Lenovo Yoga 11 2 at CES? Hints in FCC Docs.

Updated on 17 December 2013 by

Yoga 11 2 laptop

We’ve just reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 11S and found it to be an exciting and yet productive sub-notebook with usage modes that go way beyond what a standard clamshell can achieve. The Haswell update is shipping too so you can now expect longer battery life but what’s really needed is a re-design around that platform in order to shave some weight off and make it more usable as a tablet. There are hints that it’s already happened.

In documents going through the FCC it looks like Broadcom is testing a new wireless chipset with a “Lenovo Yoga 2 11.” Images are available…

 

Yoga 11 2 Lenovo Yoga 11S _20_

The under-side is certainly different. Speakers are located in the middle and the fan output has been moved. (Original on right. FCC image aspect-ratio appears somewhat squeezed.)

Yoga 11 2 laptopLenovo Yoga 11S

There’s a tiny spacebar with two extra, unknown keys either side of it. (Original on right)

More images here.

Looking at the internal image you can see the yellow-covered fan or heat-pipe. The 4500Mah battery could indicate a smaller, 2-cell, 32Wh capacity. That would make sense for a smaller device and with Haswell-Y series on board you probably won’t lose anything in battery life over the original 11S with Ivy Bridge.

Lenovo Yoga 11 2 internal

Soldered ram (top-center under the metal casing) makes sense but a 2.5-inch SATA SSD? For the smallest design we’d expect an NGFF mSATA part although this could be a cost-reduction move, especially when there’s evidence of a Pentium-based version.

No doubt all will be revealed at CES in just three weeks. If Lenovo can get the Yoga 11 2 under 1KG and under $699 a lot of people will be happy.

Source: FCC, Via Liliputing.

6 Comments For This Post

  1. MrNoodle says:

    The small spacebar is most likely due to a Japanese kayboard.

  2. Chippy says:

    Thanks MrNoodle

  3. David Simpson says:

    I thought the Haswell 11s was already on sale at Best Buy in the US. Google throws up a few search results, with one stating “4th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-4210Y”.

    Could there be another version?

  4. DavidC1 says:

    Eww, 32WHr battery. Get it away! 5-6 hours of battery life if Ivy Bridge class, it should be 7-8 hours at least. Are we jumping backwards now? And from Lenovo devices, they don’t exactly have the most power efficient designs either. The Yoga 2 Pro achieves only 6 hours on Haswell and a 54WHr battery. Even the original Yoga was deficient needing 54WHr to the same as others did with a 47WHr.

    I am seriously looking for a 2.5lb or under Convertible with Digitizer and Core chips. They are really making it hard. I was looking forward very much to the XPS 11 for that, but it seems the stylus really sucks.

  5. CheapMonk says:

    Hi, I’m scratching my head as to why MacBooks Air 11″ are so much more power efficient than any ultrabook. For example, with the same Core i5-4250U, they are capable to sip 1,5W at Idle something really far away from anything in the PC world (the best i’ve seen is 3,5W at Idle). And i repeat, it is with the same Haswell processor. Battery runtime surfing with wifi is 10h20 with a machine weighing 1,1kg. So, what are they doing right ? If you tell me it’s Windows, i’m not so sure because the Yoga RT with a Tegra was rated with an exceptional battery life of 13h.

  6. DavidC1 says:

    CheapMonk :
    Hi, I’m scratching my head as to why MacBooks Air 11? are so much more power efficient than any ultrabook. For example, with the same Core i5-4250U, they are capable to sip 1,5W at Idle something really far away from anything in the PC world (the best i’ve seen is 3,5W at Idle). And i repeat, it is with the same Haswell processor. Battery runtime surfing with wifi is 10h20 with a machine weighing 1,1kg. So, what are they doing right ? If you tell me it’s Windows, i’m not so sure because the Yoga RT with a Tegra was rated with an exceptional battery life of 13h.

    It is partly due to Windows. Oh, and Yoga RT has a slow ARM chip so its not comparable. Even in the x86 space, Bay Trail is better than Haswell in battery life.

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