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But Lenovo fears customers just don't want cheaper ARM products

Lenovo this week announced the availability of a "Yoga" convertible laptop with Intel Corp. (INTC), dealing another blow to the embattled Windows RT.

Sales of Windows RT hybrids/tablets/laptops have quite simply stunk.  In Q1 2013, only a meager 200,000 of the devices made their way into consumer hands.  OEMs like Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), The Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992), Dell Inc. (DELL), and Acer Inc. (TPE:2357) -- have attacked the OS [1][2][3][4] blame poor legacy software support and poor marketing by Microsoft.

The Lenovo case is a particularly interesting one.  Early on the Chinese OEM was bullish on Windows on ARM (WOA), showing off the NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) Tegra 3-based IdeaPad Yoga 11 and complaining that Intel-based devices would be up to $300 USD more expensive.  But of late it's complained that business don't want Windows RT tablets/convertibles due to legacy compatibility concerns.

It appears Lenovo right on both counts -- Intel continues to struggle with price points, but customers still prefer its products (perhaps that's part of why PC sales saw their biggest percentage drop in history last quarter).

Lenovo this week announced an Intel-powered version of the 11.6-inch convertible/hybrid laptop-cum-tablet Yoga.  The Intel Yoga is at least $240 USD more than the Tegra 3-based Yoga, which currently retails for around $560 USD.

With identical screen, form-factor, and body design to the ARM-based Yoga, the new Intel-based Yoga merely varies in OS version and the driving CPU chip.

The entry-level Windows 8 Core i3-3229Y (Ivy Bridge) dual-core model starts at $800 USD; a high-end Core i7-3689Y (dual-core) will fetch $1,349.99 USD (and also come with an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro).  Both 4 GB and 8 GB DRAM options, as well as 128 GB and 256 GB SSD storage options are available.  There's no discrete graphics -- the relatively "low resolution" 1,366x768 11.6-in. LED backlit screen is driven by the on-die HD 4000.

Even as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and company reaffirm their commitments to Windows RT, it appears that Lenovo is moving on, even if its pricing takes a hit.

Source: Lenovo

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The price isn't that bad
By flyingpants1 on 5/18/2013 5:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
I like it, but it's not for me.

Everyone should remember that iPads are $699 for the 64GB version.

If there were an Atom-based Win8 Yoga 11 64GB for $549, I'd buy it immediately. I prefer the integrated keyboard over a detachable one.

RE: The price isn't that bad
By fteoath64 on 5/19/2013 7:14:48 AM , Rating: 2
The choice should be :
iPad4 64GB $649 or Surface RT 32GB $499 or Nexus 10 $399.

The next wave of new generation tablets featuring Tegra4, Tegra 4i, Snadragon S800 chips should be out soon. The ones with RT ought to be rather fast if the designers bother to put sata SSD into these devices to "uncripple" them!. eMMC cards are plainly too slow for such powerful processors.

RE: The price isn't that bad
By flyingpants1 on 5/20/2013 3:56:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well.. No, because all of those are useless. This article is about an x86 convertible Yoga 11 with a Core i3+. The Asus VivoTab Smart has an Atom/64GB which is already much better than an iPad.

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