An ultraportable, laptop/tablet hybrid with some great versatility where it matters, the Ideapad Yoga 11, barely fits that description. Being the world’s thinnest multimode laptop, it struggles when endowed with performing the tasks of either a laptop or a tablet, which sort of defeats the purpose of a hybrid.
When the Idea of a laptop/tablet Hybrid was first introduced, many manufacturers went after the idea of productivity with a bit of versatility. Um…not to say that its a bad investment, but there is definitely better.
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Once again, Lenovo has taken into priority that modern design is well, modern, and that if used correctly, can be extremely satisfying. Enter, the Thinkpad T413s ultrabook, which uses “graphite black”, a thin bezel, is 20.6mm thin, a polished trackpad, and a carbon fiber top with a magnesium exterior to make it look visually interesting while still meeting military-grade standards. On the inside though, it’s current-generation laptop parts: up to 12GB of RAM is nice (starting with just 4GB), typical Lenovo software with Windows 8, the comfortable isolated-style keyboard, a 14-inch 1600×900 matte screen, Intel HD graphics,and a dual-core 1.8GHz Core i5 processor (up to a 2.1GHz Core i7 is available).
Ports-wise, there’s a full-sized Ethernet and VGA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, and an SD card slot. A 720p HD webcam, optional backlit keyboard, a base 320GB hard drive, and hybrid as well as SSD-only options fill in the rest of the options when buying the T413s, starting at $950 starting in April.
Google has taken the initiative to build a high-end Chromebook laptop. The Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299 for a Wi-Fi model or $1,449 for LTE and more storage. (a full 1TB of Google Drive storage, per user, for three years) and ships in the first week April from Google Play or Best Buy — pre-orders start now.
The Chromebook Pixel is built by Lenovo using anodized aluminum, which contains a 2560×1700 resolution screen on a unqiue 3:2 aspect ratio — 18% more vertical space than the conventional 16:9 layout at 4.3 million pixels total, or 239 per inch (more than the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro’s 227 ppi). The screen is also built with Gorilla Glass and doubles as a touchscreen. A full-sized keyboard, an SD slot, 720p webcam, dual USB ports, a multitouch trackpad, and a trio of integrated mics for noise cancellation during video chats are your input options.
Processing power is provided by a Core i5 with a 32 or 64 GB internal SSD. Users can also purchase an unlimited day pass from Verizon for $10 alongside Google’s suite of web apps.
So, Google has officially rounded out their catalog of official gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 — and the new Chromebook Pixel.
Via: Google, Play Store
Lenovo has done some pretty great things with IBM’s ThinkPad brand ever since they purchased it in 2005, however Lenovo has mostly been known for its lower-end computers plus the mainstream laptops. The ThinkPad brand remains their only high-end market line of computers, so in an effort to be more efficient and better promote the brand against companies like Apple, Toshiba, and Samsung, they’re splitting the ThinkPad brand away from the Lenovo household.
To accomplish this, Lenovo will be split into two parts: Lenovo Business Group (LBG) and Think Business Group (TBG).
Effective from April 1st, LBG will be headed by Senior Vice President (Mobile Internet Digital Home) Liu Jun to focus on mainstream consumer and business desktops, laptops, and tablets, as well as smartphones and smart TVs. On the other side of the fence, TBG will be led by Senior Vice President (Product Group) Dr. Peter Hortensius to better establish the business-friendly Think brand in the consumer market, as well as continuing to stay ahead of the game in the global commercial business — a crucial point of its survival. Interesting plan, no doubt.
Via: Eng Chinese
After a week passed, sitting down in the middle of a forest, I was using the Lenovo U310 ultrabook and thought, “you know, it’s not the best laptop I’ve ever used, but for the price, it’s okay”. Now, I think about that thought and realize that the U310 has a design akin to another laptop, to the point where Lenovo’s creativity could be questioned, but that isn’t per say a reason to be hostile towards the U310.
It’s an inexpensive sub-$1000 — depending on the configuration — ultrabook, perfect for the back-to-school season, and it has a decent display, processor, and even 6 hour+ battery life. And for all of that, you get a decent package.
