Windows 8 IdeaPad Yoga 13 shown on Lenovo's online store

The release date of October 26th for Windows 8 is fast approaching. We are all aware of the Surface, but companies such as HP, Fujitsu and Dell have all confirmed Windows 8 laptops, tablets or hybrid devices.

After a first showing at CES all the way back in January and another look at the device at IFA 2012, Lenovo has added the IdeaPad Yoga 13 to its online store, showing the device in its various guises to try and tempt you to part with your hard earned cash.

The Yoga 13 is a pretty beefy system. Housing up to a Core i7 (more than likely the ULV variant) in a 13.3” body weighing just 1.5kg (or 3.4lbs), the device will act as a standard laptop or allow you to flip the screen and use it as a tablet. Did we mention the battery is rated for 8 hours use and there is a 10-point multitouch capacitive screen in there too, allowing you to fully realise the Microsoft dream for using Windows 8? From previous reports, there’s an SSD under the hood, making this a very attractive purchase.

That bring us onto the price, which is notably absent from Lenovo’s page. It has been rumoured that it will launch with a starting price of £1,200 ($1,900) with the i7 version setting you back a whopping £1,500 ($2,380). Just to compare, the highest spec IdeaPad U410 will set you back £800 ($1,199) or if you fancied the Macbook Air, £1,249 ($1,499) for the highest spec model.

It’s a lot to pay for the full, Windows 8, desktop experience, especially with Windows RT devices set to be released at a considerably lower cost. That said, there will always be users who can justify the costs. With similar devices to be released from other OEMs, will Lenovo be priced aggressively enough to make an impact?

The holiday season is shaping up to be a very nice one for gadget lovers!

Source: LenovoThanks to member Ibrahim Jadoon for the tip

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Tent mode is strange - I actually don't see how it's different to stand mode? (genuine question...not a dig)

I think 1,200 DOLLARS is the top for a starting model for lower internals - not gimping screen (in USA that is, probably about 3200 in Aust...bloody oems)

At the very least you have to compete with the MBAir

starting price of £1,200 ($1,900) with the i7 version setting you back a whopping £1,500 ($2,380)

as i was saying months ago and people calling me a troll because of it

Sikh. I own all retina type of products from Apple. There is a reason. I can appreciate the sharpness but most people "not the small more techincal sample found here on Neowin" don't notice or care that much about it in technical terms. That's been proven in studies and just asking friends. A high resolution display is more than adequate for most consumers.

Let's not fan the flame of price speculation. It's a nice unit and "if" priced in the mid 1k range and below could be a hit. Resolution is key to me on any unit. 1080p is a must for these type of units. Retina displays will make ppl who are thinking about macs feel like the screen is inferior. Most regular ppl wouldn't know retina unless it was shown aide by side to them and still wouldnt know why they really needed it.

I would also be concerns in tent mode and the other modes about the keyboard and palm surface being scratched.

mrmomoman said,
Let's not fan the flame of price speculation. It's a nice unit and "if" priced in the mid 1k range and below could be a hit. Resolution is key to me on any unit. 1080p is a must for these type of units. Retina displays will make ppl who are thinking about macs feel like the screen is inferior. Most regular ppl wouldn't know retina unless it was shown aide by side to them and still wouldnt know why they really needed it.

I would also be concerns in tent mode and the other modes about the keyboard and palm surface being scratched.

Talk about a retina display when you have seen one. ANYONE who's seen an iPad and compared it to another tablet understands what retina is. It's the sharpness. If you really don't understand why that's nice then you just be blind.

I can notice obvious sharpness. Be it high resolution or high ppi

mrmomoman said,
Let's not fan the flame of price speculation. It's a nice unit and "if" priced in the mid 1k range and below could be a hit. Resolution is key to me on any unit. 1080p is a must for these type of units. Retina displays will make ppl who are thinking about macs feel like the screen is inferior. Most regular ppl wouldn't know retina unless it was shown aide by side to them and still wouldnt know why they really needed it.

I would also be concerns in tent mode and the other modes about the keyboard and palm surface being scratched.

Talk about a retina display when you have seen one. ANYONE who's seen an iPad and compared it to another tablet understands what retina is. It's the sharpness. If you really don't understand why that's nice then you just be blind.

I can notice obvious sharpness. Be it high resolution or high ppi

Sikh said,

Talk about a retina display when you have seen one. ANYONE who's seen an iPad and compared it to another tablet understands what retina is. It's the sharpness. If you really don't understand why that's nice then you just be blind.

I can notice obvious sharpness. Be it high resolution or high ppi


Not everyone gets a boner from retina displays.
For me 1300x700 resolutions are fine on 10-11 inch displays. I mean the best benefit is close range and maybe you do it, but I don't stick my nose against the screen. I'm usually at a comfortable 30-50cm distance from the screens. At which distance the difference in such resolutions is marginal.

I dont think that form factor is particularly innovative, in the sense that its been around for quite a while however I admire the thinness and pretty reasonably light weightness of it for that size and with those options.

I also suspect we've hit the point where the thing would actually get a full business days battery use, which I contend up until now has always been an issue for windows based tablets.

I think this next generation of tablets and convertibles about to hit us will be much more the success not so much because of Win8 (although clearly that helps) but just due to lower prices (perhaps not this specific model) and all day battery at last.