Lenovo Introduces Four New Windows 8 Convertibles
October 9, 2012 7:26 PM
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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.
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.
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.
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RE: time Warp
10/10/2012 7:33:12 AM
What the hell are you talking about? The first ThinkPad was a tablet and the year later edition was a convertible tablet to begin with. The 700T and 750P. That was 1992 and 93 respectively.
X41 was Lenovo's first convertible tablet, not the ThinkPad lines first. It's the only way to do touch with PC's. Hence Tablet PC's (+convertible). Yoga-style (360 degree hinge) or dockable keyboard are worse. Companies are even releasing touch-screen notebooks without any hinges or removable base/keyboard which is awful. Pen-able surface is one thing. If you have your keyboard in front of you why wouldn't you use that or the multi-touch trackpad. When you use your fingers touch is just a novelty when it's not on a slate device which would sell even worse. This form factor has survived for over 20 years.
If you have decent dual digitizer touchscreen with capacitive plus wacom (active) pen-able digitizer/touch then why wouldn't you build an convertible Tablet PC? It's a computer not a mobile tablet. Software supports it better then ever. It's the only way to do touch properly here. The alternative is to do it not all which Lenovo does on a lot of other products. Microsoft still might fail here because of how poor Metro/Modern-UI and the Windows Runtime framework is in general, but Lenovo won't, they don't need to sell millions of each here. It's not even an ThinkPad it's an ThinkPad Edge which means less rigorous testing and less durable construction. You still have the fairly new X230T for business users. I.e. 12.5" IPS convertible/180-degree hinge, third gen Core i7, up to 16GB RAM, SSD, etc. But that is not a consumer version. ThinkPad has not failed here, most convertible tablets has been based on X-series notebooks so engineering has mostly been shared with those over the years and they have sold millions of them. This isn't about iPad breaking mobile-based tablets. 14% of the sale of computers is Lenovo they haven't lost out because of the iPad either. What you don't need is a 12.5-13.3" Tablet Slate PC.
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