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Lenovo announces Yoga 11S with Windows 8


CES is here and it’s time for some new tablet and laptop launches. Lenovo seem to have some great laptop/tablet hybrid models in the market right now. One of them is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, which can run full Windows 8, but the downside is that it is too big to be used as a tablet. Lenovo also has a smaller version called the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, but it runs Windows RT and not the full Windows 8, and hence you will not be able to run x86 apps. Lenovo seem to have identified the issue and yes, they have now come up with a model that is both portable and capable of running Windows 8.

Meet the Lenovo Yoga IdeaPad 11S. Going by the name, it’s just the ‘S’ suffix to the Yoga IdeaPad 11. It also looks identical to the 11.6″ Yoga 11, but what has changed is the internals. The IdeaPad 11S runs on Intel Core CPUs for greater performance and you can run Windows 8 in all its glory. This also means that this 2.8 lb. hybrid device will be able to run some of the important Windows 7 x86 apps like Adobe Photoshop and iTunes, but yes, you won’t be getting great battery life out of this fella.

Since it’s basically the same device as the IdeaPad 11, except that there are changes to the internals, the exterior characteristics remain the same. You will get the same 360 degree Yoga-stretch goodness where in which you can bend the display backwards on the sturdy dual hinges. The device features an 11.6-inch HD IPS display that is capable of multi touch and can recognize up to 10 fingers at a time. Some features from Yoga 13, such as the Motion Control, have been brought to 11S. Using Motion Control, users can simply swipe their hand in front of the webcam in order to change photos, videos and other documents. The device is 0.68″ thick, which is slightly thicker than the Yoga 11, but that’s okay since it brings a lot of additional capabilities on board.

The specs of Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S are as follows:

Up to Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 processor in the US (up to i7 worldwide)
Operating System: Windows 8
11.6 inch HD (1366 x 768) IPS display with wide viewing angle; 16:9 widescreen, 300 nits
Integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
Up to 8GB DDR3 memory DDR3L 1600MHz (1 x 4GB or 1 x 8GB)
Storage: Up to 256GB SSD storage
Integrated stereo speakers supporting Dolby Home Theater v4
1 x USB2.0; 1 x USB3.0 connectors; 2in1 (headphone and mic); 2in1 (SD, MMC) card reader; HDMI output
802.11 b,g,n WLAN; Bluetooth 4.0
Integrated 720p HD Camera
Battery: Up to 6 hours
Weight: 1.4kg (3.08 pounds)
Dimensions: 11.73 x 8.03 x 0.67 inches

The good news is that the price will start at $799. The bad news is that you will have to wait until June 2013 to get your hands on this device. Would you buy this? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: The Verge

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