Lenovo Outs ThinkPad Yoga With ‘Lift and Lock’ Keyboard — Hands-on at IFA

Posted on 06 September 2013 by

Lenovo is taking it’s convertible Ultrabook design into the business world, today announcing the ThinkPad Yoga. The ThinkPad Yoga comes with a unique keyboard that hides away when the unit is in tablet mode to create a smooth back to the unit.

The ThinkPad Yoga is just what it sounds like — a ThinkPad Ultrabook with Lenovo unique Ultrabook convertible design which lets you flip the screen all the way onto the back of the unit, converting in a tablet mode.

New, and not available on any of the other Yoga-style products, is the ‘lift and lock’ keyboard. When the screen is flipped back into tablet mode, the foundation of the keyboard (between the keys) rises up to match the key height, creating a flush surface that Lenovo says will protect the keyboard and create a smooth rear surface so that you don’t have to feel the keyboard when using the unit as a tablet.

Other features are business centric, including up to a 1TB HHD, a OneLink connector for docking, an optional active digitizer, TPM, and NFC options. Inside is Intel’s latest Haswell chips, up to Core i7.

The 12.5-inch IPS touchscreen display can be either 1366×768, or 1920×1080 — an option we’re happy to see finally provided.

As for ports, you’ll find 2x USB 3.0, micro HDMI, the aformentioned OneLink connector, a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack, and full SD slot.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga starts at $949 with a release date in November.

Our very own Chippy is on the show floor at IFA this week and already has a hands-on video with the ThinkPad Yoga!


  • 3rain3ug

    Thats realy nice ! Hope for changeable battery and SSD… !?

  • Julius

    It’ll have a HOT-SWAPABLE battery (from what I was told),
    and it comes with a SSD(128/256BG) + Harddrive(512GB/1TB), which limits the amount of battery capacity you can put in there…
    I asked if it’s possible to have additional battery instead of the harddrive – unfortunately it isn’t…
    So they told me, that you’ll get 5.3h@i7,6h@i5,8h@i3 when watching FHD videos… swapable battery is very important to have, when you want to come over one woking day mobile…

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  • Touko

    I like the concept, but I distrust that mechanical flattening keyboard mechanism.

    I’d always be wondering about the day it gets stuck and prevents you from even opening the display without breaking it further.

    Like that Sony Duo mechanism, I tried that in the store, and I find it unacceptably flimsy.

    I know this is Lenovo and not Sony, I guess I’d have to see a diagram of how they actually built that. Everything else about that system seems nice, except its not metal, which I prefer. I think Lenovo uses very strong plastic, but it always looks cheap and the surface finish is poor.

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