Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

In addition to a number of new laptops, smartphones, and a TV, Lenovo announced the IdeaPad Yoga Ultrabook . This new multi-mode notebook meets the specifications for an ultrabook and also has a 360-degree flip-and-fold design, this ultrabook also meets the 10-finger touch requirement.

"It is clear to us that consumers want their four screens: mobile devices, tablets, notebooks and smart TVs and they want them to work together seamlessly, anytime, anywhere. Whether a notebook that bends and folds, or an all-in-one that puts the 'wide' into wide-angle, today's announcements reflect our focus on delivering the inspirational innovations that consumers are looking for," said Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo. "The IdeaPad YOGA multi-mode notebook redefines the convergence and convertible user experience by bringing together the best of traditional PCs, with the best of tablets and more.

The new IdeaPad Yoga, which sports clever hinges that allow the 13-inch display to be pushed all the way around so that the top cover touches the bottom side of the laptop. That puts your 17mm thick Ultrabook into ten-finger touch tablet territory — and disables the keyboard and touchpad, in case you were worried how you’d grip the Yoga without accidentally inputting gibberish into text windows.

What’s really cool about this ultrabook is the number of positions it supports thanks to its dual-hinge flip design. Not only can you use the IdeaPad Yoga in traditional notebook form, but you can also open the display to full tablet mode or use the IdeaPad Yoga in stand or tent mode.

As for those in-between uses, Lenovo demonstrates a pair. First up is “tent mode” where the Yoga is folded back with the screen at a 30-ish degree angle to the keyboard — perfect for desktop touchscreen use. The other is “stand mode,” where the screen lines up perpendicular to the keyboard and faces away from it — which would be handy for lunchtime presentations.

Even at just 17mm thick and three pounds, the Yoga packs plenty of harware muscle. That ten-point multitouch display pumps out 1600×900 pixels, and second-gen Intel Core processors, up to 8GB of RAM, and SSDs up to 256GB make this a machine that’s flexible enough to handle a wide variety of tasks and not merely positions.