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Lenovo Unveils Convertible Windows Systems

The PC maker at IFA announced new Yoga and Flex convertible systems and an all-in-one that converts to a flat table mode.

Lenovo officials are using the IFA 2013 show in Berlin to showcase their latest convertible computing devices that are powered by Intel chips and run Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

The world’s top PC vendor on Sept. 5 unveiled two new Yoga convertible systems, which can be used as a traditional notebook or a tablet, Flex thin-and-light notebooks that can be put into a stand mode, as well as an all-in-one that can convert from a stand mode to a table mode.

The new systems come after good responses to the company’s previous convertible systems, according to Tom Shell, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s Business Group PC Division.

“People around the world have told us they love the flexibility of Yoga and Horizon’s multimodes,” Shell said in a statement. “Our new Flex products represent this multimode future of PC design.”

The Yoga 2 Pro—a follow-on to the Yoga system the company introduced in October 2012—offers a 13.3-inch display and high-resolution touch-screen that displays images in 3,200x1,800 resolution. It’s 15.5mm and weighs 3.06 pounds, offers a range of Intel chips up to the Core i7 ULT processors and Windows 8.1, up to a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) and up to nine hours of battery life.

It can be used in four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tents, according to Lenovo officials.

The ThinkPad Yoga, aimed at business users, is a 12.5-inch system that lets customers decide whether to use the 10-finger tough screen or an oversized five-button glass trackpad optimized for gestures, the company said. The system also features what officials said is a system for tablet mode that lifts and locks the keys on its keyboard in place for a streamlined feel, and offers a keyboard with optional backlit models and other models with Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

Like the Yoga Pro, it also offers up to a Core i7 processor, up to 1TB of storage and responds to voice commands. Via its One Link dock, the system can offer such features as USB ports, a mini-HDMI connection and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Lenovo’s 14.1-inch Flex 14 and 15.6-inch Flex 15 laptops can flip 300 degrees into stand mode, respond to voice commands, offer up to nine hours of battery life, are powered by Intel chips up to the Core i7 ULT models, and include Nvidia’s discrete GT 740M graphics technology. The systems also offer up to 1TB of storage and optional SSD or NAND flash on Ultrabook models.

The Flex 20 all-in-one also is powered by Intel Core i7 chips and offers a 500GB HD or SSHD storage, and a 19.5 display. It also can convert from stand to flat table mode.