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Report: Lenovo Aiming to Launch First Ever Windows 8 Tablet

By - Source: The Verge | B 46 comments

The race to Windows 8 on tablets continues.

You might be rocking Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your laptop or desktop PC, but manufacturers are also planning on packing this OS onto an array of tablet devices due later this year. Because we don't know a whole lot about these upcoming devices, we're left to speculate about the specs and manufacturers that will uncover Windows 8 tablets in the latter half of this year.

One of the big questions is who will be first. Dell has said it will release a Windows 8 tablet the day Windows 8 ships to customers, but it seems Dell isn't the only one with lofty plans of being the first horse out the gate. According to the latest rumors, Lenovo is also gunning for the leading spot. The Verge reports that the company is internally planning to be the very first manufacturer to release a Windows 8 tablet and that it believes October will be the month Windows 8 ships.

"Our source wouldn't provide any details on the slate, save that it will use an Intel chip," writes The Verge's Sean Hollister, adding that Lenovo showed off the 13.3-inch IdeaPad Yoga at CES 2012.

The IdeaPad Yoga won one of our CES 2012 awards in January of this year. This unique notebook measures just 0.76-inches thick and weighs 3.1 lbs. Powered by Intel Core family of processors and Windows 8, the device also packs up to 8 GB of RAM, and up to a 256 GB SSD. It will also feature soft touch rubber paint on the exterior for strong grip, a leather cover on the palm rest, and side buttons designed for ease of use across the range of usage modes.

Could the IdeaPad Yoga be the first Windows 8 tablet? Time will tell, but Lenovo said in January that the Yoga would be available in the second half of 2012 with an estimated starting retail price of $1,199, so it's certainly possible.

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    tristan_b , March 17, 2012 1:16 AM
    That is a completely folding laptop, not a tablet.

    But anyways, I am excited to see how windows 8 will do on tablets. It looks great.
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    chumly , March 17, 2012 2:52 AM
    Flat laptop = Flaptop
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    southernshark , March 17, 2012 1:15 AM
    1200 for a tablet...........

    Negative.
  • 16 Hide
    tristan_b , March 17, 2012 1:16 AM
    That is a completely folding laptop, not a tablet.

    But anyways, I am excited to see how windows 8 will do on tablets. It looks great.
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    Au_equus , March 17, 2012 1:49 AM
    its a tablet and ultrabook for a small premium over the ultrabook price. taking HP's EB 2760p to a whole new level and lower price.
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    bystander , March 17, 2012 2:08 AM
    southernshark1200 for a tablet...........Negative.

    But look at the spec's, up to 8gb of ram and 256gb of SSD, that's a lot more than what's out there now. This could be a fully functional portable computer, aside from the lack of keyboard.
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    chumly , March 17, 2012 2:52 AM
    Flat laptop = Flaptop
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    memadmax , March 17, 2012 3:14 AM
    Now that is something I would buy, after slapping Win7 on it....
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    marclee37 , March 17, 2012 3:23 AM
    i doubt if this would sell
    $1200 for a tablet is high, ppl are happy with a smaller, lower price but fancier ipad.
    13.3" is too large as a handheld device, 3.1lbs is even heavier than a netbook.
    screen of tablet would not stand itself, means we have to hold it with hand, or bow our head.
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    xerroz , March 17, 2012 4:01 AM
    $1200? Come on. Do they really expect to compete with such a high price?
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    Pawessum16 , March 17, 2012 5:02 AM
    Wow people, do you read??????? That's $1200 for the Yoga, a fully functional LAPTOP with a new unique convertible design into tablet mode and back again. It's not much different from past convertibles (just a new design). So yes, the $1200 price is fully justified, but considering this is Lenovo, they'll probably sell it for $1000.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 17, 2012 5:44 AM
    Sell it to me for $900 ($1,200 minus the Windows 8 license fee) and we have a deal. I'll put Linux on it.
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    DjEaZy , March 17, 2012 6:49 AM
    ... this laptop/tablet will suck...
    1) keyboard folds backward... big possibility for hardware failure...
    2) windows metro UI sux...
    3) and for that price... this will be the last drop to switch to apple...
    4) i repair wintel type computers... it would be nice to get a break at home at least...
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    enforcer22 , March 17, 2012 7:43 AM
    xerroz$1200? Come on. Do they really expect to compete with such a high price?


    compeate with what? i havent looked but i have yet to see a apple slate or a worthwild linux slate.. where is this compatition.. if you mean android and ios well........ if only a audi had to compeate with a geo metro.. your talking real deal computer that can do what welll you want.. compairing it to some tonka toy tablet running some dumb phone os on it. besides if we compaire it to the price of a almsot there in some specs ipad.. its well only a couple hundred more expensive and again you get something that can do way way way more then those ugly little apple things. seriously if i was guna blow $900 on an ipad i would just buy something like this and get a real piece of hardware. at least i could do what i wanted with it with out breaking jobs 10 commandments.
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    olaf , March 17, 2012 8:20 AM
    comparing this to an ipad or android tab is like comparing a bumpercar with a real one. and yes i consider this the real car...
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    EDVINASM , March 17, 2012 9:05 AM
    Still waiting for a sub 500 tablet notebook with pen input for my studies..
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    DjEaZy , March 17, 2012 9:54 AM
    edvinasmStill waiting for a sub 500 tablet notebook with pen input for my studies..

    ... an iPad with http://www.macworld.com/article/1156560/touchscreen_stylus_roundup.html
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    EDVINASM , March 17, 2012 10:38 AM
    An iPad? Thanks but no thanks. I need Windows OS and MS Office since my college requires Windows and MS Office 2007 package. Last time I had iPad it was unable to open some attachments from FTP and to upload stuff on. Plus I don't really want to rely on Apple product.
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    __-_-_-__ , March 17, 2012 10:56 AM
    where's android dual boot with gps and all the cool features working in both OS?
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    jhansonxi , March 17, 2012 1:31 PM
    My experience with convertible laptop/tablets is that the hinge is failure prone. It's also difficult and expensive to fix.
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    drzharn , March 17, 2012 2:09 PM
    Why on earth would ANYBODY buy a product that has been proven to have spy chips in it, is beyond me. And the Lenovo Phone? OMG can you say espionage on a grand scale! These products should be BANNED world wide as long as they are made in China and by the Chinese Govt.
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    ojas , March 17, 2012 3:22 PM
    drzharnWhy on earth would ANYBODY buy a product that has been proven to have spy chips in it, is beyond me. And the Lenovo Phone? OMG can you say espionage on a grand scale! These products should be BANNED world wide as long as they are made in China and by the Chinese Govt.

    And the world is flat too, Columbus lied.

    And for god's sake people this isn't a tablet.
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