Lenovo Windows 8 Tablets, Laptops, Ultrabooks Offer Flexible Appeal
Gartner expects tablets and convertibles with good touch displays to help drive the success of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Lenovo helped the cause of its longtime partner Oct. 9, with the introduction of four touch-based convertibles running versions of Windows 8. The IdeaPad Yoga 13 is an Ultrabook with a 360-degree hinge that enables it to lean all the way back or hold several poses in between. The Yoga 11 is a smaller notebook, with a smaller price tag, that runs Windows RT but has all the flexibility of its big sister. The IdeaTab Lynx can operate as a stand-alone tablet with an 11.6-inch display or click into a base that gives it a very realistic laptop look and up to 16 hours of battery life. Finally, expected to be a hit with small businesses and the education set, is the Twist, an Ultrabook with a more conventional take on the convertible form factor—while the Yogas can simply lean all the way back, the Twist, well, twists and then folds, so that the soft-touch finish behind the keyboard might rest against a user's forearm or fingers. Two will arrive on Windows 8's Oct. 26 launch date, and two will follow in December. Its new devices, Lenovo said in a statement, now literally bend over backward to please consumers, businesses "and everyone in between."