The original IdeaPad Yoga was one of our favorite early convertible laptops, not least because the “convertible” part didn’t ruin the “laptop” part. Its many contortions were also genuinely useful, even if the weight and exposed keyboard made it a bit too awkward to use as a dedicated tablet. We got a belated 11-inch version of the original Yoga a bit earlier this year, but today at IFA, Lenovo has formally announced a pair of true sequels that look to improve the design without radically altering its formula.
From the folding hinge to the bright “clementine orange” color, the Yoga 2 Pro is very much a successor to the first Yoga. It loses some weight and some thickness, dropping to 0.61 inches thick and 3.06 pounds from the 0.68 inches and 3.4 pounds of the original. It also includes Intel’s new Haswell processors (and its new integrated GPUs—there’s no dedicated graphics option available), but the biggest upgrade is the 13.3-inch 3200×1800 touchscreen. At 276 PPI, this is a substantial upgrade over the 1600×900 display of the original, though the (included) Windows 8.1 Pro can have some issues with high-PPI displays .
The other specs are a mixed bag—you’ve got 8GB of DDR3L, standard 128, 256, and 512GB SSDs, a backlit keyboard, and Bluetooth 4.0 (all good), but there’s only one USB 3.0 port (the other is USB 2.0) and a frustratingly low-end 2.4GHz-only 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter. We understand laptops that don’t ship with 802.11ac yet, since that’s still a new standard and many people won’t have upgraded to a compatible router just yet. But to ship a high-end laptop without dual-band 802.11n seems like a serious missed opportunity. The laptop also promises around six hours of battery life, which would have been on the low end of average for an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook but is a bit disappointing for a Haswell model.
For you buttoned-down business types, Lenovo is introducing a new ThinkPad Yoga that brings the Yoga’s flexible hinge to the company’s generally well-regarded line of professional laptops. If you wanted a Yoga with the standard ThinkPad TrackPoint nub, this one is for you. The laptop is both thicker and heavier than the Yoga 2—0.74 inches thick and 3.48 pounds—and it includes a less-impressive 12.5-inch 1366×768 display (with 1920×1080 available as an option). It’s also available with slower spinning hard drives in capacities up to 1TB, though up to 256GB of solid-state storage is available as an option. Haswell processors and 4GB or 8GB of memory are included, and it does sport two USB 3.0 ports rather than the mix of ports included in the consumer-oriented Yoga 2. Lenovo’s spec sheet doesn’t mention the Wi-Fi adapter specifically, but the laptop can be connected to a “One Link dock” that provides extra USB ports and gigabit Ethernet among other niceties. Additionally, “up to” seven hours of battery life is promised.
The ThinkPad Yoga’s chief innovation is a “lift and lock” system that locks the keyboard keys while in tablet mode to prevent movement and then raises the rest of the keyboard area up to create a flat, unbroken surface. It still leaves the keyboard exposed, but it should reduce the likelihood that you’ll damage something by dragging the keys across the table or something.
The Yoga 2 Pro will be available starting at $1,099.99 in October. The ThinkPad Yoga will start at $949 when it launches in November.
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