Lenovo Reveals 4 New Windows 8 Tablets, Ultrabooks

Tuesday night Lenovo revealed four Windows 8 devices that seemingly have more moves than a 1950s sock hop: the IdeaPad Yoga 13 (flip), the IdeaTab Lynx (split), the ThinkPad Twist (twist), and the IdeaPad Yoga 11 (flip). All four offer touch-based screens, making navigation through Microsoft's blocky new Modern UI something to shout about.

The IdeaPad Yoga 13

Lenovo calls this Windows 8 Pro device the world's first multi-mode Ultrabook, providing the ultimate flexibility between work and play in a device featuring a 10-point multi-touch screen that can fold back 360-degrees. This Ultrabook can function in four different modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

* Processor: Up to Intel 3rd generation Core i7 ULV
* Operating System: Up to Genuine Windows 8 Pro
* Display/Resolution: 13.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) IPS display with wide viewing angle; 16:9 widescreen, 300 nits
* GPU: Integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
* Memory: Up to 8 GB DDR3L memory @ 1600 MHz (1 x 4 GB or 1 x 8 GB)
* Storage: Up to 256 GB SSD storage
* Sound: 2x 1W speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4
* Integrated Comms: 1x USB 2.0; 1x USB 3.0 connectors; 2-in-1 (headphone and mic); 3-in-1 (SD, MMC) card reader, HDMI output
* Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
* Camera: 1MP 720p HD Camera with face tracking capability
* Weight: 3.40 pounds
* Dimensions: 13.4 x 8.85 x 0.66-inches

Customers can reserve the IdeaPad Yoga 13 at Best Buy starting Oct. 12. It will be available at Best Buy and www.lenovo.com on Oct 26. MSRP starts at $1,099.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11

This is an ARM-based Windows RT multimode notebook with a unique, dual-hinge design allowing for a 360-degree rotation. Like the Yoga 13, it can function in four different modes including laptop, tablet, stand, and tent, providing the ultimate flexibility between work and play.

* Processor: Up to Nvidia Tegra 3 (T30)
* Operating System: Genuine Windows RT
* Display/Resolution: 11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) display; 16:9 widescreen, 5-point multi-touch display
* GPU: Nvidia Graphics
* Memory: Up to 2 GB DDR3L memory
* Storage: Up to 64 GB eMMC storage
* Sound: 2x 0.5W speakers
* Integrated Comms: 2x USB 2.0 connectors; 2-in-1 card reader, HDMI out
* Wireless: Broadcom 4330, 802.11 b/g/n , WIFI/BT hybrid, Bluetooth 4.0
* Camera: Integrated 1MP 720p HD webcam
* Weight: 2.8 lbs
* Dimensions: 11.73 x 8.03 x 0.61-inches

The IdeaPad Yoga 11 will be available starting in December. MSRP starts at $799.

The IdeaTab Lynx

This is a premium convertible Windows 8 tablet featuring an optional innovative detachable keyboard dock. When connected to the dock, two USB 2.0 ports allow users to connect all their regular PC accessories including printers, hard drives, memory sticks and other accessories.

* Operating System: Windows 8
* Processor: Atom Processor Z2760 (dual-core, 1.80 GHz)
* Connection: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
* Display: 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS; 400 nit; 5-point capacitive multi-touch
* Camera: 2MP Front
* Memory: 2 GB LPDDR2
* Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB eMMC
* Ports: Tablet -- Micro USB; MicroSD card; Micro HDMI; Audio Combo jack; Dock -- 2x USB 2.0; DC-in Micro-USB (for power only)
* Battery: 6800mAh Lithium polymer, 16 hour battery life (8 hours tablet; 8 hours dock)
* Sound: Dual built-in stereo speakers, Dual digital microphone, 3.5-mm Combo audio/mic jack
* Other: G-sensor; ALS; Proximity; E-compass; Gyro sensor; Digital MIC Array x2
* Dimensions: 11.85 x 7.4 x 0.37-inches
* Weight: Tablet -- 1.41 pounds; Dock -- 1.45 pounds; Tablet and Dock -- 2.86 pounds

The IdeaTab Lynx and optional keyboard will be available in December. MSRP starts at $599 for the tablet and $149 for the optional keyboard.