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Here’s what Lenovo has just announced: A 10-inch tablet running Windows 8 with an Intel Atom processor. It has a 1,366 x 768 IPS screen, a 10-hour battery life, optional 3G / 4G, micro-HDMI output and a pair of 2MP/8MP (front and back) cameras. Abroad, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have HSPA+, but in the US will be available on AT&T’s LTE network so you can use ultra-fast internet, almost anywhere. It also is 9.8mm thin, has NFC, with a fingerprint reader and a pen, both of which can are stored away on the tablet.
Accessories: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be sold alongside an optional keyboard, as well as a dock. The tablet also comes with three USB ports, HDMI-out and an Ethernet jack. It comes out in October; but as of now, there are no details relating to price. Press release on the post page.
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So, uh, what’s up Lenovo? Honeycomb tablets you say? Three of them launching later this year, eh? Alright, let’s take a look.
To start off, the Thinkpad Tablet is a business-oriented tablet which has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Gorilla Glass display, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), has a full-size SD card slot and a USB port, and can be bought with an optional digitizer pen. The 16GB and 32GB ThinkPad Tablets will be available on August 2nd for $479 and $589, respectively of course. The Ideapad Tablet K1 will be targeted at the regular consumer and is equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen (non-IPS), HDMI-out, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and a Netflix-sponsored app to boot. The 32GB IdeaPad Tablet P1 will be available on July 20th for $499.99; a 3G model is in the works, says Lenovo.
And last but not least (but the most lackluster of the bunch), the IdeaPad Tablet P1 runs Windows 7 and is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel processor. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Not like anyone will care for a Windows 7 tablet, but whatever. PR after the break.
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This is now one of my personal favorite laptops to hit the market in recent months: the Lenovo X1. Launching tomorrow starting at $1,399, you get a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass display with 1366×768 resolution, tough as nails construction which can survive several spills and falls, a fully-backlit keyboard, Intel’s WiDi 2.0, Dolby enhanced speakers, HD webcam, weighs 3.89 pounds, is .87 inches thin at its thickest point, and .67 at its thinnest. Processor options include a dual-core Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3.
Rapid Charge technology is also included, which recharges the battery to 80% in 30 minutes, has a great selection of ports, including a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA / USB combo sockets, 4-in-1 card reader, and finally a 38.4Wh battery which purportedly provide up to 5 hours of charge whilst a $150 slice 35.5Wh battery can be attached to the bottom to add another 5 of battery life.
The Lenovo X1 launches tomorrow at a starting price of $1,399. Press release after the jump.
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Just two days before Earth Day, Lenovo has released the new L series, aimed at being very, very eco-friendly. Starting striaght off the bat with specs — as always — an entry-level model starts at $649 and gets you a Celeron P4500 CPU, 160GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. You can upgrade the 14-inch L412 and 15-inch L512 with a Core i3 or Core i5 processor, ATI Radeon HD 5145 graphics, up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, a 500 GB HDD, has 4 USB ports, a 7-in-1 card reader, and purported battery life of up to 10 hours on a 6-cell battery. The only main drawbacks here are weight: 5.22 lbs is the L412 and the L512 adds an extra half pound on top of that. In the meantime, you can check out the gallery and press release, which is hiding somewhere after the cut.
Lenovo L Series Gallery
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It was an unfortunate and inevitable fate for Palm, makers of the Palm Pre and Pixi, as well as the graphically pleasing webOS platform. Bloomberg has reported that Palm has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to find partners, and interestingly HTC and Lenovo are interested — Dell said “meh”. But if HTC rally does buy Palm, could they nearly jump over the lawsuit they have with patent Apple? Palm was the maker of the “original smartphone”. That is to say they practically made the idea of a “do-everything” phone popular. Because of that, they have more patents than HTC could possibly imagine, or at least important software and hardware-related ones that could allow HTC to slip past by any of Apple’s offensives.
The Bloomberg also says that Lenovo might want to buy Palm, too, however most dibs are on HTC right now. As for the webOS platform, I have several reasons to think that it will not survive this buyout, and many features of it might simply get incorporated into Sense UI Android phones like the EVO 4G. In the meantime, only time can tell who buys Palm, Inc.