Lenovo introduces Yoga (the laptop, not the exercise)

11:33 PM, Feb 4, 2012   |    comments
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For those who think yoga simply isn't for them, it's time to think again.

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga is a 13.3-inch ultra-thin (16.3mm) laptop computer that looks worthy of the marketing buzzword "ultrabook".  Packing enough of a punch (up to an Intel i7 CPU, eight gigs of RAM, and a 256GB SSD) to handle most anything the average computer user will throw at it, the Yoga is quite the flexible machine (hence the name) and can be used not only as a standard laptop but also in three other modes.

"You can flip [the monitor] back.  The keyboard becomes disabled -- it's recessed anyway...and we have a tablet mode," explained company representative Michael Littler.

Yoga's monitor is capable of ten-point multitouch, making it quite versatile as a tablet running Windows 7 (and Windows 8 once the software becomes available).

In addition to tablet mode, the computer can be placed into what Littler referred to as "stand mode" in which the keyboard half becomes a base and holds the touchscreen monitor at an angle for easy viewing/tapping.  The final mode, known as "tent mode", has the laptop propped up like a pup tent.

"You can perhaps use it to show someone a presentation," Littler suggested.

Tagged with a reported price tag of $1199 US, consumers can expect to see Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga hit retailers a little later in 2012.


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