Bring on the Hybrids: Lenovo Reveals Slew of Convertible Windows 8 Devices

by windowsiso on October 9, 2012

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga folds back 360 degrees, from ultrabook to tablet. Image: Lenovo

Lenovo is barreling into Windows 8 with a full force of convertible devices that are designed to be used as both touchscreen tablets and traditional clamshell notebooks. The company on Tuesday revealed its Windows 8 lineup with just under a dozen of these hybrid devices.

First up is the IdeaPad Yoga, which made its debut at CES 2012. Back then, the device looked incredibly novel and somewhat goofy, but the onslaught of hybrid devices in recent months has rendered the Yoga a bit more commonplace. Lenovo will offer IdeaPad Yoga in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch models; the key difference between the two, besides size, is that the smaller model is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 chip and runs Windows RT. The larger model will sport the latest generation Intel Core processors, and run the full-featured Windows 8.

Yoga is one of the more simplistic, and practical, hybrid devices. It looks like a regular clamshell ultrabook and turns into a tablet by folding the screen back 360 degrees. In my hands-on time with the both the Yoga 13 and 11, the hinge was sturdy, yet easy to rotate.

The Yoga 11 has a 1366

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