File-It-Under: Trade show coverage By: D.F.Skinner
You know why I love Leveno? Because they make some of the best damn laptops around. That’s why when I seen images of the new Leveno ThinkPad Yoga displayed online from CES,I got full details and specs which led me to post a write on this site.
Aside from the design which I’ll get to in minute,it’s hardware that’s got my interest. It sports the new Intel Broadwell-U processor,specifically a Core i7 processor. Both the 14 and 15-inch models by default will have access to the Intel HD Graphics, as an option users can configure dedicated graphics from NVIDIA.
The 12 and 14-inch versions have storage options that include mechanical drives,SSHD and SSDs with storage capping out at 1TB for the spinning platters, 512GB for solid state ( non available on the Yoga 12), so yes we are looking at laptops with hybrid storage drives. The new ThinbkPad Yoga has then usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
The real deal breaker for me is its built-in speakers,which are stereo speakers but amazingly enough, on the 15-inch version you’ll have a 2 x 1w famed JBL speakers.The display though only capping at a 1920 x 1080 resolution, all models will an IPS panels with touchscreens.
The port options will include two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, ONE HDMI, and a SD card reader.
The ThinkPad Yoga laptops will ship with Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro ,with an option downgrade to Windows 7. About that price and availability? The starting price for the Yoga 12 will go for $999,while the Yoga 14 and 15 will go for $1,199. Availability will take place starting in February.
On a quick note: All versions of the ThinkPad Yoga will have its signature Lift and Lock keyboards.
On another quick note: There are various websites that are considering the new ThinkPad Yoga a tablet,but come we all know its a hybrid laptop/tablet.