Lenovo said on Thursday that customers can now preorder the company's upcoming 360-degree flip and fold Ultrabook, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S, at Lenovo's website and Best Buy's online store. Multiple configurations are available starting at $799.99, and models will actually appear on Best Buy shelves starting June 23.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S follows the popular IdeaPad Yoga 13, and made its first appearance back in January during CES 2013. It sports an 11.6-inch screen and a choice of third-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. Its form factor makes it rather unique among other Ultrabooks, allowing it to convert into four special modes including Tent Mode, Stand mode, Tablet Mode and Laptop Mode.
"Consumers around the world loved our first Yoga for its unique flip and fold and multi-mode design," said Jay Parker, president, Lenovo, North America. "We’re continuing to develop the Yoga franchise with the new Yoga 11s, and due to Yoga’s popularity already, we’ve created a pre-sale program so customers can get their hands on one before it even hits the shelves."
Lenovo's website actually lists six SKUs ranging from $799.99 to $1349.99. The most expensive model sports a third-generation Intel Core i7-3689Y dual-core CPU (1.5 GHz, 2.6 GHz Turbo), Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (1600 MHz), a 256 GB SSD, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an 11.6-inch HD LED-lit multitouch screen (1366 x 768). It also has an integrated 720p HD camera, HDMI output, a 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery, and Windows 8 Pro.
The cheapest model packs a third generation Intel Core i3-3229Y dual-core CPU (1.4 GHz), Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM (1600 MHz), a 128 GB SSD, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an 11.6-inch HD LED-lit multitouch screen (1366 x 768). It too has an integrated 720p HD camera, HDMI output, a 4-cell Lithium-Ion battery, but Windows 8 64-bit as the OS, not Pro. Customization options for all six models include services and software, and accessories.
"The IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a great example of the commitment Lenovo is making to continued innovation with Windows," said Jordan Chrysafidis, vice president, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp. "The commitment is evident in its beautiful hardware designs that exhibit flexibility, mobility and extended battery life; combining that with the new touch capabilities of Windows 8 provides an experience that is sure to delight customers."
To preorder an IdeaPad Yoga 11S model from Lenovo, head here.