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Lenovo’s Yoga 730 laptop comes built-in with Amazon Alexa

Lenovo introduces its third Windows 10 laptop, Yoga 730, with Amazon Alexa integration.

Lenovo Yoga 730

At Mobile World Congress 2018, Lenovo is introducing two new laptops, including the Yoga 730 and Flex 14 with various design improvements over their predecessors and Intel’s eight-generation processors.

The changes aren’t significant this time around, but the Yoga 730 features a new far-field microphone array and Amazon’s Alexa integration.

Lenovo Yoga 730

Lenovo isn’t bringing a lot of changes. The Yoga 730 looks very similar to the 720 model. The laptop comes in two sizes, 13- and 15-inch inch, and both have a touch-enabled display that you can flip around to use it as a tablet.

Lenovo Yoga 730 (2018)
Lenovo Yoga 730 (2018)

The Yoga 730 uses Intel’s eighth-generation processors up to a Core i7. The 13-inch model sports Intel’s Graphics 620, but you can get the 15-inch model with an Nvidia GTX 1050 video card.

The 13-inch is only 13.9-14.1mm thin and weighs only 2.46 pounds, while the 15-inch model is 16.9-17.15mm thin and weighs 4.16 pounds.

As for ports, you get two Thunderbolt 3 and one USB 3.0 Type-A in the 13-inch, and two USB Type-A, one Type-C, and one HDMI port in the 15-inch. Also, depending on your preference, you can get these devices with Full HD or Ultra HD display resolution, up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB or 1TB of storage.

This is the third laptop that Lenovo includes Amazon’s Alexa, and the assistant supposed to work very similar to Cortana, but with the difference that you’ll need to be logged in to use it. This means that you won’t be able to yell across the room and expect it to response like with the Amazon Echo.

The new Yoga 730 will be available in Iron Grey and Platinum Silver colors, and they are expected to ship in April with a starting price of $879.99 and $899.99 for the 13- and 15-inch respectively.

Lenovo Flex 14

Lenovo’s Flex 14 (or Yoga 530, depending on the market you’re in) is another laptop that features Intel’s eighth-generation Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of memory, up to 512GB of internal storage, and GeForce MX130 graphics from Nvidia.

Lenovo Yoga 530 (Flex 14)
Lenovo Yoga 530 (Flex 14)

This is a 14-inch device with a Full HD display with active pen support that comes in the box. (The Yoga 730 also supports active pen, but it’s an optional accessory.)

The company claims that Flex 14 is thinner than the previous version at only 17.6mm thin, but you won’t find a thunderbolt port, although, you get one USB 3.1 generation 1 Type-C port, two USB 3.0 Type-A, multi-card reader, and HDMI port.

The new Flex 14 will be available in Onyx Black, and it’s expected to ship in April with a starting price of $599.99.