Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga pictures and hands-on

Lenovo's Windows 8 line-up is definitely different. The new IdeaPad Yoga works like an Ultrabook and tablet combo, folding in all sorts of clever ways so you can use it in either form.

Open the Yoga up and it looks exactly like any other Ultrabook: the difference is that the screen keeps on going, letting you fold the laptop back on itself. The result is something that looks like a tablet from the front, but has a keyboard on the back. Thankfully Lenovo has set up to Yoga so, once in tablet mode, the keyboard doesn't work, stopping any accidental touches.

 

You can also fold the Yoga so the keyboard acts like a stand for it in tablet mode, another handy feature. It is naturally touch screen, with the 13-inch version shipping with a 1600 x 900 IPS display, which is especially good-looking, from what we saw. 

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Inside the 13-incher is a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge processors, going all the way up to i7. Then there is a choice of either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a range of SSD storage going up to 256GB.

Connectivity-wise, there is one USB 2.0 slot and one USB 3.0 connector, a headphone socket, a 3-in-1 card reader and finally a HDMI out. The laptop also has a 1-megapixel HD front facing camera for video calls. 

We noticed the Yoga was also pretty light, weighing 1.54Kg. It is also fairly compact despite the folding screen, being 333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9mm in size. As for colour choices, we aren't massively sure about the orange, but the silver version definitely looks good.

The matte black plastic effect on the keyboard is also great. The trackpad, touch screen and keyboard all did a good job of interacting with Windows 8 and we couldn't notice much wrong with any of them. 

The Yoga also comes in an 11-inch form, with a Tegra 3 chip inside running on Windows RT. In this size, it seemed like a much better user experience, folding the laptop over into its respective shapes. Tablet mode especially was much beter, as 13-inch is just too big for a tablet. 

The screen on the 11-inch is 1366 x 768, but not IPS - a shame, really, as the 13-inch model looks so good. Other than that, everything is pretty much the same, minus the USB 3.0. The laptop is also lighter a 1.27Kg and smaller in size at 298 x 204 x 15.6mm.

From our time with both of the Yoga laptops, we think the 11-inch feels like the one to go for. Unfortunately it lacks the grunt of the Ivy Bridge processors found in its bigger brother, but playing with both, for day to day Windows activity, neither felt slow. 

The smaller Yoga is due in late November for £699, the bigger 13-inch version will start at £999 and be released in early November.