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Lenovo continues Windows 8 focus with new tablets that convert into Ultrabooks

by Doug Drinkwater

October 10 2012

The IdeaPad Lynx will come with an optional keyboard
The IdeaPad Lynx will come with an optional keyboard

Fast growing PC maker Lenovo has announced four new hybrid Windows 8 tablets which could compete with Microsoft's own Surface tablet family and increasingly blur the lines between tablets and PCs.

The Chinese company announced the launch of four new designs yesterday, with these consisting of the IdeaPad Yoga (itself comprising the Yoga 11 and Yoga 13 models), the IdeaPad Lynx and the ThinkPad Twist.

The Yoga, which was first announced some months ago, comes in two sizes; the 11.6-inch Yoga 11 and the 13.3-inch Yoga 13.

The former model runs the ARM-powered Windows RT, boasts Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip, is 15.6mm thick and promises a battery life of 13 hours, while its bigger 13-inch brother comes with Windows Pro, a thickness of 16.9mm and a battery life of 8 hours.

Lenovo says that each model has a 360 degree hinge which enables users to pivot to device from an Ultrabook into a tablet in “one simple motion”.

The IdeaPad Lynx will perhaps be the most interesting tablet to prospective business buyers as it sports an 11.6-inch display, Intel Atom processor and an attachable keyboard accessory, which could make this particular model a rival to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Lenovo says the model offers 16 hours of battery life when attached to the optional keyboard.

And marking 20 years of the ThinkPad family, Lenovo has also announced the ThinkPad Twist, which is essentially an Ultrabook convertible that can turn into a tablet.

The Twist has a 12.5-inch screen, a choice of Intel third-generation processor and comes with SSD or HDD storage as well as ‘all day battery life’.

Unlike many of its Windows 8 hardware rivals, Lenovo has been rather candid about the price of its devices. The firm says that the IdeaPad Yoga 13 will debut for $1,099 on October 26, with the ARM-powered Yoga 11 entering the market for $799 in December.

The IdeaPad Lynx will debut in December for a more affordable $599 ($750 with the keyboard), while the ThinkPad Twist will start from $849 when it launches on October 26. Lenovo is already planning to release its ThinkPad 2 tablet with Windows 8 for $799 on October 26.

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