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Lenovo's new Yoga hybrids strike a lighter, sleeker pose

Agam Shah | Sept. 6, 2013
Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro and ThinkPad Yoga will ship on Oct. 18.

"Many corporate customers are still, for example, on XP and maybe migrating to Windows 7 right now. They are a little behind the curve, so we have to offer that upgrade," said Ashley Perry, a Lenovo official.

The new Yogas arrive in a PC market that is slumping as tablet and smartphone adoption grows. The reception to hybrids has also been poor partly because of high prices, but as prices drop, hybrid adoption will grow, Lenovo executives said.

The company is also offering the new Flex 15 laptop, which the company is positioning as a watered down version of the Yoga. The screen of the Flex 15 cannot fold all the way around to become a tablet, but it can be used in what Lenovo calls "tent" mode, which folds the laptop enough so it is easier to place on a table. The laptop will start at $629 with fourth-generation Core i3 processors. It will feature six hours of battery life, and have up to 1TB of storage.

 

 

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