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Lenovo unveiled its IdeaPad Yoga 11, IdeaPad Yoga 13, IdeaTab Lynx and ThinkPad Twist

Windows 8 will be here in a little over two weeks, and Lenovo is prepared to show off its new spread of devices that will run Microsoft's newest operating system. 

Today, Lenovo unveiled its IdeaPad Yoga 11, IdeaPad Yoga 13, ThinkPad Twist and IdeaTab Lynx -- all Windows 8-powered convertibles. Lenovo is betting big that customers will want convertibles over traditional laptops or tablets, since convertibles combine the best of both worlds. 

IdeaPad Yoga 11

The IdeaPad Yoga 11 is an 11.6-inch Windows RT device with a display that flips 360 degrees backwards, transforming the laptop into a tablet with a stand, if needed. Under the hood, the Yoga 11 is packing a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 1366x768 display resolution, a 720p webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a card reader, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. 

You can pick up a Yoga 11 starting at $799. It's available in Silver Gray and Clementine Orange. 

IdeaPad Yoga 13

The IdeaPad Yoga 13, like the Yoga 11, flips 360 backwards to turn the laptop into a tablet-like device. It also comes in Silver Gray and Clementine Orange, but most other specs are completely different. For starters, the Yoga 13 has a 13.3-inch display and runs Windows 8. It also has Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of solid-state storage, a 1600x900 resolution, a 720p webcam, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a card reader, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. 

The Yoga 13's price will start at $1,099.

ThinkPad Twist

The ThinkPad Twist does exactly what the name indicates -- the display flips down and twists to cover the keyboard, turning the laptop into a tablet. It has a 12.5-inch display, 1366x768 resolution, Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, a 720p webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, Mini HDMI port and three storage options: 320GB HDD, 500GB HDD or 128GB SDD.

The Twist starts at $849.

IdeaTab Lynx

The IdeaTab Lynx is basically a tablet with optional keyboard dock, turning the device into a laptop. The display is 11.6 inches and it features a Clover Trail-based Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of DDR2, 32GB/64GB storage options, 2 MP front-facing camera, a 1366x768 resolution, Micro USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI port, microSD card slot, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The starting price for the Lynx is $599 for the tablet alone, but adding the keyboard dock will cost an additional $149.

Source: Lenovo

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Nice range
By Visual on 10/10/2012 3:51:21 AM , Rating: 2
I like how they tried to get a good range in various aspects. All in all, I guess it is a good way for them to try out different possibilities and find what works best.

The three different types of "convertible"-ness are the most interesting experiment. I am curious which variant will offer most reliability and durability, which will end up with less total weight, which can fit more battery life, etc... There probably are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

CPU options have the most impressive range, from ARM through Atom to i7, literally anything you could want.

Size could have varied more though, especially the ARM device could easily have smaller versions.

Resolutions are way too low. In fact only one device has anything higher than "terrible", and even that is not high enough. I get that some people actually prefer a lower resolution, because they want things to seem bigger :p But while that strategy worked fine in laptops, tablets are a whole different thing, mainly because they should also be usable in portrait orientation. How many websites do you know that can fit in less than 1024px horizontally? The number of people that will be happy with these resolutions will be very low. The only incentive for settling so low would be a significant price advantage.

But pricing also does not make sense. Most obviously, the ARM device being higher than Atom is completely inadequate. But even the top-end Yoga 13, priced the same as the pre-announced price for Samsung Ativ Pro, is not quite adequate because of its lower resolution.

RE: Nice range
By TakinYourPoints on 10/10/2012 4:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think low resolution in Surface tablets is the product of the limitations of PPI scaling in Windows 8. It surprisingly still hasn't been properly addressed:

Apple got around this issue with OS X and iOS by just doing a straight quadrupling of standard resolutions and scaling up fonts and UI assets to make up for it. However, if you use a nonstandard scaled resolution in OS X on a retina Macbook Pro (1920 by 1200 instead of 2880 by 1800) you run into the same scaling issues where fonts and graphics are rendered too small.

Resolution independence still hasn't been completely cracked by anyone, which explains the workaround Apple has done. You can scale Windows at 125% or higher but it really doesn't look right; it throws UI/font proportion off pretty badly. This is probably the main reason why they aren't going higher resolution with their own Surface tablets and why other OEMs are also avoiding higher PPI.

RE: Nice range
By Visual on 10/10/2012 4:36:45 AM , Rating: 2
The Surface Pro will be 1080p. Only the ARM version is with a low resolution.

RE: Nice range
By Penti on 10/10/2012 5:33:24 PM , Rating: 2
The scaling in Metro/Modern UI is 100%, 140% or 180%. The scaling in ordinary desktop-mode is as always (and is not matching the scaling in Metro). You'd be fine even on 2560x1440 in ultraportables and slates. They do support up to 2560x1440, but you could obviously run higher as long as 180% scaling is enough for you.

RE: Nice range
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/11/2012 11:24:43 AM , Rating: 2
{Double Picard Facepalm}

They built a new UI from scratch and couldn't make it resolution independent? Obviously I'm not surprised that the Windows 8 desktop suffers from the same issues as the Windows 7 one, but for Pete's sake, how could they screw up the Metro half?

Seriously, the way this should have worked was, by default, an inch of screen holds as much information no matter the screen size and pixel density. If a tile is 1" by 1" (or 25mm x 25mm) on an 11.6" tablet, it should be the same on a 15.6" laptop (you just see more of them). Then you put in a slider that smoothly scales everything up and down until you find something that works for you. The higher your resolution, the crisper everything looks.

RE: Nice range
By jimbojimbo on 10/11/2012 4:22:23 PM , Rating: 2
Old Fogie, don't believe everything you read on the internet especially on these forums. Read the other responses to his post. Windows8 does support much higher resolutions with the correct scaling. It's just the WinRT tablets tend to stick with the lower resolutions so far.

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