Lenovo Yoga 11S Windows 8 hybrid now available for pre-order

First announced in January during CES 2013, the Lenovo Yoga 11S hybrid Windows 8 PC is finally available for online pre-orders. This smaller version of the previously launched Yoga 13 will officially go on sale in Best Buy stores on June 23rd.

Lenovo's press release states that the 11.6 inch, three pound Yoga 11S has the special hinge feature that is a part of both the Yoga 13 and the Windows RT-based Yoga 11 that allows the touchscreen to flip around and be used as a tablet, along with other configurations such as 'tent mode', shown above. Buyers can choose to have an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, along with either 128 or 256 GB of SSD storage and either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. There's also an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip inside. Lenovo estimates that the PC has a battery life of up to six hours.

The Yoga 11S starts at $799 for the Core i3 version, with prices increasing if users want to have one of the other two Intel processors. Buyers can choose to pick from two separate colors for the PC: Silver Grey and Clementine Orange.

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Hello,

I have a Yoga 11, the Windows RT version. It's a very nice piece of kit, hardware-wise, in terms of touchscreen, keyboard and battery life, but is limited, software-wise, to what's in the Windows Store. This new Intel/Windows 8 version should address a lot of those limitations, although it would have been nice to see more than one USB 3.0 port (still, the 11-non-s only has USB 2.0).

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

as a big fan of the Yoga series, I say this is great. Really really want a Yoga 14' convertible.

edit: although i WILL have to wait for Haswell

$799 for a hybrid? For that kind of money one can buy a "real" laptop or desktop. Why throw money away on a machine, that by definition (hybrid), is going to be just a collection of compromises?

Lenovo needs to release ThinkPad Helix already... actually they did, but only through university program at the moment...but why restrict its product from the public is beyond me... They can release all the Yoga they want, but I want Helix!!

Even if it doesn't have the Wacom pen, I wish I'd bought this instead of a Surface Pro. You never realize how much you need those laptop hinges until you only have a kickstand.

I just picked one up today after seeing the not so great price of the Surface Pro. It's £200 cheaper for the i5 model and it's faster in every way. It's not as thin and light but not by much, it's still really light and thin compared to most laptops. Also you get a bigger variation in screen positions and better battery life. My only issue so far is the lack of a rear camera and the front one is really poor. So don't expect to be taking photo's/videos with it like an iPad.

Mine doesn't really leave the house unless i'm travelling.
I just enjoy it sitting in the couch. So the camera is not that important, it's good enough for a Skype conversation.

I came from a 1st gen i3 processor with an old 5400 rpm harddrive so this thing is flying for me

I've got a Yoga 13 as well and love it. I didn't know they claimed 8 hours for it. It's about 4-5, depending on use, but it only takes like half an hour to fully charge, which is pretty awesome.

Stoffel said,
I have a Yoga 13inch and I'm really happy with it
Battery life is good but nowhere near the 8hours they claim

Battery claims are usually made against power saver mode, screen brightness at minimum, all wireless turned off, and nothing more complicated than basic productivity software running.

why are companies allowed to do this? i think battery life tests should require half brightness of screen, IE and a word processing application seeing as most consumers pretty much do these simple tasks on a day to day basis.

I'm not a fan of battery time ratings. I get 2.5 hours out of my "7-hour" McBook Pro battery under normal operating conditions.

suprNOVA said,
why are companies allowed to do this? i think battery life tests should require half brightness of screen, IE and a word processing application seeing as most consumers pretty much do these simple tasks on a day to day basis.

I'd be happy with them doing what cars do for fuel economy--two different values (cars often do city vs. highway). Offer the current value as an absolute maximum, and then offer an averaged value based on a variety of usage patterns.

We don't need to know the battery life at maximum performance, maximum brightness, bluetooth enabled, while streaming Netflix, encoding video, and burning to blu-ray. But that value is just as ridiculous to advertise as the current extreme opposite.

has 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD! SSD and 2566GB of it for $799 is dead cheap. way cheaper than the bad SSD 64GB in the Ativ smart pc and more than the Surface pro. if this had a digitizer i would jump for this immediately.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
has 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD! SSD and 2566GB of it for $799 is dead cheap. way cheaper than the bad SSD 64GB in the Ativ smart pc and more than the Surface pro. if this had a digitizer i would jump for this immediately.

I'm not sure but I believe that is not correct. They go up to 8GB and 256GB SSD but standard is 4GB and 128GB SSD for $799.

Yup, just checked the website, I was right