Lenovo has been having for a long time a line of hybrids between tablets and laptops in its portfolio, the latest member of the family being the costly ThinkPad 230t, but the company decided to take advantage of the imminent launch of Windows 8 to revive this class with a more affordable model: ThinkPad Twist.
As the already announced Toshiba Satellite U920t and U925t, the new ThinkPad model is very close to the specifications of an ultrabook, instead offering a convertible design that intends to offer comfort in duality mode. Unlike the first models from Toshiba, Lenovo preferred a rotating screen.
ThinkPad Twist offers a 12.5-inch screen, IPS panel with 350-nits brightness and 1366×768-pixel resolution, the hardware platform being the latest iteration of the Intel Core platform, Ivy Bridge. Configurations can climb up to the Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM, HDD storage capacity of 320 or 500GB or SSD with capacity of 128GB, two USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectors and Mini DisplayPort and Mini HDMI video outputs, with 3D module, optional.
Rotating screen allows you use the hybrid in three ways, as usual laptop, as tablet and as screen with stand. The weight of this model is 1.58 kg, is 20 mm thick and the battery promises autonomy of 7 hours.
Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is expected this month, along with the official launch of Windows 8. Configurations will have prices that will start from $849.
Lenovo is also preparing the launch of a new convertible Windows 8 tablet, which is to be launched at the same time with ThinkPad Twist.
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx follows a design concept firstly introduced by Asus with the Transformer tablets, which allow us to enjoy all the advantages of conventional tablets, equipped with normal keyboard and touchpad. As a bonus, we also have second auxiliary battery, which considerably extends the autonomy of the tablet.
In the case with thickness and weight comparable to a regular Android tablet, IdeaTab Lynx is powered by an Intel Atom SoC processor in the family Cloverview, dual-core model at 1.8 GHz with HyperThreading technology, which simulates the functionality of a quad-core processor. Tablet configuration also includes an 11.6-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, 2GB RAM and 32 or 64GB SSD, depending on the version.
Unlike ultrabooks, IdeaTab Lynx replaces aluminum trim polished with plastic surfaces, but compensates with a reasonable price – $599 – plus another $149 for the optional keyboard.