Digital News Report – There is a lot of buzz on ultrabook laptops at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was held this week in Las Vegas. Lenova introduced their IdeaPad Yoga laptop tablet device that is planned to be available when Microsoft Windows 8 is released in the second half of 2012.
The Lenova Yoga was demonstrated at CES as having a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1600×900. At first glance, it looks very much like a regular laptop computer. But the Lenova Yoga has a hinged keyboard that will allow it to fold into four different operating modes; laptop, tablet, stand, or tent configurations. Lenova calls this new product a multi-mode notebook.
The laptop mode works as a traditional notebook with a keyboard and screen. The display has touch screen functionality even in the notebook mode. If the keyboard is flipped under the display, the Yoga is converted into a tablet. The keyboard functionality is turned off, and the tablet uses the touch screen completely to navigate. The keyboard can be used as a stand for the tablet for another mode. The last mode is the tent mode were the keyboard and tablet display edges hold up the display, which is good for watching a presentation or movie.
The touch screen navigation has up to ten gesture functions to navigate the system.
The Lenova Yoga notebook computer is also currently the thinnest 360-convertible device measuring only 0.67 inch (16.9mm) in thickness. The device is also rather lightweight weighing in at 3.1 lbs (1.47kg). Lenova plans to incorporate the latest Intel processors on the market at the time of the product launch. The battery should last around 8 hours.
The Lenova Yoga IdeaPad has an estimated starting retail price of $1,199.
By: Victoria Brown