Lenovo chose IFA in Berlin this year to unveil their refresh of their entire slate of computers, led by the successor to the original Yoga. Coming soon, you can expect to see the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, ThinkPad Yoga, Flex 14, Flex 15, and Flex 20, and you might be surprised at just how attractive some of these are.
The original Yoga already drew a lot of acclaim for its 360 degree reinforced hinge, which let you use the notebook in tablet, tent, stand, and laptop modes. The Yoga 2 Pro is no different in that respect, but has some impressive upgrades elsewhere. The most notable is certainly the display – a 13.3” qHD+ touch display with 10-point multitouch, in 3200 x 1800 resolution with 350 nits of brightness. That’s four times the pixels of the display on the original Yoga, and will be the most impressive on the laptop market once the Yoga 2 hits stores. Otherwise, you’ll have a 4th generation Intel core processor, Intel HD graphics, up to a 512 SSD, 8 GB DDR3L, Intel WiDi (for wireless streaming to a TV), and Windows 8.1. There’s also a backlit keyboard, and the Yoga 2 is .61” thick and a little over three pounds, making it thinner and lighter than its predecessor. A 720p webcam and a battery life of about six hours round out the hard specs.
The ThinkPad Yoga is the Yoga directed at the working crowd. It’s a 12.5” notebook with the same 360-degree hinge, only in all black for a more professional look. The specific resolution on the display wasn’t mentioned by Lenovo, so it’s likely not as impressive as the one on the Yoga 2. But, it will be reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass. Otherwise, the differences between this and the Yoga 2 are the inclusion of NFC and the possibility of getting 1 TB worth of HDD storage (256 GB of SSD storage is also an option). It’s slightly heavier and thicker than the Yoga 2, but the battery life is better if you get an i7 processor – should last about eight hours.
The Flex 14 and 15 are 14.1” and 15.6” laptop models with 300-degree hinges, so they’re just good for the laptop and stand modes you see on the Yoga line. These are Haswell notebooks, but this time you will have the option of getting a discrete graphics card – the NVIDIA GeForce GT720M. You can get as much as 500 GB of HDD storage on the 14 and 1 TB of HDD storage on the 15, and both have 16 GB SSDs as options for faster boot-up times. Both will have 10-point multitouch, but, unlike the Yoga notebooks above, will not come with Windows 8.1 out of the box – just Windows 8. The basic models come with 720p displays, but 1080p displays are optional.
The Flex 20 is Lenovo’s new all-in-one computer, and comes with a lot of the features you find with the Horizon, Lenovo’s table PC. This one will also have Aura mode, which allows for multiple people to use the device for different purposes simultaneously. There will also be the same slate of board game accessories as comes with the Horizon, like joysticks and dice. It will run Windows 8, and will feature a 1600 x 900 resolution display. It will run on a 4th generation Intel core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, and will have 500 GB of storage either as a HDD or a hybrid SSHD with an 8 GB SSD cache.
So, when can you get your hands on them? In September, you’ll see the Flex 14, 15, and 20 in stores starting at $630 for the Flex 14/15 and $900 for the Flex 20. The Yoga 2 Pro will arrive in October for $1,100, while the ThinkPad Yoga will come in November for $950.