Lenovo took advantage of this year’s IFA 2018 consumer electronics show to launch its first-ever Yoga-branded Chrome OS device, the Yoga C630 Chromebook. In fact, this not only represents both the first such device to appear bearing the company’s premium ‘Yoga’ branding but also its first premium-grade Chromebook. Starting at a price of $599 – €799 in the EMEA market – and slated for release in October, the Yoga Chromebook bears quite a bit of design resemblance to the Windows laptops with which it shares its name. To begin with, it features a 15.6-inch ‘near-edgeless’ touchscreen set inside an all-aluminum 361.5 x 248.85 x 17.8mm body that can be folded into a variety of configurations thanks to its 360-degree hinge. Variations on that display start out at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for the entry model but the top model utilizes a 3840 x 2160 UHD panel instead. The embedded stereo speakers are each rated at 2-watts for a total of 4-watts of sound and the whole laptop-like weighs in at solid 4.2 lbs.
Underneath the hood and continuing that top-tier theme, Chrome OS and its associated Android apps from the Google Play Store are driven by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake R processor with Intel’s HD Graphics 620. A generous 8GB DDR4 RAM backs that processor up and eMMC 5.1 solid-state storage coming in either a 64GB and 128GB option. 100GB of free Google Drive storage will be available on offer as well with activation and a micro SD card slot is included to give users even more space for their files, media, and apps. All of that hardware, in addition to the included standard backlit keyboard, is driven by a 56WHr battery that can last up to ten hours for the standard display or up to nine for the UHD variant.
Meanwhile, built-in ports include a 3.5mm headphone jack, single standard USB 3.0 plug, and USB Type-C port along the left-hand edge. The latter of those can be used for charging, connecting the Lenovo Yoga Chromebook to an external display, or data and file transfers. On the opposing side, a second USB Type-C port functions in exactly the same way. That means users will have plenty of options when it comes to moving files around between peripherals or completing similar tasks while simultaneously topping off the battery.