Lenovo is putting ultrabooks in a new variety of positions with the IdeaPad YOGA, an ultrabook that is so much more.
The ultrabook category just got a lot more interesting, thanks to Lenovo's announcement of the IdeaPad YOGA, a stylish new ultrabook-cum-tablet running Windows 8 and featuring a flipping, folding touch screen. It's not just the first touch-enabled ultrabook we've seen, it's also equipped with Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and running Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system.
The IdeaPad YOGA is first and foremost an ultrabook, with a thin 0.67-inch chassis that weighs in at 3.1 pounds. Its 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) and an estimated 8-hour battery are par for the course among ultrabooks, but the YOGA brings plenty of new features as well, like an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and a whopping 8GB of RAM.
CES 2012The 13.3-inch screen of the IdeaPad YOGA offers ten-point capacitive touch, and Lenovo's unique double-hinge design lets you fold the screen back around the laptop to become a 13-inch tablet. The IdeaPad YOGA will have the yet-to-be released Windows 8 operating system, which includes the touch-friendly Metro interface.
But it's not all new processors and software. Lenovo is also upping the ante in the hands-on department, covering the bottom of the laptop with soft-touch rubber paint for a luxurious texture and secure grip, while bringing back the leather covered palmrest found on the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 ($1,049.99 direct, 3.5 stars) and retaining the scalloped keys and large clickpad found on the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s ($1,495 list, 4 stars).
The convertible ultrabook is designed to switch between four different form-factors with a flip of the screen. It can change from a conventional laptop to a tablet, easel mode with the screen standing at an angle, or tent mode with the YOGA setting upright on the edges of the screen and chassis. Buttons on the sides of the chassis maintain full functionality even when the keyboard isn't in use, and with Lenovo's 360-degree hinges, the screen should stay firmly positioned no matter what your favorite position is.
The Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA convertible ultrabook is coming the second half of 2012 with an estimated starting price of $1,199.