Lenovo Yoga Tablet To Ship In Two Editions: Windows 8 and Windows RT

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News Posted: Sun, Aug 12 2012 12:38 PM
Outside of Microsoft's own Surface, Lenovo's transforming Yoga device may be the most interesting Windows 8 portable to surface. It's a convertible laptop/tablet hybrid that aims to be everything to everyone who may be considering either form factor, but according to ABC News, it may end up arriving with more than one operating system. The Yoga is "officially" scheduled to ship with Windows 8 -- as in, the full Windows 8 that will also ship on the ThinkPad Tablet 2.

It's expected to ship alongside Windows 8 in late October, but the new nugget is that there will be two versions of the Yoga. One will have an Intel processor, and that one will run the full edition of Win8. The other will use an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra processor, and that one will run Windows RT. Reportedly, the ARM-based unit will have "double the battery life of the Intel version," which could make it highly attractive for road warriors and those who can't ever seen to find enough wall outlets.


Of course, it may be tricky for Lenovo to explain to consumers which system is best for them. While Windows on ARM sounds great in theory, having two different operating systems with different capability levels may lead to confusion.
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pwrntspd replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 2:26 PM

Good to know that not everyone has backed out of making windows 8 tablets after microsoft surface was announced. Im starting to get excited just because it doesnt look like the tablet has reached its ultimate form, its still evolving. Guess we'll see what happens in october.

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Erakith replied on Sun, Aug 12 2012 3:46 PM

Can the Yoga do a 270 degree rotation? That is AWESOME. It seems like the next logical progression from tablets with integrated keyboards. The ASUS transformer prime is the only tablet that has successfully grabbed my attention, as I'm a desktop power user, and therefore tablets are way to limiting for me.

I hope Windows 8 can change that. It would be nice to be able to test parts on one rig and write on a SFF machine. 

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I bet the the yoga can do the downward dog.... lenovo is one of the best company for laptops. But in my opinion if you are going to get a product might aswell get the full version. Battery life is good for lowend users but for higher end it doesnt mean that much. In my opinion at least

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 7:18 AM

So which one do you want: The one that cost an arm + leg and has horrible battery life, or the one that doesn't have support for native apps?

>> Reportedly, the ARM-based unit will have "double the battery life of the Intel version,"

And that double battery life is probably still below that of the competition.

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mhenriday replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 10:38 AM

I'd like to suggest to Lenovo that the company considers a third operating system, viz, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. In my experience - I have been running dual/triple boots for years, most recently with Win7 Pro and Ubuntu 12.04 - the latter is far more agile and adroit than the former and demands much less of the hardware. For users who do not need extremely specialised programmes, many of which are unfortunately available only for Windows, the programmes readily available in the Ubuntu repositories or which can easily be downloaded from the web more than suffice ; to take just one example, LibreOffice provides me with more services and is easier to use than MS Office 2010. I doubt, however, that Lenovo is going to take my reflections into account when making their marketing decisions....

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JDiaz replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 3:48 AM

You mean legacy apps, because RT will run native apps. It's something like Chrome that doesn't generally run native apps.

While run time remains to be seen but it really only needs to be in the same range to compete there.

Also, on x86, the upcoming Clover Trail is a SoC and based on the same kind of power efficiency enhancements that they implemented for Medfield. So should provide very close to ARM run time.

While we're less than a full year away from the next gen ATOMs and Intel Haswell, which promises to improve power efficiency by up to 50%, up to 3x the 3D performance, and up to 10% better CPU performance than the present Ivy Bridge. Along with some solutions from AMD, like their upcoming Tamesh that promises to be a SoC 2W TDP solution that should get them into tablets as well.

So we may not have to wait too long before those run times start improving...

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