ThinkPad Twist

This is a high-performance, touch-enabled Ultrabook with added tablet usability for multi-mode utilization. Aimed specifically at the business market, four different modes provide the ability to consume and create no matter what the application: laptop, tablet, stand and tent.

* Processor: Latest 3rd Generation Intel core processors up to i7
* Operating System: Windows 8 Standard or Windows 8 Pro; Windows 8 multi touch-enabled
* Display/Resolution: 12.5-inch HD IPS Display w/ Touch Sensor (1366 x 768) 350 nit; Gorilla glass with anti smudge coating
* Video Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics
* Memory: Up to 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
* Storage: 320 GB or 500 GB 7200RPM (7-mm) HDD ; 128 GB SSD
* Sound: Dolby Home Theater v4; stereo speakers; built-in dual array microphone (combo jack)
* Integrated Comms: 2x USB 3.0 ports; RJ45 connector; 4-in-1 slot; mini-DisplayPort; mini-HDMI
* Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11 a/b/g/n; WWAN Optional
* Camera: 720p high definition camera
* Battery: 7 hour all day battery life
* Weight: 3.48 pounds
* Thickness: 0.79-inches thin
* Software: Lenovo Solutions for Small Business powered by Intel Small Business Advantage; Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync

The ThinkPad Twist will be available starting on Oct. 26 via Staples and other retailers, business partners and www.lenovo.com. MSRP starts at $849.

“Our family of Ultrabook convertibles addresses the unique needs of consumers, businesses and everyone in between by creating high performance laptop-tablet combinations in new designs and different sizes,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Lenovo, and president, Product Group, Lenovo. “We think these innovative convertibles are the best devices for a groundbreaking touchscreen experience, plus their multi-modes give people even more ways to use their PC.”

To meet Lenovo's "Convertibles" family of Windows 8 gadgets in person, check out the dedicated website here.

Lenovo also said the previously-announced ThinkPad Tablet 2, designed for Windows 8 and powered by Intel’s next generation CPU technology, will be available starting in November through business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing will start at $649.

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  • Damn , could use those beasts as portable streamers/htpc when needed.
    Bring us Moaar!
  • mynameis1
    great to see lots of vendors providing selection for the consumer, welcome back Microsoft, I am not your biggest fan, but the industry sure needed you.
  • shafe88
    No thanks I'll pass, my Win7 machine is working just fine.
  • mcd023
    these look like some really good pieces of hardware that are vying for my MS Surface money.
  • greghome
    The Thinkpad Twist..............why is there a need for it when there's the Thinkpad Tablet 2, with keyboard option
    and the Thinkpad X230T

    With the X230T and Thinkpad Tablet, I must ask what is the market for such a system?

    It also doesn't seem to come with the usual water drainage and strong hinge we come to expect from a true Thinkpad, it is almost a Thinkpad E***T if you may.
  • ojas
    I like both the twist and the lynx, though i think i like the twist more, especially because of the price/performance/utility ratio.

    I'm not sure how the lynx will perform though, since it's atom based...don't know how the new atoms perform with windows. they do just fine with Android, though...imo the lynx should have been under $450.

    Wonder what pen-input options there are for all of them?

    As for the yoga tablet and ultrabook, no info on battery life? not too sure how comfortable it'll be with the keyboard at the back...
  • ojas
    Though wait, a 12.5 inch is a bit too small for a $850 laptop...
  • i only need a tablet for reading PDF magazines..... bought a fire kindle hd.. perfect.

    tablets are useless for 60% of the customers. just becaus you have everything does not mean you need a tablet.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer
    The ThinkPad Twist looks perfect for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Up to 8 GB of ram (needed for the phone emulator), decent processor choices, ability to test apps as they'd be used on a tablet and a laptop...some will complain about the resolution, but it's about right for a 12.5" screen where you'll be spending a lot of time using desktop apps (specifically, Visual Studio Express 2012). You'll be in the low-four-digit price range once you get everything you need, but as a business investment, it looks like a smart one.
  • falchard
    And not a one has a decent configuration except the Tegra