In an industry currently going through some major growing pains as it tries to adapt to the new needs of consumers, Lenovo has been doing surprisingly well. Convinced that laptops are dying and that PC’s have long since lost their appeal, they have been attempting to create intermediary devices that are more portable but still have the wider applications of the products that came before them.
One of the main ways they have been doing this is by making tablet/laptop hybrids that are lightweight and have swinging hinges that create a stand while also offering a keyboard. Turning it into both a touch screen, standing tablet and a basic laptop style computer.
The Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga use the same format. But it is the Yoga 2 that has the real stand out features that sets it apart from any of its predecessors.
As a major selling point, Lenovo is touting its 13-inch high definition display, which will feature an astonishing 3200 x 1800 pixels. This is much higher than the last model, which had 1600 x 900 resolution, which was already pretty great.
It has 4th gen Haswell Core chips for processors (up to an i7, but base config will have i5), 8GB RAM and 512 GB SDD storage. They are claiming only 6 hours of battery life, but you can always run it plugged in when able.
As for the ThinkPad, it will have a 12.5 inch display with up to 1080 pixel resolution. It features the same hinges as the other yoga series, but is lighter than the Yoga 2 Pro and more slender. It will contain the same processors, and up to 1 TB storage.
OK, folks, this is about as good as it gets. I will be the first to admit I am blown away by this series and the fact that Lenovo has managed to provide what can only be described as a stone cold perfect upgrade. Add in the fact that the Yoga 2 Pro will be priced at just under $1,100, and the ThinkPad Yoga just under $1,000 and you have a winner in every way.
Sales begin October 18, and both will run Windows 8.1, so no need to make any updates when you receive it.
Source: Digital Trends