Hands On: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga running Windows 8

Lenovo introduced a new device called the Yoga 13, it is part of the IdeaPad line of products but this one runs Windows 8. Neowin was able to catch of with this device and get a quick tour of what the tablet will offer.

Naturally, the form factor offers a lot of flexibility. The swivel screen makes excellent use of Windows 8 touch interface, the thin profile makes it attractive enough to take with you on a daily basis and with a Intel running things behind the scenes with an SSD to boot, this makes for one attractive device.

Take a look at the video below to learn more and see this upcoming Windows 8 product in action. 

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That's pretty close to my dream machine. I wish they could have spun the screen around and flattened it back on top of the keyboard instead of the other way. That with longer battery life and a little thinner, and that would be all I ever wanted right there, till the hologram laptop come out that is.

Interesting concept but.......... where is the pen?

My understanding is that in order to be a "Tablet" a device must have, at least based on MS specs, handwriting capable but the guy did not show or mentioned this ability at all.

I have been using MS powered Tablets since these kind of devices launched and I would never consider one without the ability to write on it using a pen.

Also while I agree that the idea is very intriguing I wonder if the keyboard gets automatically disabled when you turn the device in a Tablet.

Fritzly said,
Interesting concept but.......... where is the pen?

My understanding is that in order to be a "Tablet" a device must have, at least based on MS specs, handwriting capable but the guy did not show or mentioned this ability at all.

I have been using MS powered Tablets since these kind of devices launched and I would never consider one without the ability to write on it using a pen.

Also while I agree that the idea is very intriguing I wonder if the keyboard gets automatically disabled when you turn the device in a Tablet.

There is no requirements. Windows 7 and 8 both support touch and pen. You can have both or only one.

Fritzly said,
Also while I agree that the idea is very intriguing I wonder if the keyboard gets automatically disabled when you turn the device in a Tablet.

If you watched the video you wouldn't have to wonder - because the question is asked and answered there. Yes.

mrp04 said,

There is no requirements. Windows 7 and 8 both support touch and pen. You can have both or only one.

That's all well and good - but the question was if the *hardware* does.

Memnochxx said,

If you watched the video you wouldn't have to wonder - because the question is asked and answered there. Yes.


That's all well and good - but the question was if the *hardware* does.

Thanks for the clarification; I actually watched the video so probably I missed it.
Btw if there was a video and I did not care to watch it........ I would not have asked a question related to the content of the video itself.................. be reassured about it.................

Price is starting at 1199$. Ouch. For this price, it better offer much more than the competing devices.
This is unfortunately where Windows 8 will hurt since Microsoft has very few to say about the OEM prices.

TheCyberKnight said,
Price is starting at 1199$. Ouch. For this price, it better offer much more than the competing devices.
This is unfortunately where Windows 8 will hurt since Microsoft has very few to say about the OEM prices.

you call 1199 bad? Thats on par with the base spec of most high end laptops these days. I don't even bother looking at laptops that are under 1000 any more, had way to many problems with those. Sure most people will go for the $300 laptops, but those are well cheap. With this you are getting a touch tablet and a pretty nice notebook

the exposed keyboard looks like a very bad idea. I can see myself putting it away in a bag in tablet mode and ripping some keys off.

Also the hinges seem a bit springy and I would worry about wear and tear

this is soooooo kool!!.. i have just one problem. From a design perspective.. the keys will feel weird when held as a tablet... thats my only concern... But this will work brilliantly on top of a table.

Looks amazing, the down facing keyboard when it's in tablet mode worries me though. I mean I know he said it's disabled but I'd be constantly worried about damaging the exposed keyboard

Does look very interesting. I think it's devices like this which will give Windows 8 the edge because you've still got the full functionality of a full Windows OS. Android and iOS can't compete with that directly. Apple have a chance as they could do a similar configuration which switches between OSX and iOS

I dig that it's a notebook you can fold back in on itself.

...just like an actual paper notebook, lol. This is as far as the metaphor can go, and maybe it's the perfect direction to go in? This is the ONLY convertible form factor that can't be broken by mis-handling the mechanism.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Wow, this looks promising, i cringed though when he did the 360, plus 8 hours battery. Not bad.

Its running ivy bridge so it may be possible.

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Wow, this looks promising, i cringed though when he did the 360, plus 8 hours battery. Not bad.

he did't say 8 Hours he say 3 hours up. that no good.

When I first saw it, I loved it but immediately thought about the inevitable keyboard-on-the-carpet scenario. I'm not going to dismiss the whole product just yet, though, because the obviousness of the issue gives me hope that Lenovo thought of that scenario, too.

I'm willing to wait and see if they designed the keyboard to resist dust and be extra-durable. IF IT IS, then I will continue to adore the device. If it isn't? Eh, I'll be pretty disappointed, because the look of this makes me nerdgasm.

I'm really wondering what the specs are and how it feels to hold it with the keyboard exposed on the back, but it does look promising. =)