Lenovo Group on Wednesday announced launch of a new family of hybrid laptops that can be easily converted into tablets as well as one tablet with detachable keyboard. The product series includes three Idea-branded hybrid notebooks and a tablet as well as a ThinkPad business-oriented convertible system.
“Our family of ultrabook convertibles addresses the unique needs of consumers, businesses and everyone in between by creating high performance laptop-tablet combinations in new designs and different sizes. We think these innovative convertibles are the best devices for a groundbreaking touchscreen experience, plus their multi-modes give people even more ways to use their PC,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president of product group at Lenovo.
The new product family includes IdeaPad Yoga 11 (with Nvidia Tegra 3) and IdeaPad Yoga 13 (Intel Core i7) with a revolutionary hinge that allows it to uniquely move 360° and fold from laptop to tablet in one simple motion; IdeaTab Lynx (with Intel dual-core Atom) media tablet with detachable keyboard; as well as ThinkPard Twist (with Intel Core i7) system that can be turned into a tablet from notebook by rotating (twisting) the screen, just like classic ThinkPad convertibles.
The IdeaPad Yoga’s revolutionary hinge allows it to uniquely move 360° and fold from laptop to tablet in one simple motion. Both Yoga 13 and 11 can be used in completely new ways: convert them into a Stand by flipping the keyboard behind the screen to comfortably watch movies or view pictures up close, or bend them upright like a Tent to bring games or video chats to life. Users can even gesture to flip through photos and other content with Yoga 13’s special Motion Control technology or simply use their fingers on the multi-touch screen.
The IdeaTab Lynx is one of the first Windows 8-based tablets with the latest dual-core Intel Atom "Cedar Trail" processor. This 11.6" tablet caters to the mobile individual who wants to combine fun and work: users can interact with a variety of Windows 8 apps via its multi-touch screen when on the go or they can connect it to its keyboard for a full-function PC experience that includes writing documents in Microsoft Word, creating presentations in PowerPoint and building spreadsheets in Excel. With Lynx, users can enjoy 16 hours of battery life (with optional base), and they can enjoy cinema-quality sound with Dolby Home Theatre and easily connect to printers, hard drives and other accessories with a full size USB port when attached to the base.
The ThinkPad Twist 12.5" gives professionals the technologies they need for both their business and personal computing. For exceptional business-class productivity, ThinkPad Twist packs Intel Core i7 processors, Windows 8 Pro, optional 3G, large storage up to 500GB or 128GB SSD and the ThinkPad-brand’s keyboard and quality and reliability features. Users can work for hours with nearly all-day battery life and tablet-like quick resume from standby. This powerful machine also includes dedicated software tools specifically for small business including Lenovo Solutions for Small Business powered by Intel Small Business Advantage and Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync. Like Yoga, Twist can convert into new modes like Stand, a great position for work collaboration via the multi-touch screen.
“Lenovo was one of the first to embrace convertible design coupled with touch interaction in a big way and the Yoga 13 and ThinkPad Twist are both remarkable devices that are sure to wow consumers. These designs fueled with powerful Intel third-generation Core processors will deliver the key attributes of the PC and tablet into a single system - essentially people are getting ‘two for one’,” said Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of PC client group at Intel.