Notebook Review

Review of Lenovo Yoga C630 standalone laptop on Qualcomm ARM

The second wave of laptops with ARM processorsQualcomm on Windows 10 rolls onto the market. We are offered great performance and battery life, which allows you to play anywhere, anytime. Lenovo Yoga C630 just enters this wave, its goal is to offer maximum performance, unlike the first generation of laptops.

I got a review on the model with the newest processorQualcomm Snapdragon 850, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of eUFS memory and a 13.3-inch display with Full HD-resolution. This configuration costs about 62,000 rubles. The version with 4 GB of RAM will cost you about 56,000 p., And with 256 GB - a little more than 65 thousand rubles.

For such a laptop is a high price, especially since we do not know how its hardware will be able to compete with models on Intel chips. Will such a purchase be justified? I tried to find out.

  • Specifications
  • Design and construction
  • Laptop display
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • CPU performance
  • Gaming performance
  • Battery autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Characteristics of Lenovo Yoga C630

    CPU

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 850

    Ram

    LPDDR4X 4/8 GB

    ROM

    64/128/256 GB UFC 2.1

    Modem

    4G LTE Snapdragon X20 1.2 Gb / s

    Display size

    13.3-inch (1920 × 1080) IPS touch screen

    Graphics

    Qualcomm Adreno 630

    Ports

    2 × USB-C, the left port supports USB 3.0 / PD, right USB 3.0 / PD / DisplayPort, Audio Jack, SIM card tray

    Biometrics

    Windows Hello, fingerprint scanner

    Audio

    Stereo speakers

    Battery

    Up to 25 hours, 61 Wh

    Dimensions

    306.8 × 216.9 × 12.5 mm

    Weight

    1.2 kg

    Design and construction

    If you are familiar with the Lenovo Yoga product line,the design of the C630 will seem painfully familiar. Simply put, most of the changes occurred inside the laptop, not the outside. As a result, the gadget turned out albeit pretty, but too conservative.

    It's all the same dark gray, no extrastylistic elements laptop. Of the new models on the Qualcomm processor, the Asus NovaGo 2-in-1 became more interesting, in my opinion, with a chrome accent on the hinges and edges.

    An important criterion when choosing a laptop isbuild quality. If I was looking for a model similar to Yoga, I would choose a Lenovo Yoga C630. The body here is strong, all-metal (aluminum), with zero deflection of the cover and keyboard. Everything looks really high quality and expensive.

    If you compare the Yoga C630 with models 2-in-1, like HPSpecter x360 13 and Lenovo Yoga 730, or as a Dell XPS 13, then the tested notebook will definitely be the best in terms of durability and compactness. Given the difference in screen size, the Yoga C630 is very similar to the smaller version of the C930.

    I really liked the size of the C630, it almostsame as Yoga 730, but thinner. Among the shortcomings, I note a small selection of ports: 2 × USB-C and only one of them supports charging. However, there is support for nano-SIM for LTE connectivity. During the tests, mobile communications worked very quickly and stably.

    There is also a headphone jack, and a 2X2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 module provides a wireless connection.

    Laptop display

    The only option in the Lenovo Yoga C630, whichYou can not choose - this is a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS screen. But even with these sizes, the display here gives a very clear picture. By the way, the screen of the Yoga C630 is touch-sensitive, and perfectly handles all touches.

    If you prefer, you can purchase the Lenovo Pen Stylus withsupport 4096 levels of sensitivity and tilt. However, I did not manage to get this pen to test. Due to the fact that the laptop runs on an ARM processor, I could not use a conventional colorimeter. Therefore, you will have to rely on my impressions.

    In general, the display C630 produces an average picture quality. Brightness, contrast and color rendition here at about the same level that other 2-in-1 models offer (Specter x360 or Yoga C930).

    The panel is good, but not the best in class. Surely you will eventually want to work on the display, which has higher color accuracy and wider color gamut. If you choose by these parameters, then I tend to Samsung Galaxy Book 2 with AMOLED screen.

    If you watch movies and videos, then this displayquite enough. I also did not notice that the gamma was cut down here, there are no too light or too dark scenes. I will immediately note the sound quality - it is suitable for home use, but for listening to music it is better to connect headphones.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    The Lenovo C630 keyboard proved to be typical ofline of Yoga. It is comfortable, simple, with a responsive and precise key mechanism. But, I prefer the Specter x360 keyboard and XPS 13 - they are more elegant. However, this is a matter of taste and on the Yoga C630 you can comfortably type voluminous texts.

