Lenovo Means Serious Business with the new ThinkPad Yoga 12 & More

Windows users in search of a durable notebook that can also double as an entertainment tablet will have three new options from Lenovo to choose from soon. At CES 2015 Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad Yoga 12, ThinkPad Yoga 14 and ThinkPad Yoga 15. All three are designed with productivity in mind and all three offer a glimpse at what happens when device makers embrace new ideas.

The ThinkPad Yoga range will start at $999 and be available beginning this February. The Yoga name across Lenovo’s family of products indicates which devices have screens that fold down on themselves for different modes. Each of the machines announced today include Intel’s 5th generation Core processors. As such, users can expect better battery life than if they were still using last year’s fourth generation Intel Core processors. Each new ThinkPad Yoga includes two USB ports, a media card reader and a built-in microphone.

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The ThinkPad Yoga 12 will cost $999 and offer users a 12.5-inch display with touch technology. A 12.5-inch display IPS display with antiglare and touch will also be available for the ThinkPad Yoga 12 as an option. A 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor is inside the ThinkPad Yoga 12. So too are integrated graphics, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. There’s also 2 USB ports, mini HDMi out, a 4-in-1 media card reader stereo speakers, a 720P font-facing camera and a digitizer for Pen support. The ThinkPad Yoga 12 weighs 3.48 pounds.

The ThinkPad Yoga 14 picks up some extras. Every ThinkPad Yoga 14 includes an FHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Touch is included along with antiglare protection just like the high-end screen from the ThinkPad Yoga 12. It weighs 4.1 pounds. The active digitizer is here too along with the 500GB base storage option and a base Intel Core i5 processor. Users can upgrade to The Intel Core i7 or add a discrete graphics card for better performance when gaming and creating media. The ThinkPad Yoga 14 starts at $1199. It’s heavier and wider, but is a comfortable middle ground between being portable and having extra horse power.

The ThinkPad Yoga 15 includes a 15.6-inch display with antiglare, touch and a resolution of about 1080p. The same processor options are available along with the NVidia graphics. The keyboard for the ThinkPad Yoga 15 includes a number pad on the right. Again, the 5th Generation Intel Core processors are at play here, offering better battery life. The ThinkPad Yoga 15 has 12GB and 16GB options. It also boasts 2 JBL speakers for better audio. AT CES 2014 Intel announced RealSense technology for gesture gaming and interacting with your notebook without touching it. It’s not available by default, but it is an option on the ThinkPad Yoga 15. That extra keypad and bigger screen have their disadvantages. It’ll weigh 5.07 pounds. That’s a lot more than the ThinkPad Yoga 12.

Being business notebooks, Lenovo has been careful to strike a balance to offering a modern Windows experience and giving business owners and professionals options. ThinkPad Yoga 12, ThinkPad Pad Yoga 14 and ThinkPad Yoga 15 buyers have the option of downgrading to Windows 7 Pro instead of using Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

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