SAN FRANCISCO—Lenovo Group Ltd. Tuesday (Oct. 9) launched a family of Windows laptop-tablet hybrids that the PC vendor hopes will address the needs of both businesses and consumers.
The devices, which run
either Windows 8 or Windows RT and support touchscreen, are the latest attempt by a PC OEM to bring out devices with new form factors and usage models to suit
consumers' increasing preference for computers that are more convenient and
flexible than traditional PCs. The hybrids designed to convert from a
laptop to a tablet in order to let users take advantage of two usage
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"We think these innovative convertibles are the best devices for a groundbreaking touchscreen experience, plus their multi-modes give people even more ways to use their PC," said Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo's product group, in a statement.
Lenovo's latest hybrids will be available in stores this month, with prices starting at between $549 and $1,099.
Lenovo says the ThinkPad Twist offers nearly all-day battery life and tablet-like quick resume from standby.
The new offerings include a new incarnation of the venerable ThinkPad brand, the ThinkPad Twist. The Twist features a 12.5-inch screen, a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and an optional solid-state drive featuring either 500 GB or 128 GB of storage.
Lenovo also plans to debut this month the ThinkPad Tablet 2, designed for Windows 8 and powered by an Intel processor.
Other new models brought out by Lenovo Tuesday include the IdeaPad Yoga 13, billed as one of the first multi-mode Ultrabooks, featuring a 16.9-mm frame, 13-inch screen, Windows 8, a third-generation Intel Core processor and promising eight hours of battery life. Another model, the Yoga 11, offers an 11-6-inch screen, 15.6-inch frame, Windows RT and Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
The final new model unveiled Tuesday, the IdeaTab Lynx, is among the first Windows 8 tablets to offer Intel's latest dual-core Atom processor. The device boasts up to 16 hours of battery life.