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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1/10/2012 5:40:11 AM
Waiting for Windows 8 is a mistake, a final version will probably come only at the very end of the year.
In the mean time, what do we run next month's public beta on?
Plus, this thing does have a stylus... right? Provided you have a stylus, there's nothing bad about Windows 7 on tablets. I've been perfectly happy with it since early beta on a M912X netbook tablet, then on a TM2.
And if they are stupid enough to launch this without an active digitizer, they deserve the flop that they will get.
I am guessing (hoping) that this tablet will use an Ivy Bridge CPU, hopefully with the better GPU option. That isn't available immediately, so it is understandable if they make us wait a bit.
But waiting any bit more after the Ivy Bridge CPUs are available will likely cost them my sale. I'll go for a Brazos or another Ivy Bridge tablet that launches earlier.
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