The concept of a tablet-notebook hybrid has been around for quite some time, mainly on the Android platform and within the ASUS Transformer tablet line-up. But thanks to the flexible nature of the recently launched Windows 8 operating system, even more innovative hybrids are hitting the market.
Lenovo is one of the main OEMs that have been involved in delivering cutting-edge notebooks powered by Windows 8 and Intel CPUs. During CES 2013 in Las Vegas earlier this month, the company unveiled one of its latest hybrids -the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S.
Although the Yoga 11S shares many similarities with the Yoga 11, it is being powered by an Intel CPU instead of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. In addition to that, unlike its sibling which comes pre-installed with Windows RT, the Yoga 11S delivers a full “desktop PC” experience thanks to Windows 8 (users will no longer be limited to web apps, they will have the entire Windows ecosystem at their disposal).
In terms of design, the Lenovo IdeaPad 11S remains true to the concept of a Yoga tablet-notebook hybrid, which means that the display can be easily repositioned at various angles in order to utilize the device as a classic notebook, or it can even be flipped at a 360 degree angle which transforms the device into a full-fledged tablet.
Some more exotic positions in which one can use the Yoga 11S are the ones called “tent” and “stand”. On an even ground and in the “tent” mode, the hybrid looks and behaves pretty much like a docked tablet, allowing you to enjoy videos or other multimedia content without having to keep it in you lap or in you hands. The “stand” mode however (pictured below), seems to be the more practical one – with the display folded back to about 270 degrees, the Lenovo Yoga 11S turns into a touch device ideal for group presentations or any other activity that doesn’t include the keyboard.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S weights about 1.4 kg which makes it roughly 200 grams heavier than its Tegra 3-powered counterpart, and measures 298 x 204 x 17.2 mm.
The hardware specifications of the Yoga 11S are very promising as well, as the notebook will be powered by up to an Intel Core i5 CPU (3rd generation) in the U.S.A. (up to Intel Core i7 worldwide) and it will feature 8 GB of DDR3L RAM clocked at 1600 MHz, up to 256 GB of SSD storage, an Intel HD 4000 graphics chip, and last but certainly not least, an 11.6 inch IPS display featuring a resolution of 1366 x 768.
Other characteristics include USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI, a 2-in-1 card reader, a 720p webcam and a battery that promises to keep the notebook up and running for up to 6 hours.
Overall, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a very interesting notebook-tablet hybrid and its uniqueness is undeniable, but all hardware-specs aside, it’s time to move on and take a quick look at pricing and availability.
The Yoga 11S is being planned for a U.S. market release sometime in June 2013 when it will be available for purchase at the starting price of $799.
Is anyone excited about what this Lenovo hybrid has to offer? If so, then what’s the biggest selling point of the Yoga 11S in your opinion? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
And if you can’t wait until June, check out the IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook™.
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