Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS Review: Long battery Life and 4G LTE

Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS Review: Long battery Life and 4G LTE

Ever since Qualcomm and companions corresponding to Lenovo began to indicate always-on, always-connected PCs operating Home windows on Snapdragon processors, we identified that what lots of people really need is an ultralight clamshell PC with excessive battery life and respectable efficiency.

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS (official web page) and its Snapdragon 850 processor enhance rather a lot over the primary technology always-connected PCs powered by Snapdragon 835. Is the C630 WoS adequate, and what are you able to count on from this spectacular ultralight? Let’s discover out.

Specs Highlights

To get our bearings, let’s take a fast have a look at the specs to form your expectations. The Lenovo Yoga C630 has one processor possibility however comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of flash storage. We’ve got examined the 8GB/128GB model. The Yoga C630 WoS configuration choices is so simple as shopping for a tablet-like gadget.

Industrial Design

Customers have been asking for ultralight designs with lengthy battery life, and these two necessities are often mutually unique, however issues are altering. Let’s have a look at the chassis design first. As you’ll be able to see within the images, the clamshell nature of the Yoga C630 WoS (not to be confused with the Lenovo C630 Chromebook) makes it a traditional productiveness laptop computer form-factor that individuals love and wish.

That’s in stark distinction with the primary technology always-on, always-connected PCs that got here with tablet-first designs and folio keyboards. Normally, folio-keyboards work finest on a desk, are much less steady in your lap however would possibly barely cut back the general product quantity, maybe on the value of a smaller battery.


This Yoga C630 clamshell form-factor is far more steady in your lap, packs a superb battery capability (for its dimension) and offers a traditional laptop computer expertise (essential: learn our software program part), from a design standpoint. The aluminum chassis make the pc really feel very inflexible and sturdy, that’s not like a few of the ultralights we could have checked out previously.

There’s some magnesium on the backside, however that’s it. Magnesium is ~30% lighter than aluminum, which is why it has grow to be fashionable in laptop computer designs. Though some OEMs do construct all-magnesium chassis, most fashions have a mixture of supplies, to decrease the fee

That stated, the Yoga C630 WoS chassis isn’t that small. Whereas it’s true that the ThinkPad Carbon X1 (2018) has a ~35% bigger quantity, the Dell XPS 13 (9370) is definitely smaller than the C630 WoS, so it’s doable to construct a Core i5 laptop computer that’s extra compact, however with a lot totally different battery life traits. The laptop computer isn’t sealed, and the person or technician can shortly open it to entry/restore/improve inside elements.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The backlit keyboard (2-levels of brightness, monochrome gentle) keyboard keys have a typical 0.4 sq-inch dimension, which makes them as giant because the X1 Carbon keys. The X1 Carbon key-travel is shorter on the X1 Carbon at 1.8mm, whereas the suspect that the C630 WoS has a key journey nearer to 1.0-1.1mm.

Usually the candy spot is someplace between 1.3mm and 1.7mm, however it’s principally a matter of private preferences, so simply discuss with a laptop computer that you just beforehand favored. This keyboard has flat keys, whereas different Lenovo keyboard could have curved keys that barely cut back typos by centering the key-press actuation pressure in direction of the middle.

The ~11.5 square-inches trackpad is giant and cozy. It adheres to the Home windows Precision normal and feels good generally. It’s made from Mylar, an extremely easy plastic floor which nearly seems like Glass.

Like every other touch-interface, the scale of the trackpad in relation to the gestures issues. On laptops, most individuals use scroll and pinch & zoom motions. Extra superior usages require as much as 4 fingers, and round gestures are usually extra snug with a bigger floor. Verify the Home windows 10 gestures


  • 1x USB Kind C, 3.1 Gen1
  • 1x USB Kind C, 3.1 Gen1
  • 1x 3.5mm audio

The ports configuration is easy, with two USB-C connectors, operating on the USB 3.1 Gen1 protocol. Each can be utilized to recharge the laptop computer. There’s additionally a 3.5mm audio connector for headphones. It might have been good to have one full-size USB port, however ultralights are inclined to eliminate these sadly.

