Lenovo Covers All Angles with new Thinkpad Ultrabooks

Posted on 10 October 2012 By


Lenovo have announced two Windows 8 Touchscreen Ultrabooks and an Atom-based convertible. The Ideapad Yoga 13, Ideapad Lynx and Thinkpad Twist. Prices for the Ultrabook models start at $849.

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Lenovo Twist and Lenovo Lynx

Ideapad-Yoga-13The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 is a device that could bring a lot of attention to Lenovos Ultrabooks but will it sell? It starts at $1099 in the US (pre-order from Oct 12th, availability from Oct 26th.) It weighs just under 1.5KG which, while fine for a laptop with up to 8hrs of battery life, could be a problem for those wanting to use it as a tablet.  More in the Yoga, including our videos, here.

Ideapad Yoga 13 Features:

  • 1600×900 multi-touch screen
  • Core i5/i7 CPU
  • SSD storage up to 256GB
  • One USB3.0 port plus one USB2.0 port
  • HDMI port
  • SD card reader

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 3The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist uses a rotating 12.5” screen as we’ve seen on some netbooks in previous years. It achieves much the same as the Yoga does, at a starting price of $849. This business-class device comes with options up to Core i7. There’s a 350nit IPS display too.  A Display Port connector is also included. (V1.1 on Ivy Bridge.)

Thinkpad Twist Features:

  • 1366×768 multitouch screen with Gorilla Glass
  • Core i3, i5, i7 options
  • Max 8GB RAM
  • Two USB3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort

 

IdeaTab-LynxFocused at the consumer is the Lenovo Ideapad Lynx. As with some other products launching with Windows 8 in Q4, this one has a removable tablet component. We suspect the complete package could be a little heavier than most Ultrabooks but you’ve got some interesting flexibility there. The screen is 11.6” meaning the tablet section shouldn’t be too heavy. This isn’t an Ultrabook though. A Clover-Trail dual-core 1.8Ghz Atom CPU will be at the heart of this one which is why the tablet part of this will ‘only’ cost $599.

Ideapad Lynx Features:

  • 1366×768 11.6” screen
  • Intel Atom Clover Trail CPU (Z2760)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB storage
  • Micro USB 2.0 port (no USB3.0), micro HDMI and Micro SD port

Lenovo also announced a Windows RT, ARM-based Yoga with 11.6” screen.

Press Release (Lenovo USA)

The big question for us is why couldn’t Lenovo squeeze a Core CPU into the detachable tablet design? We’re seeing this design with Core in a few places but most manufacturers are only offering it with Atom CPU inside. It indicates that the latest Core CPUs aren’t ready for tablet prime-time yet. With lower TDP versions of Core CPUs coming in 2013 we hope to see the Lynx Pro as a true dual-purpose work-horse.

Also unknown at the moment is whether Lenovo will be offering an entry level touch-enabled Ultrabook with traditional laptop hinge.

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  1. #1 by Lucien on October 10, 2012 - 18:32

    There are several devices with Core CPU and detachable keyboard:
    - Asus Transformer (?)
    - Q702 (up to 4.5 hrs)
    – Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro (up to 8hrs)

    Magnetic keyboard docks are ok I think but typically viewing angles are restricted compared to convertible or 360 degree rotation solution. Then again certainly lot lighter. But with fixed screen you can turn it around in an angle and rest it on your lap.

  2. #2 by JohnCz on October 10, 2012 - 19:38

    I like Lenovo’s lineup, especially their ThinkPad Tablet 2 device for $649. The Twist is decent but I do wish the swivel mechanism allowed for a more flush closure. There seems to be a sizeable offset.

  3. #3 by adamaindublin on October 10, 2012 - 22:03

    I’m really liking the 11.6″ ATOM-based convertible tablet options but wireless display out is absolutely required when the display is only 11.6″. Price is important, too.

    I’m very optimistic SOMEONE will make a device that will cause me to part with my money this time around. (I REALLY wish there was ARM-based MS Surface..)

    Adam

    • #4 by DavidC1 on October 11, 2012 - 04:16

      There is an ARM-based MS Surface. Or do you mean an Atom based one?

    • #5 by Dan on October 11, 2012 - 12:42

      The 11.6 is ARM.

      Agreed on the display out. It also appears that it’s not IPS like the 13″… and $799 US is too much for such a limited machine, imho.

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