Lenovo's Windows 8 Ultrabook/tablet hybrid could cost over $1,900

In January, we got to see Lenovo's rather cool looking IdeaPad Yoga PC for the first time at CES 2012. The product is a hybrid of an Ultrabook-based notebook with a tablet. The screen is designed to swivel so that you can use it as a regular notebook with a physical keyboard and then flip the screen around so you can use it as a rather large touch screen tablet.

The device was designed specifically to run Windows 8 but, as a new article in TabTimes reports, it's going to be rather pricey to obtain the IdeaPad Yoga. The story says that it will be released in October but pricing, at least in the UK, will start at £1,199 (about $1,905) for the basic model. If you want one with a speedier Intel Core i7 processor, the IdeaPad Yoga will cost £1,500 in the UK (about $2,385).

Of course, the whole idea of an Ultrabook/tablet hybrid with a swivel screen is going to make the product more expensive than a regular Ultrabook or a tablet. Lenovo is also already known as a PC maker that sells its products for prices that are higher than those of, say, Dell or HP. Finally, prices for consumer sales in the UK typically add the value-added tax up front. It will be interesting to see if the IdeaPad Yoga will find an audience with it and Windows 8 launches this fall.

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I would prefer an 11" or 13" tablet that come with a dock and a separate keyboard. Most people will go this route, except the ones need to type a lot everyday. You can tout a tablet everywhere and pull out of a bag, sleeve, case, etc. a dockable keyboard only when needed.

The thing I'm most excited about is having Windows 8 (a full-blown OS) and a new breed of apps. This will make touch-based devices breeze to use for all kinds of stuff.

win8 tablets will hit the same price pint as ipad for sure that's why it will run arm, these devices shown above would be the same as a combination of the ipad and mac on one device, which does not exist. I would like to ask mac users or apple users if they would pay $1900 for an apple device that was both an ipad and a mac in one?????

......

Wintel people are used to paying dirt cheap prices for plastic laptops, I can see some people paying much more for tablet/laptop combo but most people wont.

Making a comparison to Apple does not work because Apple people have always paid more for the ...lets just say they are used to paying more.

The reason why Microsoft's notebook did not do well when it was released in 2000 is because of the high price it had. The reason iPad has taken off so well is because of its lower price point. If these vendors haven't learnt from it and are still pricing these at near to $2000, that too when you can get a laptop for near to $500, its just unfortunate.

nbr said,
The reason why Microsoft's notebook did not do well when it was released in 2000 is because of the high price it had. The reason iPad has taken off so well is because of its lower price point. If these vendors haven't learnt from it and are still pricing these at near to $2000, that too when you can get a laptop for near to $500, its just unfortunate.

I don't think the Intel tablets are supposed to compete with the iPad. I imagine the ARM slates are to compete with the iPad, considering the similar specs.

nbr said,
The reason why Microsoft's notebook did not do well when it was released in 2000 is because of the high price it had. The reason iPad has taken off so well is because of its lower price point. If these vendors haven't learnt from it and are still pricing these at near to $2000, that too when you can get a laptop for near to $500, its just unfortunate.

Having used a MS Tablet since they became available I can assure you that comparing a "Real" Tablet with an iPad is like compare apples and oranges.
Please note that I do not mean that one is better than the other, they are different classes of devices.
And I still cannot believe that MS did not trademark something like "Tablet PC" or "Tablet computer" etc.

Firstly do you want a computer called the Yoga? What? Did you say Yoda?

Secondly the price is incredible. Is that what you will be paying for an x86 Windows 8 Metro Tablet/PC hybrid later this year when Win 8 is released? Wow! I cant see them selling too well.

I already have a good desktop and touch UI is not good for my work. I want a toy type-iPad like-secondary less expensive Windows 8 device.

tuneslover said,
I already have a good desktop and touch UI is not good for my work. I want a toy type-iPad like-secondary less expensive Windows 8 device.

