Lenovo Yoga in 2 sizes, Lynx, and Twist Windows 8 convertibles coming

Summary:The folks already bringing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to market will have the flexible Yoga in two sizes, a tablet/laptop dock (Lynx), and an old-school convertible (Twist) available this month.

Lenovo is bringing four Windows 8 tablet/convertibles to market this month timed to hit when the new OS is launched. The previously demonstrated Yoga, an Ultrabook with a screen that bends back over the keyboard, will appear in both 11.6 and 13.3-inch forms. The Lynx is a thin tablet that has an optional laptop dock for use as a laptop replacement. The Twist is an Ultrabook with a screen that swivels around to cover the keyboard like convertible notebooks of old.

Two flexible Yogas

The innovative Yoga was first shown earlier this year and captured the attention of all who saw it. Basically an Ultrabook with a touch screen that bends all the way forward and back the Yoga can be used as a laptop, tablet, and presentation device.

Yoga 13
Yoga 13

The larger Yoga has a 13.3-inch IPS display (1600 x 900) and weighs 3.4 lbs. It is a mere .67 inches thick making it a true thin and light laptop that can also be used as a tablet. It will be available in either gray or orange and features 10-point multitouch operation. Lenovo is quoting a 7 hour battery life. The Yoga 13 with either a Core i5 or i7 will be available for purchase on October 12 at Best Buy and Lenovo online for delivery on October 26 (Windows 8 launch day). Pricing for the Yoga 13 starts at $1,099.

Yoga 11
Yoga 11

For those feeling the larger Yoga is too big, the Yoga 11 is only 2.8 lbs. with a 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768). It is also available in gray and orange and with the ARM processor is running Windows RT. It packs the Nvidia Tegra 3 inside to drive things along. The power-stingy processor allows Lenovo to quote a full 13 hours of battery life on a charge. The whole bending package is only .61 inches thick. This model sports a 5-point multitouch screen. The Yoga 11 will be available in December starting at $799.

Lynx with optional laptop dock


For those preferring a separate tablet, the Lynx is a slate a mere .37 inches thick weighing 1.41 lbs. The Lynx has the Intel Atom processor (1.8 GHz) so it runs full Windows 8 unlike the Yoga 11. The tablet is 11.6-inches (1366 x 768) and has an optional laptop dock turning it into a full laptop. The tablet and dock weigh in at 2.86 lbs. together yielding a light package for the road. The Lynx is available in gray and will be available in December starting at $599 for the tablet and an additional $149 for the laptop dock. The tablet alone has a quoted 8 hour battery life that extends to 16 hours when used with the dock.

ThinkPad Edge Twist

ThinkPad Edge Twist

Aimed at the SMB/Education market is the Lenovo Twist, a convertible notebook based on an Ultrabook chassis. The 12.5-inch display (1366 x 768) swivels around like convertible notebooks of old to assume a tablet form. The Twist is available with Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and is 3.48 lbs. It is .79 inches thick making it the thickest and heaviest of the four new convertibles from Lenovo. It has an estimated 7 hours of battery life and Lenovo quotes a 2 second resume time. The Mocha Black Twist will be available October 26 from Lenovo, Staples and other retailers starting at $849.

Topics: Windows, Lenovo, Tablets


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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