New Lenovo Yoga convertibles on the way?

There’s evidence that Lenovo may be preparing to expand its Yoga line of notebook/tablet hybrids.

The company’s Yoga devices are notebooks with touchscreen displays — and if you push the screen back 360 degrees so that it rests behind the keyboard you can hold the computer and used it like a tablet.

Lenovo already offers models with 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch displays and a few different processor, memory, and storage configurations. Documents at the FCC website suggest some new models could be on the way.

lenovo yoga 2 11

The FCC listing comes from wireless chip maker Broadcom, who appears to be seeking certification for a new WiFi and Bluetooth card. But it looks like Broadcom has been testing that card with a few Lenovo Yoga devices.

There are multiple references to the Yoga convertibles in the documents, as well as a few photos. Here are a few things that caught my eye:

  • There are label drawings for Intel Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 chips — making this the first time I’ve heard of a possible Yoga tablet with a Pentium processor. Could there be a new low-cost model on the horizon?
  • Several label drawings also mention a Lenovo Yoga 2 11. The PC maker recently launched a Yoga 2 Pro with a 13.3 inch screen, but it sounds like there could be a next-gen 11 inch model in the works as well.

If Lenovo is working on a model with a Pentium chip, it’d likely be cheaper than any of the models the company currently offers, which typically sport Core i3 or faster processors.

yoga chips

Interestingly, if you go to the Lenovo web store and look for the Yoga 11S, you’ll only find models with 3rd generation Intel Core “Ivy Bridge” chips, but US retailer Best Buy has been selling a newer model that has a 4th-gen Intel Core “Haswell” processor.

If Lenovo is getting ready to launch a new Yoga 2 11, it’s likely it’d feature chips based on Intel’s newer processor architecture.

  • Daniel

    I own a Yoga 11S. It’s a stellar laptop, but it fails as a tablet. It’s too heavy. (I can’t imagine how bad the Yoga 13 would be as a tablet.) I’d much rather it be detachable and even a little smaller (like 10.6″ or even 10.1″) so that it’s comfortable to hold in tablet mode.

    • beomagi

      How do you like the battery life? I’m looking for a good laptop, and 11 is my maximum – I’m coming off of 5/9/10 inch UMPCs. Been looking at the 11s.

      • Robert

        I have an 11S as well, it’s a Haswell one you can get at BestBuy. If you run under balanced mode you can get around 5-6 hours of life, under Power Saver i’m getting around 7.5 or so.

        I had a Lenovo Twist before this but I felt it was too big, the Yoga feels just small enough that you can use as a tablet – yeah it’s a lot bigger than an actual tablet and heavier too, but sizewise it’s useable and isn’t too awkward to hold in your hand or lap while you’re in bed or on the couch.

        I hope they have a cheaper Thinkpad Yoga coming soon.

      • Daniel

        It has the 3rd Gen Core i5, so the battery life is not stellar. A new Haswell version would make a BIG difference. But I got a great deal on a refurb so I can’t complain too much.