Yea I think the devices really make the most sense for someone who can use a laptop for most of their work/content creation. If I could connect 4 monitors to a laptop and not have it explode I'd use one.

tuneslover said,
I already have a good desktop and touch UI is not good for my work. I want a toy type-iPad like-secondary less expensive Windows 8 device.

so don't get a Lenovo, they generally stay away from the bargain basement scene. You'll be catered for on w8 release I have no doubt, just not from premium device companies

£1,500 for a 13" screen. Wow. Are these guys high? I could get three Transformer Primes, or build three top end desktops for that price.

simplezz said,
£1,500 for a 13" screen. Wow. Are these guys high? I could get three Transformer Primes, or build three top end desktops for that price.

Well, Compared to this one Asus Transformer Prime or iPad 3 is a tiny little toy. This is a real PC where you will able to run Photoshop, AfterEffect and 3Ds Max or you can develop apps and games for Transformer Prime or iPad if you want. Moreover, You can simulate 6-8 Android/iOS devices simultaneously on it. So in this case they are not high.

simplezz said,
£1,500 for a 13" screen. Wow. Are these guys high? I could get three Transformer Primes, or build three top end desktops for that price.

Or 3000 items priced at 50p each, its as relevant! Both products you mention are tablet only, ARM based, mobile OS based systems which you think are fine to compare against a full x86 laptop (all your apps work, all your devices work, full production machine, not a toy for browsing and using 'apps') with multitouch touchscreen (same as the aforementioned tablets) and brand new concept hybrid design (not the same in any way as the aforementioned tablets). Well done you

simplezz said,
£1,500 for a 13" screen. Wow. Are these guys high? I could get three Transformer Primes, or build three top end desktops for that price.

See, you just sounded like an uniformed schmuck at first, then you said you could build 3 top end desktops at that price and then you sounded like an idiot. Now, had you said 3 crappy dell desktops I coulda given it to you

This is the equivalant of having both an iPad and a MacBook Air all in one. Cheaper even. I have a Samsung Series 7 Slate and Samsung Series 9 Laptop. I'd easily pay that price to have the two merged together (The slate was purely for Win8 Dev or I'd have a Fire for consumption).

duddit2 said,

Or 3000 items priced at 50p each, its as relevant! Both products you mention are tablet only, ARM based, mobile OS based systems which you think are fine to compare against a full x86 laptop (all your apps work, all your devices work, full production machine, not a toy for browsing and using 'apps') with multitouch touchscreen (same as the aforementioned tablets) and brand new concept hybrid design (not the same in any way as the aforementioned tablets). Well done you


partial fail (or full) from my point, you did mention 2 things but one was a full desktop, my bad.

Exactly what needed NOT to happen.

The Windows TabletPC failed to gain any traction because devices were carrying a premium that did not justify the extra feature.

Let's hope this is just speculative and that other OEMs will be able to straighten things out.

TheCyberKnight said,
Exactly what needed NOT to happen.

The Windows TabletPC failed to gain any traction because devices were carrying a premium that did not justify the extra feature.

Let's hope this is just speculative and that other OEMs will be able to straighten things out.


If that's what you think kept Windows XP TabletPC from taking off than you really never spent any time with one.

MrHumpty said,

If that's what you think kept Windows XP TabletPC from taking off than you really never spent any time with one.

I had one, actually I had two Tosiba Tablets running XP Tablet and yes, the OS was "bumpy" but the hardware was underpowered and overpriced too.
With Vista first and then W7 the OS matured and became excellent....... unfortunately hardware remained overpriced and underpowered.
Personally I would not have a problem paying up to $1,500 for a "REAL" Tablet:
Convertible, i5/i7 processor, 6 hours of battery life with WIFI on.
I always seen and used my Tablet as a replacement for a laptop not a further device.

Of course I would pay much more for a Tablet as the one shown in MS clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cNdhOKwi0
Check from 2:10 on
Add also that OS................... and you can make the price......................... :-)

this is toooo damn expensive..

if the iPad can be had for so less with such a beautiful screen and all of it. I want a hybrid to not cost over twice as much.. this is just toooooo expensive.. if its made out of titanium only then they can justify the price.

