What do you get if you take the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, shrink the screen, scoop out the Intel Ivy Bridge processor and Windows 8 operating system and replace it with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and Windows RT?
You get the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 — a Windows RT tablet which will be available in December for $799 and up.
Like its 13 inch sibling, the Yoga 11 gets its name from its flexible hinge. You can use the computer in laptop mode. Or you can push the screen back until its resting on on the base of the computer, letting you pick up the device and use it like a tablet.
That should be a little easier to do with the smaller model since it’s thinner and lighter than the Yoga 13 — although it’s not nearly as light as a tablet that doesn’t have a keyboard attached.
The IdeaPad Yoga 11 measures 11.7″ x 8″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 2.8 pounds. It features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 5-point capacitive multitouch touchscreen, up to 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage.
The device has 2 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and stereo speakers. Lenovo says the Yoga 11 will get up to 13 hours of battery life.
It runs Windows RT, which is basically Windows 8 for computers with ARM-based processors. That means you’ll be able to run Windows apps distributed through the Windows Store — but you won’t be able to run older Windows apps designed for computers with x86 processors unless they’ve been updated to support ARM-based chips like the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
That could make the $799 starting price a bit tough for some to swallow, but the Yoga 11 brings more to the table than most Windows RT tablets thanks to the built-in keyboard and large battery, both of which are included in the base price.