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Lenovo Extends Yoga Lineup With Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga (Update: Hands-on Photos)

Lenovo Extends Yoga Lineup With Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga

Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook

Users will instantly notice the Yoga 2 Pro’s impressive, eye-popping 13.3-inch display: Its QHD+ super high resolution 10-finger touchscreen displays images in 3200 x 1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to four times the visual clarity of the original Yoga’s HD+ (1600 x 900) screen and the highest screen resolution on the market today. The 350-nit screen features an IPS panel with a 178° wide angle viewing that enables a clear, crisp image from any angle you're looking at the display from.

Thinner and lighter than before at 15.5 mm thin and 1.39 kg, the portable Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook lets users easily enjoy computing in each of its four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. Yoga 2 Pro also features an Intel fourth generation Core i7 ULT processors, Windows 8.1, up to a massive 512GB SSD, Intel WiDi for streaming content wirelessly to a TV, Dolby Home Theatre v4 and up to nine hours of battery life1.

It also has a new backlit keyboard and comes in its signature Grey or Clementine Orange colors. The recently introduced Yoga 11S will also be updated to include the latest fourth generation Intel Core i7 processors.

A full-function laptop and tablet, the Yoga 2 Pro infuses new smart features including Yoga Picks, a concierge-like tool that suggests suitable apps based upon the device’s mode, as well as custom apps and voice control. For example, in tablet mode, Yoga Picks suggests apps like Birzzle, a popular touch game, and Zinio, an e-reader. In tent mode, it offers the painting app, Fresh Paint and Rara music streaming.

Additionally, Yoga 2 Pro comes with apps created especially for its four modes. In laptop mode, Phone Companion lets users copy content from documents or websites/pages and send the information to their phones as a text message. Yoga Photo Touch allows users in tablet mode to edit or retouch photos using their fingers on the 10-point multitouch screen. Built for stand mode, Yoga Camera Man lets users take photos with effects like lomo, 4-in-1, macro, GIF and more to photos, and Yoga Chef in tent mode taps into Yoga 2 Pro’s motion control and voice control to advance recipes from cooking apps.

Also available for Yoga 2 Pro is the N700 multimode wireless mouse, sold separately, that rotates 180° to double as a pointer so users can switch between desktop work and presentations.

ThinkPad Yoga

While borrowing Yoga’s flip and fold, four mode design, the ThinkPad Yoga creates its own space for business customers with its performance, security and productivity features as well as customization options. The 12.5-inch magnesium alloy ThinkPad Yoga offers a stunning visual and intensive multimedia experience starting with choices of a Corning Gorilla Glass HD IPS or a FHD IPS display (optional digitizer and pen available for the FHD display) running Windows 8.1. For a responsive touch experience, there's also its 10-point multi-touch display running Windows 8.1 or its oversized five-button glass trackpad optimized for gestures.

Designed for maximum comfort in all modes, the ThinkPad Yoga features a unique lift-and-lock system created for tablet mode. The system automatically lifts the keyboard well, and locks the machine's keys in place for a streamlined feel. This unique systems attempts to correct the chief complaint about the original Yoga's tablet mode, which was that keys can still be pressed down, despite being disabled.

Additionally, ThinkPad Yoga features the legendary ThinkPad keyboard with optional backlit models and models with Near Field Communications (NFC) to easily share data between devices.

To meet the demands of most business users today, Lenovo also ensured that the ThinkPad Yoga has the key performance technologies business users need: choices of Intel fourth generation Core i7 processors, up to 1 TB of storage (equivalent to the size of storing 500 DVD movies) as well as all-day battery life.

Additionally, the ThinkPad Yoga is capable of responding to voice input so users can chat on Instant Messaging programs, play their music, search the web and more without lifting a finger. And for an expanded workspace, Lenovo’s One Link dock, purchased separately, provides USB ports, a mini-HDMI connection, Gigabit Ethernet and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro will be available in October  for US$1,099.99, while the enterprise centric ThinkPad Yoga will be launched in November, with prices starting from US$629.99. Unfortunately, these products were shown during IFA 2013 held in Berlin, Germany, so prices and availability for these products are for the US market. It's not clear when these products will reach Singapore, but when we'll update this space when we find out.

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