Lenovo announced new additions to its multimode PC lines with the MIIX 2, a detachable three-mode laptop; the YOGA 2, an update to the convertible laptop with four unique modes; and the Flex 14D and 15D, value-priced dual-mode convertible laptops for consumers.
The 10-inch and 11-inch models of the MIIX 2 feature a detachable design that incorporats Laptop, Stand and Tablet Modes. The YOGA 2 continues to deliver the original YOGA laptop’s unique 360° flip and fold design but now with more advanced specifications and at mainstream prices. Based on the original Flex convertible laptops, the new Flex 14D and 15D give users the same Laptop and Stand modes but now with up to AMD A6 quad core processor technology and AMD Radeon graphics.
MIIX 2: Detachable, Convertible, or Both?
The new Lenovo MIIX 2 gives people a different take on multimode computing with a detachable design. MIIX 2 gives users the option to take only the touchscreen tablet when they’re on the go, and then connect back to the base for a full Windows 8.1 laptop. Not only that, but users can flip the screen 180 degrees and insert it into the keyboard to use the “Stand Mode” to watch movies or view a presentation.
The 10-inch MIIX 2 features industry-leading thinness at just 0.36-in and weighing just 1.3lbs. Running the new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor and Windows 8.1, it also features a FHD 1920×1200 10-finger touchscreen display, Wi-Fi with optional 3G, JBL surround speakers, and up to 128GB of eMMC storage along with a micro SD slot for adding up to 32 GB of music, movies, photos and other data. Users can capture video or stills with its 720p high resolution 2 MP front and 5 MP rear cameras. Lenovo also promises the MIIX 2 will deliver all day battery life so users can work and play longer on one charge.
The slightly larger 11-inch model focuses on delivering a higher level of performance with its up to 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, greater storage up to 256GB of fast solid state drive storage and a FHD 1920×1200 IPS wide-view display. The MIIX 11-inch also comes equipped with many of the same leading features of the smaller 10-in model starting with Windows 8.1 with 10-finger touch support, Wi-Fi and optional 3G, JBL speakers, high resolution front and rear cameras and long battery life for all day computing.
YOGA, the convertible laptop line that established Lenovo’s idea for “multimode computing,” evolves into the consumer-friendly YOGA 2, giving users multimode functionality at a more affordable price starting at $529 for the 11-inch model. YOGA 2 also gets smarter with more apps for YOGA Picks, Lenovo’s unique concierge-like service that recommends specific apps based on YOGA 2’s mode.
The 11-inch model measures just 0.67-in thin, weighs 2.9lbs and features up to the new quad-core Intel Pentium processors for quick performance. Users can store lots of personal media files including photos, movies and games with its 500 GB capacity HDD.
The larger, 3-inch model is 0.68-in thin, weighs 3.5lbs and features up to 4th generation Intel Core i5 processors, a backlit keyboard as well as a Full HD (1920×1080) display. It also offers up to 500 GB HDD or SSHD. For the YOGA 2, Lenovo offers a portfolio of integrated services solutions including warranty extensions, warranty upgrades, accident damage protection and premium technical support.
The new Flex 14D and 15D convertible laptops further expand Lenovo’s multimode convertible laptop selection by providing extreme value for the performance with up to AMD A6 quad core processors and AMD Radeon graphics. The Flex 14D and 15D offer consumers two great modes — Laptop and Stand — in one device. They serve as full performance laptops when needed, or with a 180° flip, they turn into a fun way to watch a movie or slideshow without a keyboard in your way. The new Flex notebooks feature Dolby Advanced Audio v2 and all day battery life.
Pricing and Availability
Models of the Lenovo MIIX 2 convertible laptop start at $499 for the 10-inch model and $699 for the 11-inch model. The 10-inch model will be available beginning in March. The 11-inch model will be available starting in April. They will be sold via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
Models of the YOGA 2 13-inch start at $999 and are available beginning in February at Best Buy, Best Buy Canada, Future Shop and www.lenovo.com.
Models of the YOGA 2 11-inch start at $529 and are available beginning in late January at Best Buy, Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, and www.lenovo.com.
Both models of the Flex14D and 15D start at $499 and are available beginning December 2013 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.