Lenovo tweeted last week on the upcoming new tablet/laptop hybrid called the IdeaPad Yoga and also said “It won’t be long now.” The device was first showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in January but is still to hit the market because of the late Windows 8 release.
The new hybrid tablet has one of a kind design that has not much been adopted in the past but because of the dual nature of upcoming Windows 8 from Microsoft, the public is likely to see an array of new and innovative designs from a number of PC makers.
Lenovo is not the first technology company to release a hybrid. At the recent IFA show in Berlin, Germany, Samsung also showed off its tablet PC and a hybrid laptop/tablet to the world. Toshiba has also officially launched its tablet called the Satellite U925t, which uses a very unique design, inspired by slider cellphones.
The Chinese company said earlier this year that it will be taking on the tablet market in a different way but it seems that it is everyone’s approach. However, the new Yoga is a good device, if the company has kept the same design and quality shown at CES 2012, or made it better.
The Yoga has the basic laptop design but the screen folds 360 degrees to adjust back to back with the cradle to become a tablet though it will be quite thick to be a tablet.
Under the hood is an ARM processor and Windows RT, the limited version of the operating system to run on trim-level tablets, running on it. There are USB, HDMI, WIFI, Bluetooth and power jack on the cradle.
The company will not release the tablet until Microsoft officially releases Windows 8 on October 26. The price of the device will also be revealed at the time of the launch but the general consensus is that it will not be cheaper than $700.