EDITOR'S NOTE: This item was buried in the previous release with the AnyPen lead, so I decided to run it as a separate news item. It's possible that the ActivePen mentioned will be Wacom's new Active Electrostatic technology or N-Trig, Synaptics or something else altogether. If the supplier is announced, I'll update this post. Otherwise we may need to wait until next month when the new Thinkpad Yoga models are expected to be available.
ThinkPad YOGA – Readying Professionals with Power of Two New Innovations
Lenovo created the new ThinkPad YOGA 12-in, 14-in and new 15-in convertibles to meet the needs of businesses and pro-sumers, striking the right balance between productivity and a great PC for personal use. Built for small office, home office and students, the ThinkPad YOGA gives users mobile flexibility featuring the new ActivePen technology in select models along with elegant design and business-optimized features including an optional Intel RealSense 3D camera on the ThinkPad YOGA 15.
Select ThinkPad YOGA models feature an optional ActivePen for convenient, accurate and precise handwriting. Ideal for productivity tasks like taking notes, sending emails or creating presentations, ActivePen closely mimicks a user’s actual handwriting on paper. The YOGA 12 continues to offer a digitizer/pen option that provides an internal garage for the pen. ThinkPad is creating an innovative hardware and software pen experience, regardless of pen technology.
With four modes and all day battery life, users can digitally write or enjoy any of the ThinkPad YOGA’s modes: type or write in Laptop mode, take class notes in Tablet mode, present to colleagues in Stand mode or just relax by watching a movie in Tent mode. And the convertible’s Lift n’ Lock keyboard makes switching between Laptop and Tablet modes trouble-free without keys getting stuck.
Thin and light at just 19mm thin and less than 1.5kg on the 12-in model, these stylish convertibles come in black with an attractive backlit keyboard as well as FHD touch screen display.
The business-ready ThinkPad YOGA also features another new technology to help small businesses: a built-in Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera. Lenovo’s first 3D camera in a laptop, it comes optional on the 15-in model. Today 3D cameras are being used by businesses for more personal video conferencing and scanning small objects for 3D printing applications.
The ThinkPad YOGA also comes ready for business with powerful up to 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors, Windows 8.1 with optional vPro for managed environments (12-in only), large storage up to 1 TB and Dolby Home Theatre v4.
The ThinkPad YOGA models expand the overall computing experience with Lenovo’s SHAREit app to share files easily between devices. Small business users may opt to add support via Lenovo Services for their ThinkPad YOGA convertible, choosing among a variety of services: Accidental Damage Protection, Warranty Upgrade, Priority Technical Support and more.
The ThinkPad YOGA 12-in and 15-in models will be available beginning in February starting at $999 and $1,199 via business partners and www.lenovo.com.
The ThinkPad YOGA 14-in model will be available beginning in May starting at $1,199 via Best Buy and www.lenovo.com.