Lenovo have announced two Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabooks and an Atom-based convertible. The Ideapad Yoga 13, Ideapad Lynx and Thinkpad Twist. Prices for the Ultrabook models start at $849.
Lenovo Twist and Lenovo Lynx
The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is a device that could bring a lot of attention to Lenovos Ultrabooks but will it sell? It starts at $1099 in the US (pre-order from Oct 12th, availability from Oct 26th.) It weighs just under 1.5KG which, while fine for a laptop with up to 8hrs of battery life, could be a problem for those wanting to use it as a tablet. More in the Yoga, including our videos, here.
Ideapad Yoga 13 Features:
- 1600×900 multi-touch screen
- Core i5/i7 CPU
- SSD storage up to 256GB
- One USB3.0 port plus one USB2.0 port
- HDMI port
- SD card reader
The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist uses a rotating 12.5” screen as we’ve seen on some netbooks in previous years. It achieves much the same as the Yoga does, at a starting price of $849. This business-class device comes with options up to Core i7. There’s a 350nit IPS display too. A Display Port connector is also included. (V1.1 on Ivy Bridge.)
Thinkpad Twist Features:
- 1366×768 multitouch screen with Gorilla Glass
- Core i3, i5, i7 options
- Max 8GB RAM
- Two USB3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort
Focused at the consumer is the Lenovo Ideapad Lynx. As with some other products launching with Windows 8 in Q4, this one has a removable tablet component. We suspect the complete package could be a little heavier than most Ultrabooks but you’ve got some interesting flexibility there. The screen is 11.6” meaning the tablet section shouldn’t be too heavy. This isn’t an Ultrabook though. A Clover-Trail dual-core 1.8Ghz Atom CPU will be at the heart of this one which is why the tablet part of this will ‘only’ cost $599.
Ideapad Lynx Features:
- 1366×768 11.6” screen
- Intel Atom Clover Trail CPU (Z2760)
- 2GB RAM
- 32 or 64GB storage
- Micro USB 2.0 port (no USB3.0), micro HDMI and Micro SD port
Lenovo also announced a Windows RT, ARM-based Yoga with 11.6” screen.
Press Release (Lenovo USA)
The big question for us is why couldn’t Lenovo squeeze a Core CPU into the detachable tablet design? We’re seeing this design with Core in a few places but most manufacturers are only offering it with Atom CPU inside. It indicates that the latest Core CPUs aren’t ready for tablet prime-time yet. With lower TDP versions of Core CPUs coming in 2013 we hope to see the Lynx Pro as a true dual-purpose work-horse.
Also unknown at the moment is whether Lenovo will be offering an entry level touch-enabled Ultrabook with traditional laptop hinge.