Inside Lenovo Yoga 3 (14-inch) – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

lenovo-yoga-3-14-upgradeThe latest generation of Lenovo Yoga is already on the market and you can find the non-Pro models in 11 and 14-inch variants. For our review and tests, we chose the latter, which is aimed at the people who want maximum portability but without sacrificing the screen diagonal. Actually, the thin-and-light notebook’s display is 14.6-inch (35.56 cm) that gives you a plenty of workspace, especially given the fact that we’re talking about 1.36 kg / 17.8 mm (3.5 lbs / 0.7”) machine.

But is that body big enough to take the important components you’ll need? How easy is the maintenance? Can you upgrade it? That’s what we’re going to check in this article, giving you the steps you have to go through, in order to get full access to your new laptop.

We’re working on an in-depth review too, so you can rest assured that we’ll give you all the information you might need to know about the new Lenovo Yoga 3.

Update: Here is the full review:
http://laptopmedia.com/review/lenovo-yoga-3-14-inch-review-a-powerful-convertible-that-you-can-actually-afford/

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Removing the bottom cover

torx

First, you have to remove 11 Torx screws and pry up the bottom cover.

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2.5” SSD drive, WLAN, RAM, Fans, Battery

That will give you access to all of the main components, including the battery, 2.5” SSD drive, WLAN, heat sinks and the cooling fans. The RAM memory slot is only one, but the good news is that it isn’t soldered into the motherboard, so if you’ve got the 4GB configuration, you can easily upgrade it.

If you’re planning to take out components or do an upgrade, be sure that you’ve disconnected the battery first (Photo 1).


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  • The battery is SIMPLO “Haydn” 2S2P (7.4V / 45Wh)
  • The Wi-Fi card is Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC 3160 (3160NGW)
  • The RAM memory is 2rx8 Micron Technology (MT16KTF1G64HZ-1G6E1, PC3L-12800S-11-11-FP)
  • The SSD drive is Lite-On LDS-2569LS (256GB, SATA 6.0 Gbps)

You have to remove the battery if you want to access the touchpad.

The size of the SSD drive is 5 mm x 70 mm x 100 mm.

ssd

Unfortunately, there isn’t an M.2 slot for an additional storage drive.

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Rob
Rob
7 years ago

Bought a 7mm SSD for my Yoga 3 14 on the basis of this article and it doesn’t fit. Not happy! Be warned.

sarpuli
sarpuli
7 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob are u sure ?

syong
syong
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob

There’s an error about ssd dimension
I think, height is 7mm

Gar Villi (@GarVilli)
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob, the article says 5mm not 7mm, so maybe your fault, not the article? but according to a user on the Lenovo support forums, you can fit a 7mm if you do away with the housing, because it fits so snugly anyway, that it won’t move around

TheVegan
6 years ago

Why on earth would you do away with the housing?!?

Tony sauvion
7 years ago

He said the size is 5mm…

i have a question
i have a question
7 years ago

So i bought this machine and i’m very happy with it so far but i was wondering i could the hdd that i know have on it to and ssd and if i could add a graphic card

Brendon
Brendon
7 years ago

What size is the torx screws

Caleb Farrelly
Caleb Farrelly
6 years ago

Where does one find a 5mm ssd. Can anyone tell me any models?

Caleb Farrelly
Caleb Farrelly
6 years ago
Reply to  Caleb Farrelly

Or is there a mSATA to SATA adaptor that is 5mm. That should also work. Any ideas?

Giacomo Rebonato
Giacomo Rebonato
6 years ago

Is it possible to get 16GB Ram. Could you post a link of compatible one please?

Ionut
Ionut
6 years ago

Same question, is it possible to upgrade it to 16GB Ram? I have the i7 model with 256Gb SSD

PK
PK
4 years ago
Reply to  Ionut

Same question for Yoga 3 14 (model 80 JH). Any solution ?

Silvano Ferreira
Silvano Ferreira
6 years ago

Hello, Yes i want know too if we can put 16gb, it was niceeee

louiseianab
5 years ago

ANYONE KNOWS WHETHER I CAN UPGRADE THE BLOODY RAM TO 16GB ??????

Guest 1
Guest 1
2 years ago
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boardtc
boardtc
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest 1

Did you UG the Yoga 3 Pro “can’t be upgraded”?

giacomorebonato
5 years ago

I will try to go into a shop and to ask if they can try the update to 16

NEED16gb
NEED16gb
5 years ago

need 16gb of ram anyone know if motherboard supports it? feel like this should be a forum post.

Ele
Ele
4 years ago

I’ve upgraded to 16gb ram on this machine & worked perfectly, used 16GB DDR3L-1600 SODIMM

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago
Reply to  Ele

That’s great !

Pavel
Pavel
3 years ago
Reply to  Ele

Hello, Ele!

Could you please send us your device model number. I want to compare the modifiications.
It is strange that manufacturer resticted RAM capacity.

boardtc
boardtc
2 years ago
Reply to  Ele

Are you referring to the Yoga 3 Pro “can’t be upgraded”?