Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga Hands-On: Notebook Backflips Into a Windows 8 Tablet

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

LAS VEGAS — When Windows 8 ships later this year, its new Metro UI will work well on traditional notebooks, but you’ll want a tablet to really take advantage of some of its touch-friendly features. Due to ship at the Windows 8 launch, Lenovo’s groundbreaking IdeaPad Yoga notebook gives you the best of both worlds as its 13.3-inch clamshell design has a flexible lid that folds back 360 degrees, allowing you to use its touchscreen as a slate tablet or even a home Internet appliance.

We had a chance to go hands-on with the the IdeaPad Yoga this morning and came away impressed with its amazing hinge design, thin chassis, and super-bright high-res screen. On the outside, the notebook looks a lot like other ultraportable IdeaPads , with an attractive gray aluminum lid, sides, and bottom. The sides of the notebook measure just .67-inches while the entire system weighs just 3.1 pounds, making the Yoga officially an Ultrabook. Inside, the Yoga has the same, comfy faux leather palm rest we’ve seen on the U300 and the same island-style keyboard. Component-wise, the IdeaPad Yoga will sport an Ivy Bridge CPU, up to a 256GB SSD, and up to 8GB of RAM. 

Yoga Notebook

However, the Yoga’s bright touchscreen and 360-degree folding lid are the real stars of this show. The 400-nit screen sports a generous 1600 x 900 resolution and supports 10-finger touch. Using a drawing app in Windows 8, we were able to draw lines with several fingers at once. We were also able to hit a number of different keys on a virtual piano application by putting a whole hand down.

To fully take advantage of this screen, the IdeaPad Yoga’s lid bends backward like Jane Fonda doing a downward dog pose. You can rotate the  screen half way and turn the Yoga into a tent-shaped device where the screen is propped up.

Tent Pose

You can also prop it up so the screen is facing you while the deck sits behind it as a base. In this shape you could use the device like a touchscreen Internet appliance, launching recipes or videos in the kitchen. You can even use it like an all-in-one PC, if you attach a keyboard and monitor in this pose.

Internet Appliance Pose

Of course, the most popular pose is likely to be the tablet pose where the screen is flipped around a full 360 degrees so the entire device turns into a slate. We’ve seen many convertible tablets that swivel their notebooks into this pose over the years, but the Yoga’s method of bending back the screen seems much sturdier and more elegant.

Tablet Poes

We can’t wait to play with a final production Yoga when the device ships sometime in the latter half of 2012. At this point, pricing is up in the air, though a Lenovo rep told us the company would like to come in below $1,000 though $1,000 to $1,200 is very possible.


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  1. sam Says:

    Amazing laptop!

  2. carl duan Says:

    Yoga is very good

  3. carl duan Says:

    Yoga is a wondeful computer, I like it

  4. Gino wang Says:

    so amazing

  5. xiaojf Says:

    it’s fashion,cool,inovation.

  6. cc Says:

    good

  7. Johnson Says:

    I love Yoga.

  8. wudonghai Says:

    I hope IdeaPad Yoga have a achievement

  9. Gordon Morrans Says:

    Another outstanding product from Lenovo

  10. jame Says:

    perfect yoga, tablet or NB depanding on you.

  11. Johnson Says:

    Very good product.

  12. philip Says:

    Great! I can not wait to have one.

  13. Ivan chen Says:

    That’s very good, I like it!

  14. Kevin Says:

    It’s really a amazing product

  15. Yong Says:

    awsome ID design and I want to get it right now!!

  16. Kelvin Says:

    Wonderful product ! I like it.

  17. Mica Says:

    Love it! I already have a think tablet from Lenovo and it’s amazing! I will buy this one for my husband!

  18. Robert Says:

    Great machine from an innovated company

  19. Harris Says:

    Very clever idea, but as an X-61 convertible owner, I wonder what happens to the exposed keys and touchpad when the unit is flexed into a tablet. The X-61 has a swivel hinge so the keys and mouse are covered in tablet mode…

  20. zhidong Says:

    Wow !!, it is a wonderful laptop from Lenovo

  21. RYAN Says:

    Amazing products, I love it !!!!

  22. Mark Says:

    WOW!

  23. Bianyt Says:

    So cool!

  24. claire Says:

    good

  25. Robin He Says:

    Very good

  26. nancy Says:

    good product

  27. wu_deming Says:

    I like it

  28. Haven Says:

    It’s really cool. I m thinking about to upgrade my old Thinkpad to this.

  29. Rita Says:

    so wonderful,support

  30. Carrie Hu Says:

    Nice machine!!

  31. xiaonian Says:

    Wonderful product

  32. xuhualu Says:

    Lenovo Yoga machine brilliant and beautiful, great.!

  33. Delinda Says:

    SO cool!

  34. Bruce Says:

    Great product, I love it.

  35. Forever Yao Says:

    Lenovo i an innovated, Great company. Love Lenovo, Love Yoga.

  36. Edwardz Says:

    amzing product, I hope I will not wait for long to try it.

  37. Mia Says:

    Fabulas!~ Amazing!~ wish could buy it soon

  38. K' Says:

    I cant stand for getting it. When will it be published?

  39. Eagle Says:

    Really exciting!

  40. TG Says:

    Great product.

  41. JacKY Says:

    very good

  42. Helen Says:

    very good

  43. Jean Niu Says:

    Wonderful product !

  44. Karen Jay-ann Diaz Says:

    Amazing ! I BADLY WANT TO HAVE ONE !! xD

  45. 刘琳 Says:

    Wonderful!I like it!

  46. ELIZ LOPEZ Says:

    AMAZING LIKE IT WISH I COULD GET ONE

  47. Eva Says:

    YOGA! Amazing!

  48. Jocelyn Jia Says:

    Full of innnovation, very creative and coooooooool! A must have digital product.

  49. Ivy Says:

    How brilliant! That’s exactly what I need!

  50. liangzr Says:

    Yoga! I like! I hope I will not wait for long to try it.

  51. Haz Says:

    “256GB CPU”. I don’t think you know what that word means.

  52. McGover Says:

    IMHO – the best choise for enduser, doesn’t matter – for home or business purposes. Lenovo – ahead!

  53. hank Says:

    amazing product

  54. kstagg Says:

    …annnnnnnnnnnd it’s too expensive. Hopefully there will be lower-end models. This spring there will be 7″ models for Android that will be $250 or less and will have Tegra-3 processor.

  55. Deej Says:

    this would be perfect if it is durable, takes cd roms, has an ethernet port, great battery life and price

  56. Bogdacutu Says:

    256GB CPU, eh?

  57. Dawnia Says:

    Youtube it, it explains that after the screen goes past the 180 angle it deactivates the keyboard and mouse. So cool!

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