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Lenovo Yoga: A Bendable Windows 8 Ultrabook

(Las Vegas)  One of Lenovo’s CES 2012 announcements is a new Ultrabook called “Yoga” which converts from a laptop to a tablet simply by folding the screen back. In that position the keyboard (which is automatically disabled when the keyboard is bent back) becomes the bottom of the unit.  The device, according to Lenovo’s Stephen Miller is “the world’s first multiposition laptop.”

The device will run Windows 8 and will not be available until Microsoftreleases the upcoming operating system, likely this fall.  There isn’t a Windows 7 version.

The notebook is 17 millimeters thick, which in within Intel‘s specifications for standard Ultrabooks. It’s also touch-screen device which Miller calls “10 finger multitouch.” Each of your fingers could be used to play a separate note on a piano keyboard, for example.

Yoga in "tent" position (Photo by Larry Magid)There is nothing new about laptops that convert to tablets but most are designed to swivel.  This one bends.

The cover is solid aluminum and the area around the palm rests has a “textured leather feel.” It’s not real leather, but it feels like it is.

Yoga is one of several products Lenovo announced at the show. The company also showed off its A720, a unique touch-screen desktop machine that also folds back so that it’s screen can be used in a table top positon, which can be handy for some board-like games. That PC, which runs Windows 7, will be available mid-year for about $1,300.

Listen to Larry’s podcast interview about Yoga with Lenovo’s Stephen Miller.

Click here for video of Stephen Miller demonstrating Yoga (apologies for the faint audio)

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