Lenovo introduces new Yoga convertibles, Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga, at the IFA consumer electronics show.
September 06, 2013
During a press event at the 2013 IFA in Berlin, Lenovo announced a broad expansion to its portfolio of multi-mode devices. The new lineup starts with two new Yoga convertibles: The Yoga 2 Pro, a long-awaited successor to the original 360-degree, flip-and-fold, 13.3-inch Yoga, and the new ThinkPad Yoga, built to take business users to “new heights” with its multimode design and business-heavy features.
Yoga 2 Pro
The Yoga 2 Pro’s QHD+ super-high-resolution, 10-finger touch screen displays images in 3200 x 1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to four times the visual clarity of the original Yoga’s HD+ (1600 x 900) screen. The 350-nit screen features IPS display technology and 178-degree, wide-angle viewing.
Thinner and lighter than before at 15.5mm thin and 1.39kg, the 13.3-inch display Yoga 2 Pro lets users “easily enjoy computing” in each of its four modes: laptop, tablet, stand, and tent. The Yoga 2 Pro also features choices of up to 4th generation (Haswell) Intel Core i7 ULT processors, Windows 8.1, up to 512 GB SSD, Intel WiFi for streaming content wirelessly, and up to nine hours of battery life. It also offers a new back-lit keyboard and comes in grey or clementine orange color. The recently introduced Yoga 11S will also be getting a Haswell option, up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors.
A full-function laptop and tablet, Yoga 2 Pro infuses new smart features including Yoga Picks, a concierge-like tool that suggests suitable apps based upon the device’s mode, custom apps, and voice control. For example, in tablet mode, Yoga Picks suggests apps like Birizzle touch game and Zinio, an e-reader. In tent mode, it offers Fresh Paint art app and Rara music streaming. In laptop mode, Phone Companion lets users copy content from documents or website/pages and send the information to their phones as a text message. Yoga Photo Touch allows users in tablet mode to edit or retouch photos using their fingers on the 10-point multitouch screen. Built for stand alone mode, Yoga Camera Man lets users take photos with effects like lomo, 4-in-1, macro, and GIF. Yoga Chef in tent mode taps into Yoga 2 Pro’s motion control and voice control to advance recipes from cooking apps. Also available for Yoga 2 Pro is the N700 multimode wireless mouse, sold separately, that rotates 180 degrees to double as a pointer so users can switch between desktop work and presentations.
While borrowing Yoga’s flip and fold, four mode design, the ThinkPad Yoga creates its own space for business customers with its performance, security and productivity features, as well as, customization options. The 12.5-inch magnesium alloy ThinkPad Yoga offers choices of a Corning Gorilla Glass HD IPS or a FHD IPS display (optional digitizer and pen available for the FHD display) running Windows 8.1. For a responsive touch experiences, use its 10-finger touch screen running Windows 8.1 or its oversized five-button glass track pad optimized for gestures.
The ThinkPad Yoga features a lift-and-lock system created for tablet mode. The system automatically lifts and locks the keys on the machine’s keyboard for a streamlined feel. Additionally, ThinkPad Yoga features the ThinkPad keyboard with optional back-lit models and models with Near Field Communications (NFC) to share data between devices.
The ThinkPad Yoga offers choices of up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 1 TB of storage equivalent to the size of storing 500 DVD movies, and all-day battery life. It responds to voice input so users can chat on Instant Messaging programs, play their music, and search the Web without lifting a finger. For an expanded workspace, Lenovo’s One Link dock, purchased separately, provides USB ports, a mini-HDMI connection, Gigabit Ethernet and more.
“Yoga’s revolutionary flip and fold design shattered the mold for convertible computing, giving users a new found flexibility and unlimited options in one machine,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo. “We’ve refined that concept for mobile business professionals with ThinkPad Yoga, giving them the business technologies and features they need paired with the new lift and lock system for a completely adaptable design.”