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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA Is An Ultrabook With A Tablet Twist, Or Bend, Or Something

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Are Ultrabooks tablet killers? We pose that very question on the cover of this month’s print issue. The debate rages on, but Lenovo is looking to skirt the issue with a newly unveiled offering. Rather than going the Eee Pad Transformer/Slider route and sticking a keyboard on a tablet, Lenovo instead got all bendy and twisty with the IdeaPad YOGA, a touchscreen Ultrabook with a 360 degree hinge on its lid. That little design tweak lets you use the YOGA as a tablet or a notebook. Heck, you can even give it a V-shape, stand it on its end and treat it like an all-in-one.
Buoying its tablet-like claims is its miniscule size; the YOGA clocks in at just 3.1 lbs. and 0.67-inches thick. Spec-wise, the YOGA rocks 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, an Intel Core Processor and a 13.1-inch, 1600x900 capacitive touchscreen that can handle up to 10 points of contact. Why the touchscreen? The IdeaPad YOGA runs Windows 8, you see – which means we probably won’t be seeing it for a while.
It's a nifty idea (and before you get any nifty ideas, you should know that Lenovo patented the dual-hinge design). Would multi-use notebooks like this make you more inclined to embrace Windows 8 with open ARMs


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