The Yoga line of tablets and laptops gets refreshed, as per the announcement by Lenovo at the CES in Las Vegas. The Yoga products consist of the ThinkPad Yoga, two Yoga 3 laptops, and the Yoga Tablet 2.
Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen
The Yoga Tablet 2 is an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with an HD (1920 x 1080) IPS screen. It has an Intel Atom quad-core processor (1.86 GHz), 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It weighs in at 0.94 pounds and dimensions of 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1 inches. It features battery life of 15 hours.
The new Yoga has a strange feature not seen on any other tablet. The AnyPen Technology, as Lenovo calls it, allows writing on the screen. The strange part is that the technology doesn't work with a typical stylus, you must use a traditional pencil or ballpoint pen for the conductive display to register.
If it sounds odd that you must mark on the screen to get digital input, you're not alone. Lenovo claims this is more precise and thus better than using your finger to write on the display.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 will be available in January 2015 starting at $299.
The ThinkPad Yoga comes in three sizes and is aimed at the enterprise. All of the display options, 12.5, 14, and 15.6 inches, have a touch option for taking advangate of Windows 8.1.
All of the ThinkPad Yoga laptops are configurable with up to 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD for storage. Up to 8GB of memory is available to handle enterprise needs. Processor options include Intel Core i5 and i7 (fifth generation). The two largest ThinkPad Yogas are available with discrete Nvidia graphics.
There is a 3D camera option on the 15-inch ThinkPad Yoga that allow making 3D scans of objects for 3D printing.
The ThinkPad Yoga laptops will be available in February 2015 starting at $999, $1,199, and $1,199 for the 12, 14, and 15-inch models.
The Yoga 3 has two different sizes, 11.6 and 14 inches. The displays on both models have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and the screens rotate 360 degrees for use as a laptop and tablet. You can also stand the laptop in an inverted "V" for activities such as watching video.
The Yoga 3 11 has an Intel Core M processor, which the 14-inch model comes with either a Core i5 or i7. Both are configurable with up to 8GB of memory and from 128GB to 500GB SSD storage. The Yoga 3 11 and Yoga 3 14 weigh 2.4 and 3.5 pounds, respectively.
The Yoga 3 11 and Yoga 3 14 will be available in March 2015 starting at $799 and $979.