The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a Windows notebook with an 11.6 inch touchscreen display which you can push back 360 degrees until it’s back to back with the keyboard, letting you hold the device like a tablet.
Lenovo started selling the Yoga 11S in June, offering models with Intel’s 3rd generation Core, or “Ivy Bridge” processors. Now the company is offering a model with an Intel Core i5-4210Y “Haswell” processor which is part of the 4th-generation Core family.
The new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is available from Best Buy for $800.
While the new chip should provide a modest performance bump, the biggest difference is that it’s a low power chip that helps boost the computer’s battery life by up to 2 hours.
A $730 model with a 3rd generation Core i3 processor, for instance, gets up to 5 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, while the new model should run for up to 7 hours and 24 minutes.
I only noticed the new model because it showed up in an Intel holiday buyer’s guide.
Aside from the new processor, the new Yoga 11S looks a lot like the original. The Windows 8 convertible measures about 0.7 inches thick, weighs 3 pounds, features WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive.
At 3 pounds it’s kind of heavy for a tablet, but pretty light for a notebook — and considering it has a keyboard which is not detachable, it’s probably best to think of the Yoga 11S as a laptop that you can use as a tablet (or prop up in “tent mode” for watching videos or presentations) rather than as a tablet with keyboard.