BERLIN: CHINESE LAPTOP MAKER Lenovo announced a couple of convertible devices at the IFA electronics trade show today, including updates to its Yoga range of convertible laptops, the Yoga 2 Pro for consumers and the Thinkpad Yoga for business users.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro retains the same multi-mode "360 flip fold" PC design as Lenovo's previous Yoga products, but has been given a boost with Intel Haswell Core processors and a screen upgrade that Lenovo claims is the "world's highest resolution 13.3in display".
The Yoga 2 Pro's HD+ display supports 3200x1800 resolution, 10-point touch and is apparently "very very bright", Lenovo claimed, with a brightness that the firm said is four times that of Lenovo's first Yoga device, the Ideapad Yoga 13.
Running Windows 8.1 and powered by Intel Haswell processors, the Yoga 2 Pro will last for nine hours on one charge. It will also feature a backlit keyboard and measure 15.5mm thick with a weight of 1.39kg, 10 percent thinner and lighter than Lenovo's original Yoga 13.
Lenovo claims that this thinner chassis will make "tablet mode" a much more pleasurable experience for users.
As well as hardware changes, Lenovo has also updated the Yoga in terms of software, adding built-in voice and motion control. Voice activation and motion control means that users will be able to interact with multimedia on the Yoga, such as pausing movies with the wave of a hand or speaking to it, so that they don't have to touch the screen when the device is in stand mode.
The Yoga 2 Pro will be "coming in Octboer", Lenovo said at the press conference today, priced at €1,299. Lenovo didn't announce UK availability or pricing information but we can speculate that it will launch around the same time and for a similar price in pounds sterling.
Lenovo didn't leave out its business users when it announced its new products today, as the firm also unveiled the Thinkpad Yoga, a 12.5in business notebook with full HD screen and a 360 degree hinge.
"We are excited aout the Thinkpad Yoga because business users want something more durable and rugged," Lenovo said during the unveiling.
The Thinkpad Yoga is made more durable due to a locking bezel that surrounds the keyboard and lifts and locks the keys when the device is converted into tablet mode.
"It's what people need if they want a thinkpad that will last three to five years," the firm added.
Bundled with a digital stylus for "digitally signing documents", the Thinkpad Yoga is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and will run the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Lenovo promised business Thinkpad users that the Yoga edition will "look and feel like a Thinkpad", and will be priced at €799 when it hits the market sometime in November. Again, Lenovo has not announced UK pricing yet.
As well as the Yoga Pro 2 and the Thinkpad Yogo, Lenovo also updated its line-up of laptops with the Flex 14, 15 and 20, a range of notebooks and an all in one (AIO) coming in 14, 15 and 20in screen sizes that each boast a 300 degree hinge so that the keyboard can rotate to allow “stand mode”.
Powered by Haswell processors up to i7 and Nvidia discrete GT 740M graphics, the Flex notebooks and all in one are essentially desktop replacements with a little more flexibility for optimal viewing or touch operation. µ
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