Zain Adeel said,
this is toooo damn expensive..

if the iPad can be had for so less with such a beautiful screen and all of it. I want a hybrid to not cost over twice as much.. this is just toooooo expensive.. if its made out of titanium only then they can justify the price.

An iPad is a consumption device. Most with iPads also have a desktop or laptop. This would serve as a solid consumption device while also being your creation device as well. You won't live in the Apple world getting both an iPad and a Mac Air for this price.

Hopefully as production scales up these types of devices have lower prices.

Zain Adeel said,
this is toooo damn expensive..

for a touchscreen, 10point contact, 360 folding i5/i7 SSD notebook with guessing onsite warranty?

yeah way to expensive aye -_-

Why are they making Ultrabooks so damn expensive... I mean you take a regular laptop, remove its DVD-ROM (can also do without the touchpad), make it thinner by shuffling the hardware to cover the DVD space, add a SSD, give in a full keyboard (with numpad) and a 15~17inch screen and that's it? or is there something else going on that I am not updated about?

If ultrabook is something else, then I would by a 'thinner' laptop that does not have a DVD-ROM, and I bet there is a market for that. A portable 'computer' with less then 15inch screen and a not-full size keyboard is not worth it.

Not everyone wants to game, people want to compute as well

waqastariq said,
Why are they making Ultrabooks so damn expensive... I mean you take a regular laptop, remove its DVD-ROM (can also do without the touchpad), make it thinner by shuffling the hardware to cover the DVD space, add a SSD, give in a full keyboard (with numpad) and a 15~17inch screen and that's it? or is there something else going on that I am not updated about?

If ultrabook is something else, then I would by a 'thinner' laptop that does not have a DVD-ROM, and I bet there is a market for that. A portable 'computer' with less then 15inch screen and a not-full size keyboard is not worth it.

Not everyone wants to game, people want to compute as well

OEMs do not want to make prettier net books. They want to preserve the Ultrabook name as a premium, high end product that uses the space saved from no optical drive to increase the batter size and have SSDs (almost) mandatory.

calimike said,
I can buy other competition's ultrabook/tablet hybrid under $1,000

Not Apple and not Lenovo. I think this will fit nice into the enterprise, small business sector but would be pretty useless for most people. It would be nice to have probably for anyone, but the overall need of someone like this for the average consumer would make it useless.

I feel like the keyboard on the back would make it uncomfortable to hold while folded.

What would be really cool is if they could make a mechanism that, as it folds, the keys go into the body to make it flush when fully folded (since the keys are disabled anyway). The older MacBook pro LCD latches come to mind. As the screen is closed the latches come out and when it's opened the latches go into the body.

bremic9188 said,
I feel like the keyboard on the back would make it uncomfortable to hold while folded.

What would be really cool is if they could make a mechanism that, as it folds, the keys go into the body to make it flush when fully folded (since the keys are disabled anyway). The older MacBook pro LCD latches come to mind. As the screen is closed the latches come out and when it's opened the latches go into the body.

That was just a magnetic trip. To move the keyboard in, you'd have to mechanically pull the entire insides down a bit, which is a great deal most cumbersome, and would have to increase the height of the device.

would be good if it said what you get for that money.
who knows it could be a really good price because it comes with a 512GB SSD, im sure it doesn't but you get the idea.

What exactly does that have to do with a laptop that comes out at the end of the year? Oh, right NOTHING.
All manufacturers in all industries release faulty products on occasion.

ahhell said,
What exactly does that have to do with a laptop that comes out at the end of the year? Oh, right NOTHING.
All manufacturers in all industries release faulty products on occasion.

You absolutely have no idea what you are talking about.

texasghost said,
Lenovo has already had 2 recalls on their motherboards in the last year due to faulty chips.

Pass...


Source?
The last recalls i heard fro Lenovo was a PSU issue not a mobo issue