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Lenovo's Windows RT Tablet is an IdeaPad Yoga

By - Source: ABC News | B 9 comments

Similar to Microsoft's Surface strategy, Lenovo will release two versions of its Yoga laptop.

Last week we heard rumors that Lenovo was working with Nvidia to build a convertible tablet running Microsoft's Windows RT version of Windows 8. At the time, we pointed to the IdeaPad Yoga as an example of what the mystery tablet might look like once it was done. Announced at CES 2012 in January of this year, the IdeaPad Yoga is an upcoming Windows 8 tablet with a unique flip-board style design. The Yoga features a total of four different positions thanks to its 360 degree flip-and-fold design and combines the ease-of-use of a tablet with the functionality of an ultrabook. We loved the Yoga when we saw it (we even gave it one of our Best of CES awards) and now it looks like Lenovo is planning to expand upon the Yoga line.


ABC News reports that Lenovo is currently prepping both Intel- and ARM-based versions of the Yoga for launch later this year. ABC cites sources that say the Yoga will launch around the time of Windows 8's release and will come in two different flavors from launch. These sources say the lower-powered Tegra model will boast double the battery life of its Intel-powered counterpart.


If that's not enough to wet your whistle, ABC's sources confirmed that the convertible Windows RT tablet/laptop that the Wall Street Journal spoke about last week is in fact the IdeaPad Yoga. The Yoga measures just 0.76-inches thick and weigh 3.1 lbs. Specswise you're looking at Intel's Core family of processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch display. Pricing for the Intel-based Yoga is estimated to be around $1,199. No word on pricing for the ARM-based Windows RT model just yet.

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    damianrobertjones , August 13, 2012 5:32 PM
    I'm not really sure that either model will sell that well what with the HP TC1100 type machine (Yes, the Asus Transformer was NOT the first with the idea) being available. Time will tell
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    CaedenV , August 13, 2012 6:22 PM
    when a tech site get's its tech news from ABC... *sigh*
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    boiler1990 , August 13, 2012 7:01 PM
    The Yoga measures just 0.76-inches thick and weigh 3.1 lbs. Specswise you're looking at Intel's Core family of processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch display.

    Sounds like a rather large display for a tablet, but as far as pricing goes, $1200 is par for the course at this point.
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    syrious1 , August 13, 2012 7:05 PM
    if it's estimated at $1200 then why not release it with PRO instead of RT.
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    amdwilliam1985 , August 13, 2012 7:39 PM
    Man, what kind of price points is $1,200.

    I got N7 @ $200, and I love it for what it's offering. I like to spend maybe $300(a year or two down the road) on a Nexus 13 or Nexus 15(I like to dream), so I can have a giant touch screen at home. yes, 13" or 15" at home and 7" on the go.
    It'll be perfect if the OS is smart enough to sync all data between the 2 tablets when the're on the same network.
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    eddieroolz , August 13, 2012 8:07 PM
    Windows RT and regular Windows 8 seems to be a ploy to charge more for the same product.
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    Branden , August 13, 2012 8:54 PM
    so it's a tablet with 2 panels, one panel contains the screen and the other... just... flaps around?
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    belardo , August 14, 2012 12:32 AM
    No, Branden. The screen completely flips over. So it can be used like a notebook, or flipped more so to be a stand and then flipped all the way to be a tablet.

    There is only a single screen.
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2012 3:11 PM
    I wonder if when i flip the screen to be used as a tablet and put the thing in my lap or i old it, if i will clicking the keys (that will in the back then). Does anyone know if the keyboard will be disabled if the thing has the keyboard in the back