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Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga Packs 360-Degree Flip/Fold Design

On Monday night Lenovo announced the upcoming IdeaPad Yoga, the industry's first multi-mode 13.3-inch notebook with a 360-degree flip-and-fold design. It will combine the ease-of-use of a tablet with the functionality of an ultrabook, offering what Lenovo calls a four-in-one personal computing experience using notebook, tablet, stand and tent positions.

On the spec side of things, this unique notebook will measure just 0.76-inches thick and weigh 3.1 lbs. Intel Core family of processors will be the meat behind this upcoming Windows 8 device, complemented by up to 8 GB of RAM, and up to a 256 GB SSD. It will also feature soft touch rubber paint on the exterior for strong grip, a leather cover on the palm rest, and side buttons designed for ease of use across the range of usage modes.

As a tablet, the screen will support up to ten touch-based inputs. However, thanks to Yoga's patented 360-degree dual-hinge flip design, users can flip the screen panel into a stand or tent mode to save space or to bring the screen closer to the their eyes. This would also seemingly reduce any fatigue that would be brought on by holding the device like a 13.3-inch tablet for long periods of time (even holding a 7-inch tablet during an entire movie can get annoying).

In addition to the IdeaPad Yoga, Lenovo also introduced the upcoming IdeaCentre A720 All-In-One PC, reportedly the industry's slimmest 27-inch AIO, it measures just 24.5-mm thick. Like the Yoga notebook, this AIO will support up to 10 touch-based inputs. However, a widely adjustable hinge will allow the screen to be pulled towards the user at an angle of 5-degrees and folded back to an angle of up to 90-degrees, making touch applications more comfortable over longer periods in any position.

"Powered by the Intel Core Processor family and Nvidia GeForce graphics with up to 1 TB HDD and 64 GB SSD storage, the A720 delivers an impressive home multimedia experience on a frameless high definition 16:9 wide-screen," Lenovo said Monday night. "With integrated entertainment features, such as room-shaking Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio, Lenovo High-Sense (720p HD) Webcam, and Lenovo IdeaTouch (a suite of touch-optimized applications and games), the A720 is an ultra stylish and fun addition for the modern home entertainment center. "

The IdeaPad Yoga multi-mode notebook will be available in the second half of 2012 with an estimated starting retail price of $1,199. The IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one will be available in the first half of 2012 with an estimated starting retail price of $1,299.

  • freggo
    The 360degree design means you can fold it over to basically make it into a tablet ?
    That would certainly be nice; also wondering how that works with they unprotected keyboard at the bottom then.
    Now we just have to wait for the price to come down from cloud space to more earthly levels.
  • DaddyW123
    That thin, 256gb SSD, Windows 8... yeah, this is going to be EXPENSIVE! It's sad too, because although windows laptops really are more functional than Android and iPad, they are going to beat out most windows tablets because they accomplish the simple stuff (email, internet...) for a fraction of the cost. Someone who wants to check the news or or their email from the couch is most definitely going to spend $250 - $500 for a tablet over the $2000 this thing will most likely be.

    My last job, I did a LOT of traveling and being in IT, I needed a full laptop to do my job. Something like this would have been perfect for me. But for most people, a cheaper alternative is going to be what they want. If Lenovo could get this into the $800 price range, I bet more people would bite. into $600 and they'd start taking back some of the android and iPad tablet market. but I seriously doubt they'd be able to get it that low.
  • phamhlam
    This provides people a better alternative a laptop. Why have a traditional laptop when you can also have the simple design of a tablet on top of your laptop. The problem I have with laptops are that they aren't that much portable. I still like a keyboard and mouse but not permanatly attaced always.
  • dizzy_davidh
    Business folk would love this and there are plenty of businesses who would pay for their mobile users to have both a Windows system (so they have control over it) and the convenience of the tablet\fold options rather than have their users run around with a laptop for business and an iPad (or similar) for everything else.

    iPad @ £400 + ThinkPad business laptop @ circa £400 means that IT departments would have around £800 ($1200+) dollars to spend on one of these so it's easily affordable for a lot of corp. firms\staff.
  • dizzy_davidh
    dizzy_davidh citation] It's also worth noting that Lenovo have a massive cut of the business user mobile market with the ThinkPad line of products and so if they can pull this model into that genre of client usage then they stand to sell quite a few.
  • ojas
    It looks like a bigger version of the Courier. And it's cool! i like :)