Lenovo launches convertible devices for Windows 8
Lenovo has announced a new family of convertible laptops that can become tablets in no time as well as a tablet with a detachable keyboard. The new products include the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, the IdeaPad Yoga 13, and the ThinkPad Twist.
“Our family of ultrabook convertibles addresses the unique needs of consumers, businesses and everyone in between by creating high performance laptop-tablet combinations in new designs and different sizes. We think these innovative convertibles are the best devices for a groundbreaking touchscreen experience, plus their multi-modes give people even more ways to use their PC,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of product group at Lenovo.
The IdeaPad Yoga family will be based on Windows 8 Pro (IdeaPad Yoga 13) and Windows 8 RT (IdeaPad Yoga 11). The first device is based on an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and comes with a 13.3-inch display, 256 GB SSD and a battery that can power it for 8 hours; the IdeaPad Yoga 11 is based on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip and comes with a 11.6-inch display, 64 GB eMMC for storage and a battery that can power the device for 11 hours.
The Yoga family also sports a revolutionary hinge that allows the devices to move to up to 360 degrees and fold from laptop to tablet in one simple motion. Both Yoga 13 and 11 can be used in completely new ways: convert them into a Stand by flipping the keyboard behind the screen to comfortably watch movies or view pictures up close, or bend them upright like a Tent to bring games or video chats to life. Users can even gesture to flip through photos and other content with Yoga 13’s special Motion Control technology or simply use their fingers on the multi-touch screen.
The ThinkPad Twist is based on Windows 8 Pro just like the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and comes with an Intel Core i7 chip, a 12.5-inch display, 500 GB hard drive, 128 GB SSD and a battery that can power the device for up to 7 hours. This powerful machine also includes dedicated software tools specifically for small business including Lenovo Solutions for Small Business powered by Intel Small Business Advantage and Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync. Like Yoga, Twist can convert into new modes like Stand, a great position for work collaboration via the multi-touch screen.
“Lenovo was one of the first to embrace convertible design coupled with touch interaction in a big way and the Yoga 13 and ThinkPad Twist are both remarkable devices that are sure to wow consumers. These designs fueled with powerful Intel third-generation Core processors will deliver the key attributes of the PC and tablet into a single system – essentially people are getting ‘two for one’,” said Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of PC client group at Intel.
The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is available starting today at a MSRP of 1099 USD for the entry-level model. The IdeaPad Yoga 11 will be available in December for 799 USD and up, while the ThinkPad Twist will hit stores on October 26. The device will cost 849 USD and up.