Lenovo unveils convertible devices
Today, Lenovo announced four new devices based on the upcoming Windows 8 and Windows RT. These devices, designated “convertible devices”, include the IdeaPad Yoga 13, IdeaPad Yoga 11, IdeaTab Lynx, and ThinkPad Twist. According to Peter Hortensius, President of the Lenovo Product Group, this “family of Ultrabook convertibles addresses the unique needs of consumers, businesses, and everyone in between.” To this end, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and Yoga 11 are designed to combine productivity and entertainment with the latter being marketed as an “all day mobile companion”. The IdeaTab Lynx, based on a dual-core Intel Atom, is targeted toward professionals. Similarly, the ThinkPad Twist is proclaimed as “business-ready”.
IdeaPad Yoga 13
Featuring a hinge that allows the convert from laptop to tablet, the IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook features a third-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor and Microsoft Windows 8. The 16.9 mm (0.67 in) thickness and eight-hour battery runtime are paired with a 13.3-inch HD+ (1600x900) IPS display which supports multi-touch gestures.
The Yoga 13 will be available for pre-order at Best Buy starting October 12 and can be purchased from Best Buy or the Lenovo online site on October 26. The MSRP starts at $1099.
IdeaPad Yoga 11
Featuring an Nvidia Tegra 3 and Microsoft Windows RT, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 is slimmer with a thickness of 15.6 mm (0.61 in). The 11.6-inch screen and 13-hour battery runtime demonstrate the device’s focus on mobility. As with the Yoga 13, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 features a rotating screen.
The Yoga 11 will be available starting in December at a base price of $799.
The 11.6-inch IdeaTab Lynx tablet features a dual-core Intel Atom processor and Microsoft Windows 8. Lenovo targets this tablet toward users seeking a mobile device that can still serve as a full-featured PC. When connected to its optional base, the IdeaTab Lynx offers an incredible 16-hour battery runtime and a full-sized USB port.
The IdeaTab Lynx and optional keyboard will be available in December with MSRPs of $599 and $149 respectively.
The 12.5-inch ThinkPad Twist is designed as a “full-performance Ultrabook”. Configuration options for the ThinkPad Twist include Intel Ivy Bridge processors up to the Core i7, Windows 8 up to the Professional Edition, optional 3G, and up to 500 GB of physical hard drive storage or 128 GB of SSD storage. The Twist also includes mini-HDMI and DisplayPort jacks. As with the other devices unveiled, the screen can be rotated.
The ThinkPad Twist will be available starting October 26 at various retailers and the Lenovo website with a starting price of $849.