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Lenovo unveils innovative IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo's latest ultrabook features an innovative design that transforms it into a tablet.

Lenovo has become the latest manufacturer to unveil a new ultrabook, but this one further blurs the line between notebook and tablet device.

The key concept behind the IdeaPad Yoga is the presence of a dual hinge. This means that the screen unfolds as it would on any normal laptop or notebook, but can be rotated a full 360 degrees, at which point it turns into a tablet.

Lenovo's clever design means that the 13.1-inch screen rotates the view automatically, becoming a touchscreen with ten-point capacity when in tablet mode.

The device can even be used in "tent mode", allowing it to be stood up on the desk in the shape of two playing cards propped against each other.

Thanks to the use of the innovative hinge - as opposed to bulky rotating hinges used in other convertible notebooks - the Yoga measures just 16.9mm thick, and weighs a mere 14.47kg.

Lenovo has also strived to make the device as user friendly as possible. The buttons have all been placed on the side of the device so they are accessible in either format, while soft rubber paint has been used to make handling more comfortable and leather has been used on the palm-rest below the keyboard.

Inside the Yoga, Intel's Core covers the processing needs, supporting 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of solid-state drives storage space.

Unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show, the device has certainly grabbed the attention. However, as its operation has been designed around Windows 8, Lenovo will not be able to release the device until Microsoft finally launches its operating system, which may not be until the end of the year.

This comes after Lenovo announced details of its other new ultrabook, the ThinkPad T4300u. Representing the "next generation" of thin and light computing, the device is aimed at mobile business users.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801260706-ADNFCR