With Windows 8 / Windows RT just around the corner, various manufacturers are launching their own systems that are designed to run Microsoft’s all new operating system and Lenovo is one of them. Today, the company announced not one, but a total of four Windows 8/ Win RT devices. These four devices cover most of the segments you could imagine for Microsoft’s new operating system edition(s).
The first device, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, is quite an interesting one. It looks like a normal laptop, but is equipped with a revolutionary hinge which allows it to uniquely move 360°, converting the laptop to a tablet in one simple motion. That’s a great form factor because you can just flip in the keyboard when you feel the need of it and use the device like a tablet otherwise. As the name suggests, it is equipped with 11.6″ 1366×768 IPS LCD display that is capable of multitouch. Under the screen is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor which is coupled with 2 gig of RAM, 64 gig of internal memory, HDMI-out port, and a large battery that is good for 13 hours of usage. The device is just 0.67″ thick, which is pretty reasonable for the kind of form factor it is.
For those who need something bigger than 11.6” screen, Lenovo will also be offering something called Yoga 13. Yoga 13 is essentially a bigger sibling of Yoga 11, except that it will be running Windows 8 instead of Windows RT and will have a Core i5 processor on board. Like Yoga 11, the device will let you push the 13.3 inch high definition IPS display screen back even after reaching a flat 180-degree stage, until its back touches the back of the keyboard half, basically converting the device into a tablet. For those who are worried that there will be accidental key strokes while doing so, Lenovo has taken care of it and the keyboard is designed to automatically shut off once past 180 degrees.
The Yoga 11 has several advantages over Yoga 13, main being that the former weighs just 2.7 pounds and gives five more hours of battery life over the latter. Yoga 11 will come with a price tag of $799 and is expected to ship this December whereas the 13 inch counterpart will be sold for $1,100 and is expected to launch on October 26.
Apart from the above two devices, Lenovo will also be offering 11.6″ Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx and an IdeaPad Twist touchscreen ultrabook. Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx runs on Intel Atom processor and is able to boot Windows 8 for just $599. It comes with a battery that is good enough for up to 8 hours on a single full charge. IdeaPad Twist on the other hand comes with a more traditional convertible design with a swivel hinge using which you can convert the device into a 12.5″ tablet easily. What’s interesting is that this laptop/tablet comes with a choice of processors, including Core i7 and various storage options are also available.
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