Lenovo Debuts ThinkPad Yoga with Lift ‘N Lock Keyboard

Ever wonder what would happen if the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch had a child? Lenovo’s provided the answer with the new $949 ThinkPad Yoga. Touted as ” the perfect solution” for mobile professionals, the ThinkPad Yoga combines a bendable display, solid performance, comfortable keyboard and long battery life into a versatile hybrid form.

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The ThinkPad Yoga has a dual-hinge design, meaning it can access the same four modes as the Yoga: laptop, tablet, tent and presentation. The notebook features a durable magnesium-alloy chassis that measures 12.4 x 8.7 x .74-inch and weighs in at 3.48 pounds. It’s a little hefty for an ultrabook, but still nice and portable.  The 12.5-inch 10-point Corning Gorilla Glass can also take its fair share of bumps and bruises. There’s also an optional Wacom Digitizer with Pen input for those that desire pen support.

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Even better, Lenovo has outfitted the notebook with a backlit “Lift ‘N Lock” keyboard that lifts the keyboard panel up placing it flush against the keys and locking them in place when in tablet mode. Not to worry, though the ThinkPad still features the company’s AccuType keyboard for a firm, comfortable typing experience. The notebook will also feature voice control and an optional NFC for fast connection with other NFC-enabled devices. There’s also full support for Lenovo OneLink and OneLink Pro Docking.

Spec-wise the ThinkPad Yoga will feature Windows 8.1 with  up to a  Intel 4th Generation Core i7 CPU, a max of 8GB of RAM, Intel integrated graphics, up to 1TB HDD storage and up to 256 GB SSD. In terms of ports, there’s 2 USB 3.0 ports and mini-HDMI, but with OneLink Docking, users can dock with a single cable for dedicated video, additional USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is slated to hit stores at the beginning of November.

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