Closer look at the Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA convertible ultrabook

Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA

Lenovo is introducing a new laptop/tablet hybrid called the IdeaPad YOGA. It gets its name from its flexible design. The hinge that holds the screen to the based of the laptop allows the screen to rotate back nearly 360 degrees so that you can close the laptop with the screen face down, or face up.

When the screen is face up, you can use the YOGA as a tablet. You can also go just part of the way and prop up the touchscreen display like a tent or stand.

The IdeaPad YOGA is designed to run Windows 8, nd Lenovo says it will launch at the same time as Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.

The IdeaPad YOGA has a 13.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel display an Intel Core processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage on a solid state.

The laptop measures just 0.67 inches thick and weighs 3.1 pounds, putting it squarely in ultrabook territory — although with an expected starting price of around $1199, the YOGA is definitely at the high end of the ultrabook scale.

  • Bob

    Brad,

    Are there any “mid-range” Android tablet shown at CES? Anything from other vendors like MSI or 2nd-tier vendors?

    Acer has only shown the A700, which is more or less a demo. It’s supposed to have the low-end A200 at $350. Anything in between? A new 7″ perhaps?

    Asus likewise has high-end tabs, the Prime and the Prime-fullHD, plus the “low-end” MeMo. But nothing in between?

    Toshiba only has the Excite and the new Thrive 7″? Does Samsung have anything new other than what’s already announced?

    The Android tablet scene looks pretty tepid, at least from what’s known so far at CES. It seems like most vendors (aside from Asus, Samsung, and Lenovo) are jumping ship to wait on Windows 8, after being burned by HC tablets.

    What are your thoughts?

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      I’m not sure what you’re looking for in the mid-range. Asus is still selling the original Transformer for $400, which would probably qualify as mid-range at this point. So their lineup will be MeMo, Transformer, Transformer Prime, and Transformer Prime with 1080p display.

      Acer will have the A100, A200, A700 (and maybe still the A500 for a while).

      Dell is out of the tablet game, but Samsung has a ridiculous number of tablets, Lenovo has a few, ViewSonic is going for the low-end (maybe too low in some cases), and there are plenty of smaller companies with entry-level devices.

      The show floor opens today so I’ll probably start posting a lot more hands-on with tablets from other companies soon. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL5JITQ7WPO7LZH3WQRZ2MY2KQ Vannareth

    according to Lenovo engineer there are two models for Yoga one is 11″. 

    There is no mention of stylus.  Does it support hand writing recognition?  I hope it does.

  • Sam P

    So the keyboard is exposed when folded into a tablet? Ugh.