Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Convertible for SMB Announced

Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad Twist, a convertible notebook for small businesses, at an event in New York this evening. The convertible notebook PC meets Ultrabook standards and offers the flexibility of keyboard and tablet computing in a single device.

The ThinkPad Twist features a single hinge that rotates and folds the display’s back onto the keyboard for tablet mode, just like we expect from traditional Tablet PCs, such as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X-series tablets. While the design works, it’s a bit tired and one that Lenovo appears to be moving away from as evidenced by the IdeaPad Yoga 11 and Yoga 13.

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Weighing in at 3.48 pounds, the ThinkPad Twist is reasonably light for a 12.5″ notebook and measures 20mm thick. The display is nice and bright (350 nit) and is protected by anti-smudge coated Gorilla Glass.

The ThinkPad Twist can be configured with either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive or 128GB SSD. The SSD is the way to go for optimum performance. The computer accommodates up to 8GB of memory. Lenovo will offer a range of processor options with the ThinkPad Twist, ranging up to Intel’s Core i7 series.

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The convertible notebook has plenty of ports including  a memory card slot, dual USB 3.0 ports, mini-HDMI, mini-DisplayPort and Ethernet. Dolby Home Theater 4, dual microphones and a 720p camera are a few of the creature comforts that come standard.

Lenovo’s small business computers come with Lenovo Solution Center for Small Business and Trusted Platform Module.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist starts at $849 and will be available once Microsoft gets around to releasing Windows 8 on October 26.

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