Lenovo says first Windows 8 Ultrabook/tablet will cost almost $2,000

by Doug Drinkwater

April 11 2012

The IdeaPad Yoga will run Windows 8 on launch
The IdeaPad Yoga will run Windows 8 on launch

Chinese PC vendor Lenovo has revealed early UK pricing for its hybrid Windows 8 Ultrabook/tablet, the IdeaPad Yoga. The firm says the product will start from a hefty £1,199 (approximately $1,905) in the UK, and will debut sometime in October.

The Yoga is an Ultrabook laptop which has a folding screen that can be bent backwards to transform the device into a touchscreen tablet. The model is to run Windows 8 and Lenovo says that the basic model will cost £1,199, with the more powerful Core i7 design to be available for £1,500 (roughly $2,385).

Both prices are fairly steep considering you can get Acer's highly-rated S3 Ultrabook for around £600 ($955) or a third-generation iPad with 64GB of storage for around the same price. Even the MacBook Air is cheaper at approximately £1,100 ($1,745).

The Yoga was announced back at CES in Las Vegas this January, and is also on show at the UK’s Gadget Show in Birmingham, England this week. Lenovo is also showing the IdeaPad A1 tablet and the IdeaTab S2010, a convertible design which can be used as a tablet or netbook, at the exhibition. Company staff did however tell TabTimes at the show that the IdeaPad A1 is 'coming to an end', although limited stock is still available in the UK, Germany and the United States.

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