Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 and swivels its screen to turn into a tablet

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, could this be the first one that makes people say 'wow!'?

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CES 2012: I'm trying not to get excited for Windows 8-based notebooks, or ultrabooks, until something comes out that makes me sit back and think "Wow". Well, I think I'm getting to that point with Lenovo's ultrabook, IdeaPad Yoga 13.

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 ultrabook, sports Ivy Bridge, Windows 8 and swivels its screen to turn into a tablet | TweakTown.com

Intel requires that all 13.3-inch (or smaller) ultrabooks to be, at most, 18mm thick. However, there is a provision that if the ultrabook has a touchscreen, it can be up to 20mm thick. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 sports a touchscreen, yet measures up at just 17mm thick. Yoga 13 does all of this without losing battery life, as Lenovo rates the Yoga good for over eight hours of use.

It doesn't just sport a touchscreen, it's an IPS panel to boot. The panel features very wide viewing angles that are perfect, as the Yoga's hinge allows the display to swing open 360-degrees and can convert itself into a tablet. Once the display spins beyond 180-degrees, the keyboard turns off and you can hold the unit and interact with it just like a tablet. Yoga 13 includes a soft-touch coating on the palm rest that ensures the system is easy to hold and won't slip or scratch if you place it on something in tablet mode.

Windows 8 won't be out until the end of the year, but early design thoughts from AnandTech say it looks extremely solid. The Yoga 13 will arrive with Ivy Bridge, and ships with a Samsung SSD. It goes a bit further by allowing the laptop to wake up the Wi-Fi interface and sync e-mail and Internet data, all while the laptop is getting some Zzz's. This could be the start of truly wonderful things for not just ultrabook's, but Windows 8, too.

NEWS SOURCE:anandtech.com

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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