1,080 touch display
CPU1.6GHz Intel Core i5-10210U
Memory8GB DDR4 2,666MHz (soldered)
Graphics128MB Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
Storage512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe
NetworkingIntel 9560 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating systemWindows 10 Home 64-bit version 1903

Less chin, more screen

At 3 pounds (1.4kg), the C740 is about a half pound heavier than its predecessor, but it also jumps from a 13.3-inch display to a 14-inch one. Oddly, though, their bodies are similar in size and the C740 is actually shorter because Lenovo eliminated much of the display’s bottom bezel. 

The display itself has good color and brightness, though you’ll still have to see past reflections outside or under bright office lighting. The 720p webcam above the screen has one of Lenovo’s little sliding shutters that physically blocks the camera. And if you like using digital assistants, the C740 has far-field mics and Amazon Alexa support, too. You can access it even when you’re not actively using the laptop.  

Lenovo offers a few configurations of the C740 that include a choice of 10th-gen Core i5 or i7 processors (Comet Lake, not Ice Lake architecture), up to 16GB of memory, integrated UHD 630 graphics and up to 1TB SSD PCIe storage. 

My configuration was perfect for typical work and entertainment use, and battery life was impressive at more than 11 hours on our streaming video test. You might want to get 16GB of memory to help with multitasking, though. The memory is soldered on, which means you can’t add more post-purchase. Storage, on the other hand, can be increased on your own easily enough. 

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Stay with C740 or go up to the C940? 

Most people looking for a general-purpose laptop will be well served with the Yoga C740, even if you never intend to use it as a tablet. The display is pen-enabled, however, so if you decide you want to use it for casual sketches or note-taking, you’ll just need to pick up a pen

On the other hand, if you know you want a pen, the C940, which starts at $1,250, comes with one and it has a storage and charging garage built into the laptop’s body. It also has Thunderbolt 3 support for its USB-C ports, whereas the C740 does not. Sound is better on the C940 also, thanks to its soundbar hinge that delivers clear audio regardless of the screen position, and it has 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) wireless, which gives you a little futureproofing, assuming you haven’t already jumped to the latest wireless standard. Lastly, you can get it configured with a six-core Core i7 processor and an UHD (3,840×2,160 pixel) HDR 400 display. 

Those are the main differences between the two and, for me, they’re things that are nice to have, but not necessities considering the price difference. With the Yoga C740, you’re still walking away with an excellent two-in-one for the money. 35 best battery life laptops37 PHOTOS

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)17,348Lenovo Yoga C94016,597Lenovo Yoga C74014,575Microsoft Surface Pro 612,488Lenovo Yoga C73012,191Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)8,002

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)712Lenovo Yoga C940675Lenovo Yoga C740652Microsoft Surface Pro 6596Lenovo Yoga C730504Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)260

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance

Streaming video playback battery drain test

Lenovo Yoga C940675Lenovo Yoga C740672Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)639Microsoft Surface Pro 6606Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)538Lenovo Yoga C730501

NOTE:

 Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

System configurations

Lenovo Yoga C740Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-10210U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.67GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 630 Graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga C940Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7; 12GB DDR4 RAM 4.27GHz; 128MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics; 512GB SSD
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2019)MacOS Mojave 10.14.5; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.13GHz; 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1065G7; 16GB DDR4 RAM 4.27GHz; 128MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics; 256GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 730Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 2.4GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 620 Graphics; 256GB SSD
Microsoft Surface Pro 6Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 RAM 1.87GHz; 128MB Intel UHD 620 Graphics; 256GB SSD

Source: https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lenovo-yoga-c740-14-inch-review/

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IPHONE 12 MINI COMING WITH A 5.4-INCH OLED DISPLAY

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If you’re an Apple enthusiast, then you’ll maybe living the strangest of September. It’s a very unusual month for a very unusual year in light of the ongoing pandemic. The fact is, that all fans waiting for an iPhone release this month will have to wait until October as the company couldn’t finish the new smartphones in time for the usual schedule. We have been waiting for a new set of iPhone 12 devices and now, there’s some light for the upcoming small model with 5.4-inch.

According to a new leaker (via), the smallest iPhone will be called the “iPhone 12 Mini”. Interestingly enough, the leakster states that the device previously called “iPhone 12 Max” will now launch as “iPhone 12”. As we can see, Apple is moving down the smartphones by introducing a new naming scheme for the smallest device. It’s not a big surprise, after all, the company is planning four new devices for this year’s release. For that reason the company is introducing the fourth device with a new name.

 

Worth noting that the “Mini” naming is not entirely new for the Cupertino-based firm. It already uses the Mini in the iPad and Mac computer lineups. The company even unveiled iPod Mini models in the past. So it’s not so shocking to see an iPhone 12 Mini, even though this suffix has taken several years to reach the smartphone lineup. The company will likely keep the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max suffixes for the upcoming models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inches. These names were introduced last year with the iPhone 11 lineup.

Read Also:  Alleged iPhone 12 Pro Max with the A14 Bionic SoC appears on AnTuTu

A14 BIONIC, 5G CONNECTIVITY, 60HZ REFRESH RATE AND SMALLER NOTCH

All the new iPhone will debut with the company’s first 5nm chipset the Apple A14 Bionic. The gains in performance are incremental, but we can expect a massive boost in energy consumption. Apart from the power-efficient chipset, they will also be the first iPhones to surf on the blazing fast speeds of 5G networks.

iPhone 12 Lineup Rumored to Be Named 'iPhone 12 mini,' 'iPhone 12,' 'iPhone  12 Pro,' and 'iPhone 12 Pro Max' - MacRumors

Unfortunately, Apple will not surf on recent trends like that one asking for high-refresh rate displays. All the new iPhones will pack 60Hz refresh rate OLED screens. However, they are said to sport smaller notches to allow more status icon at the display’s top. It will be the first time we see the company making adjustments in the wide notch introduced with the iPhone X. Unfortunately, the new devices are said to not come with a charging brick. This certainly will enrage some users.

