If you liked the idea of Lenovo’s hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga, you’ll probably like the fact that it’s about to get thinner, smaller, and lighter.
The 17.2 mm thick, 3.08 pound hybrid tablet/ultrabook IdeaPad Yoga 11S is the same as its larger, 13” predecessor in design, with a hinge that allows you to fold the monitor back 360 degrees, enabling you to use the device as a tablet. That hinge is still reinforced, so you’ll be able to lock it in a number or different positions, like a tent or a presentation stand. As it is with just about any hybrid device, it’ll run Windows 8, and sport a 10-point multi-touch display.
The 16:9 IPS display will actually be 11.6”, and will be in 1366 x 768 resolution. The international version will be able to pack in as much as a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, but the United States version will be limited to the i5. Graphics will be supplied by Intel HD4000 graphics, which isn’t too shabby compared to previous iterations of Intel HD graphics processors. That’ll be backed up by as much as 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. The small, speedy Yoga will get a boost from 256 GB of SSD storage – enough to provide a good amount of storage, but little enough to prevent the Yoga 11S from becoming prohibitively expensive.
Audio comes from Dolby Home Theater v4, and the Yoga 11S will sport a 2-in-1 card reader (SD and MMS), one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, and HDMI out. There’s a 720p HD webcam, and battery life is being estimated at about six hours.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S will see a June release, and will start at about $800.