CES always brings lots of weird and wonderful things to see. With Windows 8 around the corner, and the potential game changer it may become, I was hoping to see lots of Windows 8 enabled hardware. There was some, but not as much as I had hoped for, and must of it was another tablet or laptop, but not with Lenovo.
While roaming the floor at ShowStoppers, I caught a glimpse of the kind of hardware I was hoping to see more of. Lenovo has a truly innovative design that allows you to have both a laptop and a tablet. The model I saw, I think its being referred to as “Yoga”, was just 17mm thick with a touch screen. When you’re looking to use the keyboard, just pop open the device as you normally would.
Thanks to a special dual-hinge, when you want a tablet experience, you can swing that screen back and fold it over onto itself. You’re bending the screen over so the back of the screen touches the bottom of the laptop. Once the screen goes past 180 degrees the keyboard and trackpad are automatically disabled. Now, you have a very functional tablet but without the sacrifice of leaving apps or files behind.
There will be various different configurations for Yoga, but the price is expected to start around $1200. Depending on the SSD, memory and screen size, that price will change.