Lenovo continues to refine its Yoga Pro family

Lenovo execs are likely still grinning over the fact that the company has topped the global PC sales leaderboard for the past six quarters, holding onto 20 percent of the market according to the latest figures from IDC.
“We are prepared to ignite our second stage rocket, and drive Lenovo even higher, even faster,” said Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing in a statement yesterday after IDC’s numbers were published.
Well, it looks like Lenovo is indeed aiming higher with the latest evolution of its premium convertible ultrabook: the Yoga 3 Pro. Lenovo has taken a surgical knife to the body of its convertible, making the Yoga 3 Pro 17 percent thinner and 14 percent lighter than the Yoga 2 Pro — that means that the device now measures just 12.8mm thick and weighs in at just 2.62 pounds.
The Yoga 3 Pro retains the 13.3" QHD+ (3200x1800 resolution) display from its predecessor, but it now connects to the keyboard with what Lenovo calls a “watchband hinge” that is comprised of 800 pieces of steel and aluminum. Despite the fancy new hinge (which still operates in 360 degrees of motion), the Yoga 3 Pro continues its ability to function in Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet modes depending on where along those 360 degrees that you position the screen.

Under the hood, the Yoga 3 Pro will be powered by an Intel Core M-70 processor (with Intel integrated graphics), 8GB of RAM, and can pack in SSDs up to 512GB in size. All of the latest wireless technologies are including 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.01.
Like its predecessor, the Yoga 3 Pro is rated for up to nine hours or runtime courtesy of its 44 Whr lithium-polymer battery pack.

The Yoga 3 Pro will be available in Best Buy stores later this month starting at $1,349 in Clementine Orange, Platinum Silver or Champagne Gold.

Sources: Lenovo, Spec Sheet [PDF]

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