CES 2012: Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA is an Innovative, 360 Degree Take on the Ultrabook
January 9, 2012 8:23 PM
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It fold, it flips... but does it blend?
If you're tired of all the Ultrabook announcements today, I'm sorry to say that the announcements will keep coming for the rest of the week. The good news, however, is that we've got a unique notebook to talk about today that strays far away from the traditional "open and close" of traditional notebooks.
Lenovo today announced its IdeaPad YOGA notebook which features a 360 degrees dual-hinge design that allows it to open like a traditional notebook, then flip the screen 360 degrees backwards to turn the device into a tablet (the back of the screen can fold flat with the back bottom of the notebook). When it tablet mode, users have full control over the IdeaPad YOGA's 13.1-inch touch screen (1600x900), which allows 10-point capacity touch. We're hoping that the keyboard is disable in this mode to prevent keypresses from being regiestered. It can also be used in "tent" mode in which the device is propped up on a desk.
The 3.1-pound IdeaPad YOGA is powered by Intel Core processor, supports up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 256GB SSD. The notebook is designed to take full advantage of Windows 8 (the prototypes shown at CES were running Microsoft's next generation operating system).
As the notebook is built around Windows 8, it won't be launch until the boys from Redmond roll out their next generation flagship consumer operating system.
Here are a couple of live shots of the YOGA:
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Big help - No more tired hand/arm
1/10/2012 1:00:22 AM
Tablet sucks when it comes to ergo. Those thin sexy iPads are only good to look at, but holding them for hours is a pain.
RE: Big help - No more tired hand/arm
1/10/2012 7:34:01 AM
And holding a laptop for hours would be easier. Ihave had no problems getting comfortable with my Asus Prime and playing Jellt Defense or watching a Netflix movie for over an hour. They were never designed to be workstations.
RE: Big help - No more tired hand/arm
1/10/2012 7:53:06 AM
I guess this is where the IdeaPad Yoga would make sense. Just flip the screen over and treat it as a tablet without having to dock and undock the keyboard. This could work if it's light enough.
It would be great if they could include an ARM chip and run on Android for basic tablet use and be able to boot into Windows when the task calls for it.
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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