The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 convertible is an 11.6 inch touchscreen laptop that becomes a tablet when you fold back the display 360 degrees so that it’s resting behind the keyboard. Lenovo’s Yoga line of laptop/tablet hybrids has been available for a few years, but the Yoga 2 is the cheapest model so far to ship with Windows 8.1 (rather than Windows RT).
Best Buy is now selling a model with an Intel Pentium Bay Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for $500.
Update: As of January 30th, 2014, Best Buy has removed the product page for the Yoga 2 11.
Update 2: The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is now officially available in the US for $520 and up.
This model features an Intel Pentium N3510 chip with a TDP of 7.5W. It’s based on the same architecture as Intel’s latest Atom chips, but this 2 GHz quad-core processor uses a bit more power, offers a bit more performance, and supports up to 8GB of RAM. The system features Intel HD graphics.
Thanks to the low-power chip, the Yoga 2 11 doesn’t generate a lot of heat, and can use passive cooling. That means there are no noisy fans in the case. There are two speaker grills on the bottom of the case which look like vents, but they’re not.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 has a 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, 720p camera, and micro HDMI port.
You don’t get a free copy of Microsoft Office with this model (it’s a bit too big to qualify for the free Office Home & Student license that you get with some small and inexpensive Windows tablets). But you do get Windows 8.1 64-bit and a 30-day trail of Office 2013.
The notebook measures 11.7″ x 8.1″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 2.9 pounds. That makes it a bit big and heavy for a tablet, but pretty small for a laptop… especially one which you can also use as a tablet.
You can check out my hands-on video with the Yoga 2 11 from CES in the video below (it also includes a look at the new Yoga 2 13 convertible which should be available soon for around $1000).