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Flashback: The Lenovo Yoga Before it Became the IdeaPad Yoga



The IdeaPad Yoga is one of the hottest products at CES 2012, thanks to an innovative form factor and dual hinge design that lets you convert form an Ultrabook to a tablet in a mater of seconds.

The IdeaPad Yoga looks great, and feel pretty amazing in your hand, but this isn’t the first time we have seen this double hinge design. Lenovo shared that they have had this idea patented for quite some time, and we dug up a first look at the Lenovo Yoga from back in 2009.

As you can see in the image below, the original Lenovo Yoga used the same dual hinge design, but it was much smaller, like many of the early tablet and netbook concepts which were coming out around this time.

Original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

The IdeaPad Yoga back in 2009.

I’m glad to see that the new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga has matured and become a device that supports a more realistic use case scenario. With all the benefits of an Ultrabook, and a touchscreen that can be used as real tablet with Windows 8. You can see a video demo of the IdeaPad Yoga below, where Xavier Lanier shows off the flip feature and touchscreen on the IdeaPad Yoga.

I would be interested in seeing a smaller IdeaPad Yoga, which would feel more natural in my hands while in the tablet mode.

What do you think about the dual hinge design? It’s impressive to see and feel in person.



  1. DNel

    01/11/2012 at 4:34 pm

    I wouldn’t call it “a real tablet with Windows 8” unless it had a dual digitizer. Having only a touch digitizer makes it “almost” a real tablet in my definition of a tablet computer which has to have the ability to take active ink notes in OneNote, Journal, Office, etc.

    • K. T. Bradford

      01/17/2012 at 1:46 pm

      that would add a lot of cost, though I can see the appeal. What I’d like most is for capacitive stylii to get better and more accurate so you don’t need an active digitizer.

      For myself, I’m fine with capacitive, but I know some people like to be very, very precise.

  2. Mat

    01/12/2012 at 5:52 am

    Take a look to the concept of lenovo yoga from 2007 winner of the Red Dot Award. Covered in leather and very very similar to the shown in CES 2012.

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