There weren’t too many tablets on display at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – but at least there were some innovative twists on the form factor.
If 2011 was the year of the tablet, 2012 might be the year of the ultrabook.
At least this is the sentiment from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where every major computer manufacturer showed off its super thin ultrabooks this past week — compared to last year’s heavy focus on tablets.
But those looking for a cross between the two form factors would appreciate Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga, a prototype hybrid that can transform between four different usage modes: Open it like a laptop to type, fold back the keyboard on the dual-hinge to use it like a tablet or prop it up as a stand or “tent” to watch a video, perhaps (see photos below).
We’ve seen “convertible PCs” in the past, sure, but this is one of the most versatile ones to date.
Powered by an early version of Windows 8, the 13.3-inch, 3.1-pound Yoga does feel a little odd with the folded keyboard under your fingertips – maybe it’s just a matter of getting used to it – but at least you won’t have to worry about accidentally typing as the keyboard is deactivated in this mode.
Lenovo says the Yoga should be out in the second half of the year, starting at $1,199. But before you start saving, remember many CES products never make it to retail at all – such as last year’s impressive IdeaPad U1 Hybrid.