Lenovo announces their first PC designed for Windows 8. The ultrabook, called the IdeaPad YOGA, will ship alongside Windows 8, featuring the ability to change between four discreet modes of form-factor.
The device will use an unspecified processor (ARM or x86 wasn’t specified), but judging by its design and “ultrabook” phrasing, the device is likely powered using a ULV Core i5 processor. The key to the YOGA however is, as its name implies, its ability to rotate around into four form-factors.
The device supports laptop, tablet, “stand” and “tent” positions, powered by a 13.3-inch touch screen that features ten points of articulation. It also will be capable of running for up to eight hours on a single charge.
Lenovo claims that Windows 8 will be essential to launching the product, and that it will launch simultaneously with Windows 8. While it is unlikely that an ARM CPU would be utilized, the only major difference from Windows 8, this is likely more an exercise in marketing. The IdeaPad YOGA right now would likely cost too much to manufacturer, and sell at an attractive price-point.
By waiting for Intel’s ultrabook, as well multi-touch IPS panel costs to drop, Lenovo can claim that Windows 8 is the impediment, rather than hardware costs that fail to compete with rivals like Apple.
Microsoft benefits too here, as it will have a compelling launch lineup for Windows 8, with diverse form-factors from each manufacturer. Rivals such as HP have also announced they will be launching Windows 8 tablets, powered by ARM processors. The company is currently using an HP TouchPad tablet as a test mule for their rival product design.