This is what I have been waiting for!.
LAS VEGAS — Lenovo has announced its latest play in the ultrabook space: the IdeaPad Yoga, a thin, full-featured notebook with a funky hinge that lets you fold the screen all they way around, turning the device into a tablet.
Lenovo says the Yoga will be available during the second half of 2012 with a starting price of $1,200.
As an ultrabook, it’s stylish — there’s a leather palm rest, leather trim, and the typical Lenovo chicklet-style keyboard. To convert into a tablet, the Yoga uses a two-point hinge. You can either fold the screen into “tent” or “easel” configurations, so that it functions much like a traditional tablet propped up by a stand, or you can fold the lid all the way around and hold it like a normal tablet — albeit one thicker, heavier and larger than the tablets you’re used to.
When you flip it around into a tablet, the Windows 8 desktop switches to the Metro UI. Volume buttons are on the sides of the device so they’re easy to reach in any of the touchscreen modes.
The ultra-tablet-hybrid-book-thing joins several other like-minded Lenovo devices announced at the Consumer Electronics Show taking place here this week. On Sunday, the company showed off a pair of low-priced ultrabooks, the IdeaPad U310 and U410, and the IdeaPad S2, an Android-powered tablet with a keyboard dock that converts it into something very close to a laptop.
We’ll have hands-on photos and videos with the IdeaPad Yoga in the coming days.