It seems that Lenovo has gone all out this year at IFA 2013. The company have announced lots of awesome gadgets that have top notch specs and state of the art technologies. Ultrabooks have also been released, baring the name of Lenovo, and one of the best that we’ve seen is the Yoga 2 Pro.

The Yoga 2 Pro offers much more than your typical ultrabook, thanks to its clever design, the device uses a dual-hinge design that offers 360 degree rotation. For the user, this means up to 4 different setups that its can work in: tent, laptop, tablet and stand. This system is great, as it provides a usage mode that is perfect for every situation.

Let’s take a closer look at the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

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When looking at the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook, the first thing to notice is how thin this device is. Even for a ultrabook, the 15.5 mm (0.61 inches) thickness is impressive. Also, the Yoga 2 is lightweight, tipping the scales at only 1.39 kilograms, which makes it very portable.

The design is minimalist, allowing for a stylish look, and the only part that has a bit of flash is the AccuType keyboard, which we’re very pleased to say it uses dual-layer back-light for typing in low light conditions. The backlit keys are easily seen and provide a much needed feature for late-night writers.

Apart from the nice aesthetics, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has some powerful innards, that make it a great companion for all types of work. Here’s a quick look at the technical specs of the device:

  • Processor: Up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 U series
  • GPU: Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • Display: 13.3-inch QHD+ with 3200×1800 resolution, 10-point Multitouch, 350 nits
  • Camera: 720p HD
  • Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3L
  • Storage: Choice between 128, 256 or 512 GB SSD
  • Sound: Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater and Dual Array Digital Microphone
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Integrated Comms: 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack, micro HDMI-out, 2-in-1 (SD/MMC) card reader
  • Battery: Up to 6 hours full HD playback
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 12.99 x 8.66 x 0.61 inches

As you can see, this machine is built for speed. Taking advantage of SSD storage allows users to boot it up in the blink of an eye, and this only gets better with the speed that Windows 8.1 provides. The Intel 4th generation Haswell processor is not only extremely powerful, but very power friendly, which makes the Yoga 2 Pro last a long time.

While the device is pretty powerful, it is not the best one in the pack, but even so, it is a big improvement over the original Yoga. The gorgeous display has both a high resolution and a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees.

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On the software side, the Yoga 2 Pro will come with pre-loaded apps and a intelligent system that will detect in which of the four modes the ultrabook is being used, and it will recommend apps that work best in that situation. When in laptop mode, the Yoga 2 Pro will have the “Phone Companion” app which will allow users to quickly send content to their phones via text message.

Yoga Photo Touch is another pre-loaded app that will help users easily edit photos when in tablet mode. It has been optimized for use on touchscreens, so he’re where the 10-point multitouch display will come in handy. Yoga Camera Man is designed to be used in stand mode, and it allows users to take photos and add effects to them very quickly.

Voice control is also supported in the Yoga 2 Pro, and it allows users to give simple commands to the device. The voice controls will also work with some of the apps that are pre-installed on it. And to complete this intuitive way of using the Yoga 2 Pro, Lenovo has added the Lenovo Motion Control 2.0, which allows the user to use gestures to flip through photos, pages or other files.

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An accessory to the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is the N700 multimode mouse, that can be used as a simple mouse, or it can rotate 180 degrees and be used as a pointer for presentations.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ultrabook will come in two flavors, Gray and Clementine Orange, and it will be available starting from October and it will retail for around $1,099.99. The release date is a bit later than for the other products that Lenovo has presented, but still, it’s not a long wait. Also, the N700 multimode mouse will be available from mid September and it will retail for around $59.99.

(The editor travelled to Berlin on the invitation of Lenovo)

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