Lenovo has officially announced their Yoga line of convertible tablet-laptops. Back in January at CES 2012, Lenovo showed off the hardware running Windows 8 Developer Release, but they declined to talk any real details about availability, specs, and price. All they would say is that it will be ready for the Windows 8 launch. And that time has come!
We now know that there are 2 Yoga models – the IdeaPad Yoga 11 and the 13. Both models feature the same awesome hinged screen that allows the keyboard to fold back behind the screen. The Yoga 11 will be powered by Windows RT and have an 11.6” screen at 1366×768 resolution. At 2.8 pounds and just 15.6mm thick, the Yoga 11 will offer a great compromise between the laptop and tablet world. So far, manufacturers have been focused on putting RT into tablets. This device isn’t much thicker than the average tablet, but still offers a true physical keyboard that many laptop users long for on tablets. Inside you will find a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB SSD of storage, Bluetooth 4, 802.11n Wireless, a 720p Webcam, two USB 2 ports, and HDMI out.
The Yoga 13 offers a larger 13.3” screen, a little thicker at 17mm, higher resolution (1600×900). Powered by Intel’s i5 and i7 processors with Intel’s HD 4000 graphics, up to 8GB or RAM, up to 256GB SSD of storage, 802.11n Wireless, Bluetooth 4, 720p Webcam, a USB 3 and a USB 2 port, and HDMI out. Basically, the 13 will bring a bigger screen, faster processor, more memory, and increased storage – all good things to have in my opinion.
At CES, Lenovo hinted that the price would be $1200 for a fully loaded Yoga, and it looks like they are pretty close on that. The Yoga 11 will start at $799 and increase based on the selected options, and the Yoga 13 will start at $1099. According to the press release, the Yoga 13 will be available for pre-order from Best Buy starting on October 12th, and will be available starting on October 26. The Yoga 11 will be available starting in December.
Good price? Cool hardware? Will you be picking one up?