Lenovo adds Yoga 11S convertible Ultrabook laptop to Windows 8 lineup

Lenovo adds Yoga 11S convertible Ultrabook laptop to Windows 8 lineup

Summary: While the original Yoga 11 ran Windows RT and was powered by an ARM chip, the new version offers Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and runs either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.

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Lenovo dubbed its convertible Ultrabook family the "Yoga" no doubt because it has the flexibility to serve as either a tablet with its display laid flat or as a traditional laptop. But the 11-inch version released several months ago, which was powered by an ARM processor and running Windows RT, apparently wound up giving users less than the best of both worlds, leading my ZDNet colleague Matt Baxter-Reynolds to conclude that if you buy it, "you're wasting your money."

Fortunately for Lenovo, it was already working on a full Windows 8 version of the Yoga 11, which it revealed at CES in January. Now, the company has finally made the Yoga 11S available to order on its website and BestBuy.com, with it being available in Best Buy brick-and-mortar locations starting on June 23.

Unlike the Yoga 11, the 11S makes use of Intel's Ivy Bridge processor lineup, ranging from the Core i3-3229Y on the base $799.99 configuration all the way up to the Core i7-3689Y for the top-of-the-line $1,349.99 version.  Built-in RAM ranges from 4GB to 8GB, and it comes with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive for storage. All configs use Intel's integrated HD 4000 graphics and share the same 1,366x768 11.6-inch LED-backlit screen. 

Also unlike the original Yoga 11, the 11S runs the full version of Windows 8 or, in the case of the $1,349.99 model, Windows 8 Pro. (Making it more like the Yoga 13.) Windows RT has elicited very strong and mixed opinions (just check the comments for any RT-related post here on ZDNet), with Baxter-Reynolds glumly arguing that "Windows RT is a pointless curiosity with zero market potential."

With the Yoga 11S, Lenovo is giving those who feel like Baxter-Reynolds an alternative to Windows RT, at a price point not much more than the original Yoga 11. Are you more interested in the Yoga 11 now that there's an option for running a full version of Windows 8? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility, Windows 8

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  • More info needed

    @teklust

    Yoga 11S are twice as expensive as Yoga 11, Intel processor instead of the ARM processor. Can we get some more information? Please.

    Yoga 11S Vs. Yoga 11:
    What about battery life?
    Weight and thickness?
    Fan and heat?
    Performance?
    Other differences?
    reidar76
    • The biggest difference

      Is RT was replaced by Windows 8. This gives you the option to run your Windows 7 Compatible software (x86). Now you can enjoy the beautiful touch gestures in Windows 8 and still run all of your old software.
      Rob.sharp
    • Yoga 11s Vs. 11

      The processor is replaced by Ivy Bridge instead of ARM. Like Rob.Sharp mentioned above, it will run Windows 8 (Pro) instead of Windows RT. Thus you could carry your Windows 7 apps happily. You can join the domains and the groups because group policies can be applied for Windows 8 Pro. I am guessing battery life is same as Surface Pro because it also runs on the same family of processors. In my case I use regularly and heavily for presentations and minor development, code and design reviews etc. That lasts between 5 to 6 hours a day. I hope it will be same on this unless Lenovo tweaked it. I have noticed this on my lenovo laptop. That lasts more than my HP laptop with similar specs including batteries. Lenovo Yoga 11 is very light system and since this is running on Ivy Bridge, I guess there will be micro fans like Surface Pro and guess that would heavier than Yoga 11, but not filthy heavy.
      Ram U
    • You could find more details here

      http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/yoga/yoga-models.html As per that site, this comes with i7, which is more powerful than Surface pro and also has 256GB SSD instead of 128 GB (Surface Pro) and weighs 3.1lbs and thickness 0.68" thickness and six hours of battery life, not bad.
      Ram U
  • the $1,349.99 model, Windows 8 Pro must be for Loverock Davidson

    As he'd be the only foolish one to purchase one or i forgot OwllllNet would also
    Over and Out
    • You're a bad troll.

      Go away.

      Your stalker-tendencies are scaring our us.

      Stay away from our children.

      We don't want you touching them.
      ForeverCookie
  • Much more interesting than the Surface Pro

    The only "mistake" is not offering a high res screen. Some users would likely prefer to spend the extra money on the screen, rather than the traditional RAM/storage/CPU options.

    To me, this raises an interesting point. MS has been blaming the ODMs for (W8) sales failures. MS is now making HW. Why not show the ODM how notebooks should be made to show off its main product (Windows) in the best way possible; high quality leading edge HW and form factors/categories and NO crapware?

    I think the Surface(s) are mostly a knee jerk reaction to Android and Apple's successes in mobile. I am not saying MS should not also focus on that market, but I think MS is again showing a complete lack of vision and just reacting to external events as usual. The trouble is, MS no longer controls the personal computing space, and that is probably a very good thing.
    D.T.Long
    • Have you spent time with Surface Pro

      I have one. It's great. Knee jerk reaction? Not even close to the way I would explain it. It's awesome hardware. All the tablet functionality needed? Yup. All the laptop functionality needed? Yup. I even use it at work with a USB 3.0 docking station, dual monitors, keyboard, mouse and external storage and it performs like a desktop. No good for running Hyper-V or VMware but that's okay, that's what the lab servers are for anyway.

      Not everyone needs the same thing but this is a fantastic device for what I need. And nothing on the market comes close to filling all the same needs.
      LiquidLearner
      • I am happy for you

        Sincerely.

        If it is the best device for your needs, I am 100% behind your decision, unlike some trolls here.

        I respect users' needs and preferences. I just do not like corporations that are too powerful and abuse that power. And I cannot STAND shills, but I guess you have already figured that out. :-)

        That does NOT however invalidate my comments above. It is pretty difficult to argue that MS is not being jerked around by and responding to external circumstances.

        If the "innovator's dilemma" does not mean anything to you, look it up.
        D.T.Long
    • anyway you wished death of Microsoft

      why does its products matter to you? Either you are a troll or Google paid Astro Turfer to malign Microsoft on all the threads here, you are one of them for sure.
      Ram U
    • D.T. Long In Case You Missed It

      See my posts about you on the "Google I/O by the numbers: 900 million Android activations" blog.
      Patrickgood1
      • Hmmmmm

        This is the second time I see this post.

        Are you a stalker?

        And no, I have not seen it and I am NOT interested in searching for one of your posts. You are not important to me AT ALL.

        Why is it SO important to you to point out that post to me? Do you have self esteem issues?
        D.T.Long
  • If you are contemplating buying one

    wait for the Haswell chip version. It will run faster, cooler, have better battery life, and have a better GPU integrated.
    jorjitop