Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty
Windows 8 wonder priced up
Lenovo today heralded the UK arrival of the IdeaPad Yoga - an Ultrabook with a display that folds right round to turn the machine into a tablet.
The 1.5kg machine sports a 13in, 1600 x 900 IPS LCD touchscreen to match that of the Toshiba Excite 13. But it's a chunky 17mm thick - average for an Ultrabook, bulky for a tablet.
There's a 54Wh battery on board and it'll come with Intel Ivy Bridge chippery. It'll run Windows 8.
It'll cost from £1200 over here. No word on a ship date just yet. ®
Having keys on the back would make an awful tablet experience. Even if locked out it would feel bad resting the weight of a tablet on the keys.
Was interested until I saw the OS. Epic fail is epic.
Just needs to be able to spin things around to cover the keys in tablet mode and we're back to Microsoft's tablet-pc form factor.
MS learns nothing
Same old MS mentality - everything is Windows. Want a laptop? You need Windows. Want a desktop? You need Windows. Want a phone? You need Windows. Want a tablet? Well... you get the idea. It's a well-worn marketing strategy - leverage your brand name into other markets - but it's already a proven failure in this case. Hasn't the last decade of MS tablet devices proven beyond all shadow of doubt that hybrid devices are expensive, weaker than devices dedicated to a specific task, and not particularly popular? But here we go again - another hybrid. And, as before, it's expensive and not outstanding in any category. You could buy an iPad *and* a MacBook Air for that money. Yes, they'll sell a few, just like they sold a few of the other devices over the years. But I think this "everything is Windows" mentality has put MS on a long, slippery slide (alongside some other big tech companies of late).
Well Dave, thats all well and good, but where I live broadband is barely faster than two cans and a piece of string. I looked into using the cloud for backing up my photos etc, but unless I move it's completely impractical. Have you ever tried backing up 500 gig at 15mb per second?