There isn’t any assist for Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) as a result of the Snapdragon 850 platform doesn’t have assist for it, however the Subsequent-generation line of product referred to as Snapdragon C8x will certainly assist TB3.

Connectivity: 4G LTE assist on-par with the most effective telephones

It’s well-known that PC LTE connectivity if typically elective, and even when it’s built-in into the design, the implementation lags behind the newest smartphones.

Because the Qualcomm Snapdragon Platform is derived from the smartphone world (Qualcomm powers the overwhelming majority of high-performing telephone designs), laptop computer customers can lastly get the very best quality by way of LTE broadband entry, and even WIFI / Bluetooth assist.

With assist for as much as 4G LTE CAT18, the {hardware} is able to a theoretical 1.2 Gbps, in preferrred community circumstances. Clearly, though we now have witnessed issues near this feat on business networks, it’s the superior common LTE velocity that’s essential.

Our unit appears to be locked to the Verizon community, and on it, we’ve routinely skilled LTE obtain speeds of fifty Mbps with uploads of 6.7 Mbps, which is on par with many individuals’s house web velocity. Remember that this could fluctuate relying on community circumstances.

Total, the LTE expertise was  easy and worry-free identical to a telephone expertise : LTE “just works,” and there was by no means any connectivity points. It’s unimaginable that in 2018, some PCs nonetheless have WiFi, Bluetooth or LTE points.

Software program: don’t skip this paragraph

Home windows 10 S mode

Since this laptop computer doesn’t run on the normal Intel / Microsoft combo, it’s price declaring that the Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS runs on Home windows 10 S also called Home windows 10 in S mode (official web page) by default.

S mode is out there for each Intel and ARM processors such because the Snapdragon 850 on this laptop computer. In S mode, solely apps from the Microsoft shops could be put in, and that ensures that binary-compatible apps are prioritized, thus avoiding an costly Intel instruction emulation on ARM-based processors. It’s actually essential to have a look at potential caveats of utilizing the ARM structure and Home windows 10 S.


64-bit X86 (Intel-based) apps won’t work on this model of Snapdragon. Solely the next-generation Qualcomm processors for PC will assist 64-bit, amongst many different issues. Verify our Snapdragon 8cX overview from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit the place Snapdragon 855 was unveiled. 855 is the technological basis for the 8cX.

Drivers written for Intel processors received’t work, and that might restrict which peripherals you need to use with this laptop computer. Additionally, some video games that require OpenGL above v1.1 won’t work. These are the details, however there are additionally restrictions on which antivirus you need to use or accessibility options. Verify the official web page hyperlink above if wanted.

Fundamental productiveness apps

Out of the field, Microsoft has made positive that MS Workplace, Home windows Mail and Microsoft Edge (the brand new Web Explorer) are working effectively and operating on native code. In order for you Chrome or Firefox, you’ll be able to run them on X86 emulation, on the value of a efficiency hit.

When you require purposes that aren’t out there from the shop, you would possibly wish to verify if they’re out there in 32-bit for Home windows. If not, you might not be capable to use them, even in emulation mode.

Many apps corresponding to Netflix or Hulu can be found within the Microsoft Retailer, and we didn’t have any explicit points through the overview. It actually is dependent upon your use case. Verify, verify, verify.

Software program Conclusion

Because the Home windows for ARM ecosystem remains to be in its early days, you shouldn’t assume that any Home windows software program will simply work. That’s one of many pillars of Home windows, however this an enormous transition to ARM that’s occurring right here, and issues are a bit bumpy. When you persist with fundamental actions, issues work nice, and undoubtedly so significantly better than simply 18 months in the past, when the All the time-On, All the time-Linked PC initiative was launched by Qualcomm and Microsoft.


The (1920×1080) 1080p show is sufficiently good given the scale (13.3”) and efficiency degree of the laptop computer. The standard may be very respectable, however shows on dearer laptops can look higher for his or her black ranges and colour replica – no shock right here. We anticipated as a lot from an workplace+internet+film system, which isn’t designed for Artistic work.

The bezels on this laptop computer are 2mm thinner than the X1 Carbon 2018 on the high, and that’s nice  however should you’re actually into skinny bezels, additionally verify the Huawei Matebook X Professional which we beforehand reviewed.

