Lenovo unveils first Windows 8 convertible: the Yoga 13

Lenovo has announced today their new line up of devices for Windows 8, starting with the Yoga 11" and 13", and they're pretty impressive devices.

We actually saw these all the way back at CES in January, but details were few and far between back then. Lenovo has confirmed today that the Yoga will feature a Intel i7 processor, 13.3" IPS display (1600 x 900), Intel HD 4000 graphics, up to 8GB DDR memory, 128/256GB SSD storage, 720p forward-facing camera and weighs in at just 1.5KG (3.4 pounds). The Yoga 13 will feature fully-blown Windows 8 Professional.

The Yoga 13" features a 10-point multitouch display that can fold all the way back, making it one of the more interesting (and unique) designs that will be on the market. Lenovo claims that the device will get at least 8 hours of battery life thanks to Intel's 3rd generation ULV processor. The Yoga 13" also has a little brother, the Yoga 11", which features Windows RT.

As with pretty much every Windows 8 notebook announcement so far, these devices have no release date. We're betting that we'll hear more on October 26, but for now, continue to sit on your hands.

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Kinda interesting. I guess it would work well folded flat on a table (if the keys are recessed enough), but it seems like it would be awkward to use in your hands without accidentally hitting the keys on the back.

Stetson said,
Kinda interesting. I guess it would work well folded flat on a table (if the keys are recessed enough), but it seems like it would be awkward to use in your hands without accidentally hitting the keys on the back.

I'm assuming when it's used in tablet mode, it'll automatically disable the keyboard and touchpad to prevent that from happening.

Denis W said,

I'm assuming when it's used in tablet mode, it'll automatically disable the keyboard and touchpad to prevent that from happening.

Agreed that that's probably how it works. Still, having a keyboard where you're trying to grip a tablet doesn't seem optimal.

Stetson said,
Kinda interesting. I guess it would work well folded flat on a table (if the keys are recessed enough), but it seems like it would be awkward to use in your hands without accidentally hitting the keys on the back.

I've seen a video of this demonstrated and the person noted that the keyboard disables when it is used in a way that you couldn't use the keyboard.

Jimmy422 said,
This sounds awesome but I have a feeling the i7 is going to make it incredibly expensive.

If it's still a dual core it will most likely be marginally better than the others.

Interesting. One of the few Windows 8 tablets to have 8GB RAM. No Wacom is mentioned, so I'm assuming it isn't there. What a shame.

Still looking for my perfect Windows 8 Tablet:
i5/i7 processor
8GB or more RAM (16GB would be AWESOME)
Multi-Touch with Wacom (not N-Trig's garbage)
256GB SSD
2x USB 3.0
Gigabit Ethernet
MiniDP

mrp04 said,
Interesting. One of the few Windows 8 tablets to have 8GB RAM. No Wacom is mentioned, so I'm assuming it isn't there. What a shame.

Still looking for my perfect Windows 8 Tablet:
i5/i7 processor
8GB or more RAM (16GB would be AWESOME)
Multi-Touch with Wacom (not N-Trig's garbage)
256GB SSD
2x USB 3.0
Gigabit Ethernet
MiniDP

closest is the HP Spectre XT Touchsmart with thunderbolt and 256GB SSD and multi touch and i5. too bad 6G

Are you really going to use all that ram? Even if the processor is called i5 or i7 it doesn't mean it will be even remotely comparable to a desktop or notebook version: it will most certainly be a dual-core (even if i7) and with ~2GHz and lower clock so virtual machines or other ram-intensive application will have an hard time running anyway.

mrp04 said,
Interesting. One of the few Windows 8 tablets to have 8GB RAM.

This isn't a tablet. It's a Ultrabook with a touch screen that folds all the way back. The screen does not detach.

francescob said,
Are you really going to use all that ram?

I have 32GB RAM and still need more sometimes. Its easy to use up loads of RAM depending on what software you use.

mrp04 said,
Interesting. One of the few Windows 8 tablets to have 8GB RAM. No Wacom is mentioned, so I'm assuming it isn't there. What a shame.

Still looking for my perfect Windows 8 Tablet:
i5/i7 processor
8GB or more RAM (16GB would be AWESOME)
Multi-Touch with Wacom (not N-Trig's garbage)
256GB SSD
2x USB 3.0
Gigabit Ethernet
MiniDP

Don't get too picky about 'Wacom', even N-Trig has gotten better, especially when their main issues were driver support that has changed considerably with Windows 8 certification.

There are also other vendors with good products that even exceed some of the lower end Wacom digitizers.

Wacom is in a strange state right now, as they have dabbled in the TabletPC world as a provider, but have always catered to Apple, even though most of their digitizers only get full functionality on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Wacom doesn't know what to do with Windows 8, as it is too much in the consumer's face and vendors are wanting to offer Ink/Stylus support with is far beyond finger painting on a low quality touch technology like the iPad and other Tablets use.

Wacom has sold their own Displays for many years, that still cost more than a full Windows 7 TabletPC as the prices have dropped, yet the TabletPC is a full computer and has the same quality digitizer as the Wacom Screen only devices.

This creates a problem for them, and they will shove their products more towards Apple out of fear. The test will be to see how many vendors implement Wacom digitizers in Windows 8 tablets and how open Wacom is to being in that role only.

Wacom is good, but having been using digitizer technology since the late 80s, they were not always the best, and still aren't compared to some technologies.

stop using that design, its stupid and nobody will like it. Its just blows my mind that they think a product like this will be a success, that is one of the worst designs I have ever seen for a computer. Just make the keyboard swivel around, nobody is going to like that those damn buttons are all over the back like that, and its just going to expose them to hard surfaces and make the more prone to breaking.

WORST DESIGN EVER!

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