Lenovo Reveals 4 New Windows 8 Devices
Lenovo recently unveiled four Windows 8 touchscreen devices under their consumer and enterprise brands. On the consumer end, there is the familiar Lenovo Ideapad Yoga, which comes in two sizes, 13-inches and 11-inches. There's also the Ideatab Lynx, which is tablet with a keyboard dock. On the enterprise side, there is the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist, which sports a form factor we've seen before in previous Thinkpad Tablets.
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13-inch
The 13-inch Lenovo Ideapad Yoga has a form factor that's hardly seen from other manufacturers. Its hinges swivels 360 degrees which allow the screen to be folded backwards until it becomes a tablet. It will feature Intel's 3rd-generation Core processor, which means it will most definitely be running the full version of Windows 8. It measures only 16.9mm in height, and will come with a 13.3-inch HD IPS touch panel. According to Electronista, the device will retail in the U.S. for about US$1100.
The 11.6-inch Yoga sports a similar form factor as its larger sibling, but carries the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor instead of an Intel-based workhorse, which means it will most likely come with Windows RT installed. It measures 15.6mm height-wise and will cost about US$800, significantly more than Android tablets fitted with a Tegra 3 processor.
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx
The 11.6-inch Ideatab Lynx is basically a tablet with a keyboard dock, the form factor of choice for most of the major manufacturers when it comes to Windows 8. The Ideatab Lynx will be shipped with Intel's upcoming System-on-a-Chip dual-core Atom processor (1.8GHz) with 2GB RAM, which suggests it will be running Windows 8 instead of Windows RT. Not much is known at the moment about what kind of ports the Lynx will have, but what we do know is that the keyboard dock will feature an extra USB port. The tablet will set consumers back about US$600, and an additional US$149 for the keyboard dock.
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist
The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist has form factor we've seen many times before in previous tablet Thinkpads. The 12.5-inch (350 nit IPS) display is able to twist, and lie flat on the keyboard, converting it into a tablet. There aren't any details as to whether or not the Twist will come with a stylus, like older touchscreen Thinkpads. But what we do know is that it will feature a 3rd-generation Intel Core processor, and will likely be running Windows 8 Pro. There's also an optional 3G slot for connectivity on the go. Users will be able to choose between a 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist will be priced at US$649 and above, depending on the components you choose. Lenovo is also bundling the Twist with a couple of enterprise software to make the deal more attractive.