The show brightness of is 283 NITs is sweet, and this brightness degree is almost on-par with the X1 Carbon collection. Normally, a brighter show is nice to learn the display content material on a sunny day (or vibrant atmosphere). Larger brightness leads immediately to higher picture high quality generally conditions. In Battery Saving mode, the utmost brightness is 197 NITs.

The show can fold all the way in which to 360-degrees, which makes it a Multimode, or 2-in-1 laptop computer/pill pc. Multimode (a time period launched by Lenovo) signifies that a pc can be utilized in 4 positions: Laptop computer, Pill, Tent and Stand.


Lenovo has managed to put a webcam on the high, regardless of the skinny bezel. Different OEMs corresponding to Huawei make the argument that solely 10% of laptop computer customers care in regards to the webcam. Given how handy and high-quality video calls on telephones have grow to be, it might be true. Nevertheless, we additionally know that amongst those that care, the highest place is essentially the most desired as a result of it appears to be like extra pure.

The webcam high quality is “okay” and can seem like the standard laptop computer webcam. As of late, no OEM has determined to make a stand on the webcam high quality, which appears to substantiate that it isn’t a make-or-break characteristic.

Efficiency: First rate

Measuring the efficiency on an ARM-based PC is a troublesome train, partly as a result of there aren’t a number of complete multi-platform checks for it (utilizing native code). In fact, you would run some apps in emulation, nevertheless it wouldn’t obtain a fairly good proxy for end-user efficiency, which is the purpose of the benchmarks to begin with.

So we’ll deal with perceived person efficiency. Since we see and use a number of totally different laptops at totally different value factors, we will present an excellent estimation of what to anticipate.

The underside line is that perceived efficiency is similar to laptops utilizing Intel’s Y-series of processors which can be designed for a 4.5W TDP (thermal design level). A perceptive comparability between Snapdragon 850 and the Intel Core i5-7Y57 Google Pixel E book (2017) is cheap. Nevertheless, this C630 WoS feels slower than a typical 15W Core i5 Gen8 laptop computer, not to mention the Core i7 model.

What this implies in actual phrases is that the C630 WoS works fantastic for particular use circumstances corresponding to internet looking (till you pile up tabs, persist with ~10), textual content enhancing, electronic mail, video playback/streaming — and different computationally gentle purposes.


By PC requirements, that is not a Gaming PC, however if you wish to play Minecraft and video games at that degree of graphics, it’s fairly quick (60 FPS for Minecraft). We don’t count on Snapdragon 835 to beat an Intel Core i5 with Intel graphics, so it’s higher to stay to easy video games for now. Issues will get higher sooner or later on that entrance.

We ran the Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark in Intel Emulation mode which isn’t essentially the most favorable state of affairs to the Snapdragon platform. The result’s that the one core efficiency is far decrease as Snapdragon is designed on a completely totally different premise than Intel processors. Nevertheless, the multi-core efficiency was near Intel’s Core i5-7Y57 native efficiency, so that may clarify why the perceived velocity is comparable.

Temperature and noise

Because the C630 WoS has a fanless design, it’s completely silent, which is usually a robust level for some customers. Additionally, which means that the warmth may be very delicate, and really a lot underneath management. It’s considerably because of the degree of efficiency, however not solely. As a result of it’s primarily based on a extra power-efficient cell structure, Snapdragon 850 delivers extra efficiency per Watt than its Intel opponents.

In flip, this results in much less warmth dissipation and higher battery life for the same workload. Though the laptop computer can get mildly heat, it by no means goes anyplace close to the 44C (112F) temperature that may result in a burn. In reality, it most likely by no means goes greater than 37C, which is the human physique temperature.

Sleep and wake-up

In contrast to common Home windows laptops, the Yoga C630 WoS by no means actually goes into deep sleep. As an alternative, it’s all the time related and might sync with emails and different issues within the background, identical to your telephone would. Not solely this isn’t as detrimental to battery life as it could be on a daily Home windows laptop computer, nevertheless it additionally permits this pc to get up faster when in comparison with others which will save a bunch of information on disk earlier than going into deep sleep.

