Lenovo Yoga–Convertible Ultrabook Hands-On

Posted on 10 January 2012 by

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Although I missed the first showing of the Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook at CES today I bumped into it at a press event this evening. It’s an efficient implementation of an Ultrabook that converts into a tablet and with a 1600×900 IPS screen, it looked great. Pricing could be on the high-side of course but if Lenovo do managed to bring this to market with Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge in Q3/Q4 2012 it will be one amazingly unique Ultrabook. Lenovo think they can reach 7 hours of true battery life.

Images and video below.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of 13” tablets that weigh 3lb or more but at least this design is simple and unlike slider devices, keeps the screen protected when not in use.  Here are the pics, scroll down for the hands-on video.

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Lenovo Yoga Hands-On Video

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  • Awesome, this is something I’d like to have despite the weight…

  • Aigak

    yeah, interesting thing, vety unconventional.

    To chippy: could you make some clear large photos of Vaio ultrabook prototype there, from all 4 sides (it is somewhere under glass cube in the show hall)? Thanks.

  • Nikolay

    Also if there is any Dell ultrabook :d

    • Aigak


      Specs of Dell Ultrabook XPS 13;

      Processor: Intel Core i3 2367M, Core i5 2467M or Core i7 2637M dual core
      Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333 MHz
      Graphics: Intel HD 3000
      Hard Drive: 128GB SSD or 256GB SSD with Intel Rapid Start
      Display: 13.3” HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass
      Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
      Wireless: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 a/g/n with Intel Smart Connect Technology + Bluetooth 3.0
      Sound: High Definition Audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4
      Keyboard: Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard
      Pointing Device: Seamless glass buttonless touchpad
      Webcam: 1.3MP H.264 supported webcam with dual array digital microphones
      Power: 47WHr Battery (enclosed); Up to 8hrs battery life (based on MobileMark test with Wi-Fi off)
      I/O Ports: USB 3.0 (1)+ USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1); mini DisplayPort (1); Headset Jack (1)
      Height: 0.24-0.71” (6-18mm)
      Width: 12.4” (316mm)
      Depth: 8.1” (205mm)
      Starting Weight: 2.99lbs (1.4kg)



      It is still unnounced, strangely.

  • Lucien

    It’s 3.1 lbs so that’s not much over 3.
    Screen resolution & battery life looks really good.

    How does Ivy Bridge perf compare to the core I5?

  • Lazerous

    Are the keyboard and trackpad disabled when in tablet mode? I can see myself hitting the keys and trackpad constantly while in tablet mode.

    • Lucien

      I assume you can lock keyboard but I’d think that’s probably manual except for tablet mode.
      There’s extra space around the keys so it’s less likely you touch the keys in tablet mode at least.

      Convertible is more versatile but that said I love Yoga’s IPS 400nits screen. Price would range from $1000-$1200 which I think is reasonable especially with SSD.

  • André

    I think that there is a market for convertible ultrabooks. This one is too heavy and too large for what I need. Do hope they’ll have sth like this with 9′ and 2lbs.

  • Babouche

    the Lenovo Yoga is the best laptop/tablet in the market
    this xps is a real piece of garbage, a low reolution, low contrast, low viewing angle, all the opposite of the macbook air
    if you compare the macbook air screen vs the new ipad, well the former is a shit screen
    new ipad has a nice IPS, touchscreen and ultra high resolution, and that only cost apple 70$
    Dell screws you? all with that cheap screen

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  • Sukhman


    I love this

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  • What is the best yoga teacher training video?
    I don’t mind paying small fee.

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