Lenovo announces two more Windows 8 convertibles: the Lynx and Twist

We hope you can handle all this tablet news, because there's plenty more where that came from. Lenovo has shown off a range of new devices and they aren't finished yet. The company has taken the wraps off the IdeaTab Lynx and the IdeaTab Twist, two extremely different devices featuring the same thing under the hood. 

Lenovo Lynx

The Lenovo Lynx is a tablet PC that features an optional detachable keyboard dock (much like the Surface), and sports a 1.8GHz Intel Atom dual core processor (Z2760), 2GB DDR2 RAM, 32/64GB eMMC storage, a 11.6" IPS HD display, 5-point capacitive touch and a battery that claims 8 hours of life without the dock and 16 with the dock.

That external keyboard dock has a slimline battery along the back which boosts the devices' life considerably, and Lenovo is quick to point out that that kind of battery life can't be beat on an Ultrabook. The Lynx also comes with a range of sensors; a G-sensor, proximity sensor, compass, gyro and ambient light sensor.

Lenovo Twist

Next up, the Lenovo Twist is a new take on the ultrabook that is a throwback to the old tablet days. Remember those "tablets" that could transform into a laptop ten years ago? That's what this is. The Twist features a Intel i7 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, Intel Integrated Graphics, 320/500 GB - 7200 RPM drive or 128 GB SSD and a 720p front-facing camera.

All of this is packed into just 1.58 KG (3.48 pounds) and Lenovo claims 7 hours of "all day" battery life for the Twist, and is targeting the device at the business user rather than the consumer.

We still don't have pricing or release dates for the Lynx, but we do have pricing for the Twist. Businesses will be able to pick up the twist for $849 USD whenever Lenovo chooses to release it (we'll go ahead and guess that it'll be somewhere around October 26).

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now of only someone took that old convertible form-factor, replaced keyboard with second multi-touch+wacom screen (ok, maybe just one screen with wacom) and then add powerful nvidia gpu or replace intel with AMD's most powerful APU, I'd buy that. Also, ability to disable second screen when folding it in regular tablet would make better battery performance when on the go, while also give ability to extend workspace on demand. just imagine how better it is to edit video for example with two screens, or draw something having one screen dedicated to canvas and other to all the toolbars. possible applications for media creation software are as awesome as useful.

5 point capacitive touch? I thought Microsoft restrict the requirement, Windows 8 tablet must have at least 10 point capacitive touch

Eins.MY said,
5 point capacitive touch? I thought Microsoft restrict the requirement, Windows 8 tablet must have at least 10 point capacitive touch

the minimum requirements is 5 point?

I might just have to pick up the Twist. It's the only one so far with all the specs I want (other than detachable screen). Then again, the x230 tablet isn't that much different in specs.

mrp04 said,
I might just have to pick up the Twist. It's the only one so far with all the specs I want (other than detachable screen). Then again, the x230 tablet isn't that much different in specs.

$849 for an i7 with an SSD makes all the other tablets a hard sell with either higher prices or lesser specs. if this has that lenovo 12.5inch screen then I might just end up buying it too. It seems like I'd be paying $250-400 for a sexy form factor and thats it.

mrp04 said,
I might just have to pick up the Twist. It's the only one so far with all the specs I want (other than detachable screen). Then again, the x230 tablet isn't that much different in specs.

More or less comes down to: The X230T has a digitizer. The Twist lacks it...

Arceles said,
Damn intel integrated graphics everywhere

The Intel HD4000 graphics are pretty good, as far as integrated graphics go. Intel have come a long way recently regarding graphics. You could actually run Skyrim with medium settings @ 720p on the Twist.

However the Lynx tablet uses the new Intel Clover Trail CPU, and that DONT have Intel graphics. It has a highly clocked PowerVR SGX 545.

I wouldn't call the Twist a throwback to "10 years ago"...my HP Elitebook 2760p is in the same style and that's a little over a year old.

Surprised to see the twist style coming back. I didn't have much luck with that hinge a few years back, always seemed to around.

You know what would be cool is if they made it twist and also detachable. This way the user could decide if they wanted to use it as a tablet with the keyboard attached (extra battery) or use it as a tablet without the keyboard/battery.

Avatar Roku said,
You know what would be cool is if they made it twist and also detachable. This way the user could decide if they wanted to use it as a tablet with the keyboard attached (extra battery) or use it as a tablet without the keyboard/battery.

Why bother to make it twist if all they'd have to do is allow you to detach it and pop it back in backwards? How hard would it be to have some universal type connector that worked regardless of which way you poped in the screen?

GP007 said,

Why bother to make it twist if all they'd have to do is allow you to detach it and pop it back in backwards? How hard would it be to have some universal type connector that worked regardless of which way you poped in the screen?

Very nice idea. I would love to buy one like that.