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.