Efficiency conclusion

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS and its Snapdragon 850 processor carry out significantly better than the earlier technology Snapdragon laptops. Perceptibly, it seems like a Y-Sequence Core i5 pc, and that’s actually respectable. Nevertheless, should you want 15W-level efficiency with both Core i5 or Core i7, maintain on for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cX which we speculate will present up in computer systems across the Computex time-frame.

Battery Life : glorious

Battery life is likely one of the two pillars for this pc (the second being the always-on, all the time related characteristic).  I took the laptop computer on a latest journey to HK and plenty of different Asian nations. That’s a 15 hours flight which was a superb alternative to make use of the Lenovo C630 WoS in a real-world scenario.

Throughout the flight, the cabin lights are OFF, so you’ll be able to work or watch films at ~70 NITs very comfortably. That’s about 23% of brightness within the Home windows Mobility slider (it’s not likely linear btw). Watching preloaded Netflix content material for 60mn used up about 9% of the battery, which signifies that I may in concept watch 10 hours of video, out of the field.


Nevertheless, I spotted that I used to be not utilizing the battery saver mode. After switching to it, the following 60mn of video solely consumed ~7% of the battery with out inducing any stuttering or efficiency hit in Netflix. That will translate to doubtlessly 14 hours of video playback, which is great for a laptop computer this dimension.

In the case of textual content enhancing, for issues like this overview, I are inclined to work offline through the flights as a result of the in-plane WiFi could be so unreliable. Utilizing Wordpad, the battery depletion is one thing like 1% each 10 mn. This interprets to doubtlessly greater than 16 hours of writing — greater than anybody would cut price for. In follow, it makes the battery nervousness go away in a number of on a regular basis conditions.

Battery Cost Pace: surprisingly gradual

Sadly, the cost velocity of the Lenovo C630 WoS didn’t impress us in any respect. Regardless of having a 45W charger, the cost velocity solely reached 0.3Wh per minute, which is far lower than the Carbon X1 (166% quicker) or the Pixelbook 2017 (100% quicker).

The 45 energy provide is comparatively cumbersome for what it does, and we hope that extra OEMs can be impressed by energy adapters such because the Huawei Matebook X Professional, which appears to be like a telephone charger, regardless of being much more highly effective.

Conclusion: fascinating, however not for everybody

The Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS might be the most effective Snapdragon-based PC by way of productiveness. Though its competitors could boast a smaller form-factor (Samsung Galaxy E book 2), the skinny clamshell design has been in demand on this class since Day 1, and Lenovo has answered fantastically.

The Snapdragon 850 efficiency has improved noticeably for the reason that Snapdragon 835 days, There are a few issues to remember: Snapdragon 850 is simply quick sufficient that many individuals would think about using this laptop computer to be a suitable skinny & gentle Home windows laptop computer expertise, underneath the situation that they maintain the variety of operating apps and open browser tabs comparatively low (~2-3 apps, ~4-5 tabs). It’s additionally true for Intel 4.5W TDP methods.

Secondly, and that’s the dangerous information, the software program compatibility nonetheless requires potential consumers to perceive the restrictions of operating Home windows 10 S mode on an ARM-based CPU cluster, or do some homework to see if their apps are all out there, or if there are viable replacements.


However -if- this laptop computer can fulfill your wants, you’ll get pleasure from a implausible battery life and always-on connectivity which is significantly better and safe than utilizing free (or paid) Wi-Fi hotspots. All the time-connected PCs introduce a degree of connectivity which is analogous to smartphones, and it’s arduous to return when you get a style.

Beginning at ~$850 (4GB/128GB), the Lenovo Yoga C630 WoS isn’t an apparent worth alternative and it has many opponents geared up with a full-on 15W CPU priced inside putting distance. As such, we’ll guess that individuals studying this overview have a particular use case in thoughts, most likely one with excessive connectivity and battery endurance in thoughts. We might suggest the 8GB of RAM model if you wish to have extra browser tabs open.

If you’re uncertain whether or not or not your workflow would work with this pc, it could be safer to get one thing just like the Lenovo ThinkPad L380.

Total product score: 7.6/10

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