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New Yoga hybrids get smaller and last longer

The Yoga 710 and 510 offer smaller screen sizes, optional graphics and better battery life.

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The Yoga line of hybrids from Lenovo runs from the very high-end Yoga 900 to the more affordable 700-series and 500-series models, along with a few business-minded systems (the ThinkPad Yoga line) along the way. All share the same central feature -- a 360-degree hinge that folds back to take the design from a clamshell laptop to a hefty tablet.

New at MWC 2016, Lenovo has added some new models to the midprice Yoga 700 series and the budget-minded 500 series, with newer CPUs and the promise of longer battery life. The Yoga 710 has a premium look and feel but loses the unique watchband-style hinge found on the highest-end Yogas in favor of a standard laptop hinge.

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The 11-inch Yoga 710.

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The 710 line is expanding with a new 11-inch model, which now sits alongside a standard 14-inch model. The 11-inch uses Intel's Core M line of low-power processors, as seen in systems such as Apple's 12-inch MacBook, in this case up to a Core m5, along with 8GB of RAM and up to a 256GB SSD. The 14-inch Yoga 710 has a more standard configuration, with standard Core i-series CPUs, up to an Intel Core i7, and optional Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics. These are still fairly light, and the 11-inch Yoga 710 weighs 1.07kg/2.35 pounds, while the 14-inch model weighs 1.65kg/3.63 pounds.

Both sizes have 1,920x1,080-resolution IPS screens, which means they should look good even from side angles. The 11-inch Yoga 710 will start at $499 (approximately £619 and AU$1,245) in the US and the 14-inch Yoga 710 starts at $799, while slightly different configurations available in Europe start at €799/€899 (approximately £619/£697 and AU$1,245/$1,400).

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The Yoga 510, which will be sold in the US as the Flex 4.

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More interesting in some ways is the Yoga 500 series. In the US, this is known as the Lenovo Flex line, and it brings the same 360-degree flexibility of the more-expensive Yogas to well-equipped laptops at very reasonable prices.

The new Yoga 510 gets a bit of a visual makeover from the previous versions, which were functional but very plain-looking. The 510 gets a more pronounced taper to its front edge, as well as a diamond-cut palm rest. Both 14-inch and 15-inch models have 1,920x1,080 IPS touchscreens, and run the same current-generation Core i-series CPUs as the pricer Yogas. The Yoga 510 (which will be called the Flex 4 in the US) will start at $599 (£417 and AU$838).

In Europe, the 710 and 510 models will be available in May and April. In the US, both are expected in July.

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