In addition to revealing new Ultrabooks, Lenovo rolled out a number of other products at IFA 2013 spanning multimode devices, tablets and smartphones. This updated lineup includes two new Yoga convertibles, the Flex 14 and 15 laptops, and the Flex 20 AIO desktop. These machines give consumers all the productivity of a PC plus extra modes, essentially giving them several powerful devices at one affordable price, the company said.
For starters, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a 13.3 inch multimode Ultrabook with a display that can fold back a full 360 degrees, providing tent, stand, tablet and laptop form factors. The device is thinner and faster than the previous model, measuring just 0.61 inches thin and sporting up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 U Series processor. The new Yoga 2 Pro will also have Windows 8.1 right out of the box.
According to the specs, the device will feature a 13.3 inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) screen with 10-point touch input and a brightness of 350 nits. Additional specs will include up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory, integrated Intel HD graphics, up to 512 GB of SSD capacity, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an integrated 720p HD camera, and a backlit dual-layer AccuType keyboard. Ports will include one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, an SD card reader, HDMI output and more.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro will be available in the beginning of October for a starting price of $1,099.99.
Moving on to the ThinkPad Yoga, this device will focus on the business user looking for powerful processing and flexibility. Like the Yoga 2 Pro, this model will provide four form factors – laptop, tablet, stand and tent – but won't quite as thin, measuring 0.74 inches thick and weighing 3.48 pounds. This model will also ship with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 OS.
The specs show that this model will have a 12.5 inch HD screen with 10-point touch input, a default brightness of 300 nits and a brightness of 400 nits in Full HD mode. The laptop will also provide up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics, up to 8 GB of DDR3L memory, up to 1 TB of HDD space or up to 256 GB of SDD space. Additional features will include two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, NFC support, an integrated 720p HD camera, an SD card reader and so on.
The ThinkPad Yoga will be available in November for a starting price of $949.99.
The two new Flex 14 and 15 multimode devices appear to be the same hardware-wise save for the obvious screen sizes and their storage capacities. These convertibles will only provide two modes – stand and laptop – and the original release of Windows 8. The 14 inch model will measure just 0.84 inches thick and weigh 4.41 pounds whereas the larger 15 inch model will only measure 0.87 inches thick and weigh 5.07 pounds.
The two Flex devices will offer up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 ULT processor, a 1366 x 768 resolution, 10-point touch input, integrated Intel graphics or Nvidia's GeForce GT 720M GPU. Other features will include up to 8 GB of DDRL3 RAM, an integrated 720p HD camera, Wireless N and optional Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a variety of I/O ports. For the Flex 14, customers will have a choice of up to 500 GB of HDD space with an optional 16 GB SSD whereas the Flex 15 will offer up to 1 TB of HDD space and an optional 16 GB SSD.
The Flex 14 and Flex 15 will be available in late September for a starting price of $629.99.
Finally we have the Lenovo Flex 20, a 19.5 inch frameless multi-touch display with a widely adjustable screen angle between 15 to 70 degrees, and 90 degrees. This massive tablet-like device promises a mere three hours of battery life, but it can be moved throughout the house unlike many other bulky AIO devices on the market. This AIO-tablet hybrid will arrive with Windows 8.
The 19.5 inch screen will sport a 1600 x 900 resolution, 178 degree viewing angles, and 10-point touch input. The device will offer up to a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500 GB of HDD storage or up to 500 GB of SSHD storage with an integrated 8 GB of SSD cache. Also thrown into the mix will be two USB 3.0 ports, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, an integrated 720p HD camera, and Lenovo's Aura interface, which allows multiple users to access different photos, videos and music on the same screen. This AIO tablet hybrid will weigh 7.72 pounds and measure just 0.81 inches thin.
The Flex 20 AIO will be available in late September for $899.99.
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I've got to ask... Why? I've got a Surface RT (1366x768) and an Acer Iconia W700 (1920x1080) both of which have 11'ish inch screens and... I find the higher resolution of the Iconia largely superfluous. For these small screens I have to ask - what is the big advantage to these high resolutions? For output though an HDMI cable I can understand, but... Why the need for high rest on a tiny screen?
Because 1366x768 ought to be enough for anybody.