As we’ll soon see the release of Windows 8, the hardware partners are getting in line with laptops and tablets sporting the OS, and as the second largest PC manufacturer in the world, Lenovo isn’t resting on its laurels.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Twist
Here’s a blast from the past: the nicely named ThinkPad Edge Twist harkens back to Lenovo’s earlier convertibles like the ThinkPad X22. The Twist is a proper convertible laptop rather than being a hybrid tablet with a keyboard dock.
This means you swivel the screen around and fold it back onto the keyboard to make the Twist a ‘tablet’. The disadvantage that you can’t remove the keyboard to make for a lighter device for couch-surfing or the like is negated a little by the extra flexibility of display placement.
Specs-wise the ThinkPad Edge Twist doesn’t pull any punches, with a choice of full-fat Intel Core i processors up to a top-end Core i7 backed by up to 8GB of RAM. For storage there’s a choice of a 128GB SSD or 500GB hybrid hard drive. Naturally, Windows 8 Pro rather than vanilla Windows 8 is an option for the OS.
Its twistable 12.5-inch IPS screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, though Lenovo did not reveal its resolution. We’re hoping for something a little higher than the bog-standard 1,366 x 768 – maybe 1,600 x 900 like the Yoga or even Full HD.
There are some premium business touches like the ThinkPad Edge Twist’s enforced aluminium frame, TPM and other hardware security.
It has what is described as “all-day battery life” (we’re guessing eight hours or thereabouts) and connectivity is also strong with DisplayPort and miniHDMI along with USB 3.0. Optional 3G/4G is also in the mix.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Twist will be available mid-November with prices starting at £809 excluding VAT.
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx
This is a consumer hybrid tablet, almost like a larger Windows 8 version of the Lenovo IdeaTab s2210.
Like most affordable hybrids, the 11.6-inch Lynx is based on a ‘Clovertrail’ Atom CPU backed by 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of SSD storage.
Again there is no resolution for the 11.6-inch, 400nits IPS screen, but we’re assuming it will be 1,366 x 768 in line with rivals.
There’s the usual selection of ports including USB, microSD and microHDMI, with the keyboard base adding extra ports as well doubling the tablet’s 8-hour battery life for a whopping 16 hours.
Pricing and availability for the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx have yet to be announced, but if you live in the US you’ll be able to get it in December for $750 including keyboard dock ($600 without).
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
We’ve already met the IdeaPad Yoga 13, a convertible 13-inch tablet/laptop whose keyboard folds around to become the tablet’s ‘rear’, with the famous Lenovo keyboard quality, excellent connectivity, and a 1,600 x 900 IPS screen.
You’ll be able to get your eager mitts on one early November for £999, which is in line with Ultrabook pricing for far less capable machines and can thus be considered a bit of a bargain.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 - a versatile business-oriented tablet with a Wacom pen and 10-hour battery life - will see our shores towards the end of December, starting at a mere £415 (though that’s excluding VAT).