    The touchpad is a pleasure to useFor Windows Precision drivers, there is also support for standard Windows 10 gestures. The touchpad surface provides the necessary tactile feedback, and is very convenient for movement and gestures. The buttons are pressed softly, with a pleasant click. The size of the trackpad is slightly larger than that of Specter x360 or XPS 13, which is a plus.

    An adaptive fingerprint scanner is built into the keyboard, to the right of the touchpad. It can be used to protect and log in to Windows 10 without a password.

    CPU performance

    The first models of Windows laptops with ARMprocessors worked on Snapdragon 835 chips from Qualcomm. It was completely lacking for normal performance compared to Intel entry-level processors. Lenovo Yoga C630 is based on the Snapdragon 850 and provides a 30% performance boost.

    The usual tests were again prevented by the limitations of ARM. Some benchmarks simply crashed when they were launched. Only Geekbench 4 worked without problems, where Snapdragon 850 scored 2292 points in a single-core test, and 6710 points in a multi-core test. This is a very good result when compared with Asus NovaGo on Snapdragon 835.

    By performance, the Yoga C630 is getting close todevices on the Intel Core i5 7th generation. Perhaps the most important comparison with the Intel Y-series processors is that the performance results in the multi-core test turned out to be similar.

    My subjective impressions were confirmed, C630has become even closer to the models on the 7th generation Intel Y-series. This means that its performance is sufficient for basic tasks and multimedia. However, its shortage will be noticeable when scrolling overloaded web pages in the browser, as well as when opening and switching between applications.

    Although I was not able to run the Handbrake test withvideo encoding, but I am sure of one thing - this laptop will lag far behind models of similar value on Intel U-series processors. A big plus in this is Lenovo Yoga, that there is 8 GB of RAM. Of the minuses, I note a slower UFS memory. I would like to see an adequate SSD-drive.

    As a result, I am disappointed with the performance of YogaC630. He is too weak for a model with such a price. Let some still have hope for Qualcomm processors for laptops, however, Windows 10 is too slow on ARM. But, I think that the next generation of such devices on Snapdragon 8xx processors will be quite competitive.

    Gaming performance

    The Lenovo Yoga C630 is equipped with Qualcomm Adreno 630 graphics, which I usually tested on smartphones. This graphics processor is not bad for Android devices, but it is definitely not suitable for games on Windows.

    I tried to run a standard gaming suite.tests, but even 3DMark refused to work. We had to launch the Rocket League, however, it turned out to be a rather “simple” test for such a laptop. I believe that Yoga C630 can not be called a great laptop on Windows.

    In the Rocket League at 1080p I had 30 fps,The graphics have been tuned for average performance. When switching to higher quality, the number of frames dropped to 17 fps. Oddly enough, these are adequate results for such a gadget.

    Other 2-in-1 models on Intel UHD 620 graphicsturned out to be faster. However, I was surprised that the C630 was as fast as the low-power HP Specter Folio on Intel Y and the Intel UHD 615. If you play simple games, the Lenovo C630 from Lenovo will do the job.

    Autonomy of Lenovo Yoga C630

    Since productivity has increased by 30%compared with the previous generation, I expected the same increase in autonomy. Snapdragon 850 made the most optimized. As a result, the results were as I wanted. And in all tests. For reliability, I ran them in Windows 10 Home, not Windows 10 S.

    In Basemark with the most CPU loadYoga C630 showed the best results. Here he worked for almost 9 hours, losing only to Asus NovaGo. Among all tested notebooks, the C630 turned out to be the best when browsing the web. Here the result is more than 11 hours.

    Simply put, this Lenovo laptop shows very good battery life. In addition, supports instant start and long standby time. In this regard, it looks like a tablet with ARM.

    Total

    Lenovo Yoga C630 looks great, it has a comfortablekeyboard and nice display. The laptop runs for a very long time and this makes it very different from competitors. But, the laptop is too slow, even when compared to low-power Intel Y-based notebooks. For ordinary tasks it is enough, if you give a little more work - he will give up.

    Because of this, I always wanted to install an Intel processor in Yoga C630. Hopefully in the next generation, Lenovo will find an adequate solution to this problem.

    Should I buy?

    Not. This time, Windows 10 on ARM is much closer to Intel solutions, but still not there. If your performance goals are light enough and battery life is a priority, then the Yoga C630 may be able to meet the requirements. For everyone else there are better options.

    Benefits

    • There is an LTE connection.
    • Slim and lightweight design.
    • High build quality.
    • Excellent battery life.

    disadvantages

    • Windows on ARM is still too slow.
    • Limited application compatibility.

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