Source: https://www.gizchina.com/2020/09/21/iphone-12-mini-coming-with-a-5-4-inch-oled-display/

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price, Release Date, and Specs

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The 5G-ready Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s third attempt at a foldable smartphone since the release of the Galaxy Fold in the spring of 2019 and the Galaxy Z Flip in February of 2020.

Highlights:

  • The foldable smartphone starts shipping on September 18 with a $1999 price tag.
  • The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available for pre-order from Samsung’s website.
  • It comes in two colors: bronze and black. The hinge is available in metallic red, silver, gold, and blue.
  • A stylish Thom Browne Edition is available.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Features

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers an array of improvements compared to the original Galaxy Fold. Here’s what you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 against a black background
  • Glass screen folds like a book.
  • The camera has a hands-free option, where you can wave your hand to take a picture.
  • The screen emits reduced blue light, so its easier on your eyes.
  • No notch and slim bezels—just a tiny punch hole for the camera—make for more screen real estate.
  • Has a Hideaway Hinge for a streamlined look.
  • 120 Hz refresh rate on the main screen.
  • Samsung’s improved AI saves battery life.
  • Wireless charging support.
  • Comes with an array of VIP benefits (scroll down to learn more).

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs and Hardware

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 improves upon its predecessor in many ways, including upgrading from a plastic to a glass display, adding a more reliable hinge, and removing the thumb-shaped notch.

The glass display should be more conducive to folding and unfolding than the original Fold’s plastic one. Speaking of folding, Samsung’s Flex mode lets you fold the smartphone and lock the screen at any angle. The hinge is strong enough to stay open at a variety of angles so you can stand it up to watch a movie, have a video chat, or take photos using a hand gesture, for example.

This smartphone has app continuity when folding and unfolding, so your work or play isn’t interrupted. You can use two apps on the smaller cover screen, and three on the main screen using the split-screen feature.

Users can launch up to 3 supported apps simultaneously and save the layout, so those apps will appear just like that every time you start up the phone.

There are two cool camera features too. Photo-takers can use the Cover screen to show a preview of camera shots to their subjects. Auto framing keeps your subjects centered and in focus, and widens and narrows the view as people enter and leave the scene.

Finally, its larger, 7.6-inch main screen has a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is excellent for gaming.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs-at-a-glance
Operating System Android 10
Dimensions (Folded) 6.26 by 2.67 by 0.6 inches
Dimensions (Unfolded) 6.26 by 5.04 by 0.27 inches
Screen Size (Folded) 6.2 inches
Screen Size (Unfolded) 7.6 inches
Screen Resolution 2260 by 816 pixels (inner); 2208 by 1768 (outer)
Camera (Front) Dual 10-megapixel lenses
Camera (Rear) Triple 12 megapixel lenses
Storage 256 GB
Hardware/chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 12GB RAM
Battery Size 4500 mAh

Galaxy Z Premier Perks

Galaxy Z Premier is Samsung’s VIP club for foldable phones. The smartphone includes Galaxy Z Concierge, which offers 24/7 support and a discounted screen replacement if you damage it within a year of purchase.

Other benefits include a membership to Founders Card, an organization for entrepreneurs, a prepared meal from a Michelin starred restaurant, access to participating golf and country clubs across the U.S., and more. Samsung continually adds benefits to the program.

Source: https://www.lifewire.com/samsung-galaxy-z-fold-2-5076492

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LG Wing takes aim at Galaxy Z Fold 2 – shakes up the new status quo

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The LG Wing made its first appearance last week in a concept image, but has been officially announced since then, introducing a radical new form factor to the world of smartphones.

With a completely different approach to multitasking than the dual screens of the Surface Duo, and an innovative way to offer more screen real estate compared to the Galaxy Fold, the LG Wing is a statement smartphone optimised for the way people consume media today.

The device offers a 6.8-inch P-OLED display that swivels up, revealing a second, 3.9-inch screen. Swivel Mode, as it’s called, is designed to present a new way to “engage with certain apps and features,” which translates to scenarios like using the main screen for video content or navigation, and using the smaller screen for browsing comments, taking calls, or reading messages.

Swivel Mode also allows the second screen to act as a grip, and with Grip Lock turned on, it ignores accidental touches to the smaller screen, meaning that your activities on the main screen remain uninterrupted.

Inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 765G 5G processor for 5G connectivity, 8GB RAM, and options for either 128GB or 256GB storage.

On the camera-front, you’ll find a triple setup (64MP f/1.8 wide, 13MP f/1.9 ultra-wide, 12MP f/2.2) with a Gimbal Mode that content-makers will love. The selfie camera is a 32MP pop-up – leaving the display free of holes and notches – that can be used in tandem with one of the rear cameras for dual recording.

The LG Wing has taken a different design path to Samsung’s foldables to solve problems like the need for multitasking, and larger displays in a compact form factor, but with the Korean tech giant rumored to be making its foldable Z series its new flagship, LG may find it difficult to find an audience for its unique approach.

The phone is set for an initial launch in South Korea, followed by North America and Europe, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.

Source: https://www.t3.com/news/lg-wing-takes-aim-at-galaxy-z-fold-2-shakes-up-the-new-status-quo

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