At first glance the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S looks like a Windows 8 notebook with an 11.6 inch display. And it kind of is. You can open the lid and use it like a laptop. But if you keep opening the lid and push it back 180 degrees so it’s resting behind the keyboard you can also hold the Yoga 11S and use it like a tablet. Because it’s that too.
This is actually the third member of the IdeaPad Yoga family. The first was the Yoga 13, which has a 13.3 inch display and a price tag of around $1000.
The second model is the IdeaPad Yoga 11, which is the same size and shape as the 11S, but which has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Windows RT software (and a much more affordable $500 price tag).
Lenovo’s Yoga 11S splits the difference, offering an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Windows 8 Pro software, and an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display.
The computer will be available with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage thanks to a solid state disk. It measures 11.7″ x 8″ x 0.7″ and weighs about 3.1 pounds and Lenovo says the Yoga 11S should get up to 6 hours of battery life.
It’s a little thicker and heavier than a tablet that doesn’t have a keyboard permanently attached. But the advantage of a Yoga is that you don’t have to pack a separate keyboard to use this tablet like a laptop.