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Oct 25, 2014

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Teardown, Shows Its Battery and SSD are Swappable




Lenovo has barely announced the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the successor of the popular Yoga 2 Pro and the first testing units have already reached a few lucky parties.

Some folks were curious enough to perform a tear-down on this sleek convertible which takes advantage of Intel’s latest Core M platform. PC Pop did exactly what we told you, dismembering the convertible to see what secrets lay under its hood. It turns out the internal parts are quite easily accessible, but users won’t be able to swap most of them out (as seen at Tab Tech). 

Behold the big battery!

Due to the thinness of the device, Lenovo had to design certain components to be extremely sleek. The 2-in-1 is only 12.8 mm / 0.5 inches in profile and the device won’t feature big upgrade options. Anyway, as we told you before, the back panel on the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro can be easily removed, as it can be fixed with ten screws. Once on the inside, you’ll probably notice the huge battery lying dormant there. But given the fact that we’re talking about a 13.3-inch product, we shouldn’t be surprised by the battery size, which is of 5900 mAh capacity. What’s surprising is that Lenovo has managed to slim it down to only 2.5mm / 0.09 inch. It’s worth mentioning the power source is only screwed in, so in case of an emergency it can be swapped out.

Above the large battery lives the Wi-Fi module, and SSD sits neatly on the right side. Both these components can be swapped out and replaced without much problem. So if you buy a smaller model with less memory, you might as well upgrade it after a while.

A few parts are removable, but not all

Sadly, the same can’t be said of RAM memory, because this unit is not easily removable, so we don’t advise you to try and do so. Another interesting aspect to note is that even though the Intel Core M chip doesn't necessitate active cooling, Lenovo has bundled a small, thin metal fan under the hood. However, you shouldn't be able to hear it at all, because it will work quietly (only in Turbo Boost mode). In theory, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro looks like an apt machine, but there are some indications you might not get the level of performance you might be hoping for.

In a recent article, we also already told you that Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro had already been subjected to a few benchmarks that revealed CPU throttling issues. In the most disappointing scenario when temperatures go off the roof, performance levels will be downsized, thus dropping even lower than what the Yoga 2 Pro offered.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro gets tear down treatment

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro close up on components

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro shows insides

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro battery
Images credits to PC Pop

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