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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10/10/2012 10:02:07 AM
...I point out that what we have with tablets, and to a lesser degree smartphones, is not a "post-PC era" - we have a new form factor development in the PC arena.
As noted in previous posts here, there's nothing even remotely new about tablets or convertibles. Truly innovative companies saw this coming for decades.
But what you have in your hands when you hold a tablet isn't something other than a PC - you have an almost-PC. An incomplete computer. You have everything a PC needs besides traditional input devices...which in some contexts gives it additional utility.
But as habitual tablet users keep saying, they bust out a keyboard and/or mouse every time they actually need to get something done - completing their PC. Amazon sells a tablet folder with a built-in USB keyboard for like $15. Boom...complete PC.
And this is what people do. A tablet is nice in some circumstances, but a real laptop is vastly superior in all other circumstances. With a tablet and the right peripherals, you get the best device for all uses.
Asus got this with their Transformer line. Previous convertibles got this from all other companies. Lenovo is continuing this with the above devices.
Forget the nonsense about the "post-PC" era - we are living in an era where there's a new form factor or two making noise. Desktops, laptops, convertibles.
The PC is dead - long live the PC!
RE: Once again...
10/10/2012 5:49:59 PM
I don't think there's any stopping the hybrid freight train. It's only going to get easier with Haswell and beyond to put all the hardware behind the display, and cost will be negligible over the same hardware in a traditional laptop form factor.
But I agree with you. Anything with Win8 is still a PC.
RE: Once again...
10/10/2012 8:58:50 PM
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter if it's Windows or something else...Android, Linux, iOS, whatever.
The form and function is what matters.
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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