Lenovo has unveiled a raft of Yoga devices at an event in London, including the Yoga 3 Pro, the firm's slimmest convertible laptop yet, featuring Intel's latest 14nm fanless Core M processor.
Unveiled via a live satellite link-up with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, whom Lenovo apparently employed as a "product engineer" last year, the "ultra slim" Yoga 3 Pro boasts a 13in 3200x1800 resolution QHD+ screen in a thin and light frame measuring 12.8mm thick and weighing 1.19kg.
The super-thin device features four different modes much like the firm's earlier Yoga laptop devices: Laptop mode, Stand mode, Tent and Tablet mode, alongside a new "watchband hinge design" to help shave 17 percent from its predecessor's overall frame.
"Not only does the Yoga 3 Pro's new watchband hinge give the laptop a striking look and a sturdy feel, it allows the device to be thinner than a pencil when opened and 14 percent lighter than before, making it easy to use wherever you are," the firm claimed during the launch event in London on Thursday.
The device's slim design is made possible due to Intel's 14nm Intel Core M chip, previously codenamed Broadwell-Y, which boasts 1.3 billion transistors on a die size of 82mm.
Intel first previewed the chip at Computex in Taiwan in June, unveiled on stage by Intel president Renee James, who called it "the most energy efficient Core processor in Intel's history". This means the Yoga 3 Pro should also offer better battery life at the same performance level of predecessors.
The Yoga 3 Pro will be available in orange, silver or gold starting from £1,299 in the UK when it hits the market towards the end of October.
Lenovo definitely got its money's worth out of Kutcher for the event. The actor also unveiled two updates to the Yoga Tablet unveiled at a similar event last year in Milan, the Yoga Tablet 2 and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
Adding 'Hang mode' to the various modes you can use in the updated version of the Yoga Tablet, including Stand, Hold and Tilt, the Yoga Tablet 2 lets users hang their device to display content.
"Now users can interact with the tablet in a new way by hanging it anywhere they want. They can also continue to enjoy the other three original modes: Hold for better angles for reading, Tilt for easily browsing online and Stand for close up content from digital libraries," Lenovo said.
Lenovo has also improved the kickstand in Stand mode for more stability when pressing the 10-point multi-touch screen.
Touted as being more diverse than its predecessor, the Yoga Tablet 2 will be available with both Android and Windows operating systems when it launches in 8in and 10in models. As with the original Yoga Tablet, Lenovo said the device will offer 18 hours of use on one charge.
The tablet will be powered by an Intel Atom processor with optional 4G supported by the Intel XMMTM 7160 modem.
Prices and availability for the UK are yet to be confirmed, but the tablets are available on the European market from €299 (about £235) for the 10in model and €229 (£180) for the 8in.
The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro builds on the major elements of the Yoga Tablet 2 but features a bigger and higher resolution 13in QHD 2560x1440 screen as well as a built-in Pico projector in the side so users can "turn inside walls into an instant TV or movie screen".
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro also features the new Hang mode seen in its Yoga Tablet 2 sister, as well as running the latest fourth-generation Intel Atom processor for "smooth multimedia playback and rendering".
There is also a 8MP rear camera and 32GB of inbuilt storage upgradeable to 64GB via Micro SD. It has a projected battery life of 15 hours while measuring 3.7mm thin and weighing 950g.
Available at the end of October, Lenovo said the Yoga Tablet Pro 2 models will start at £449 in the UK.
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