Almost six months after the release of the Tegra 3-powered Yoga 11, Lenovo has introduced a version of the system featuring Intel Ivy Bridge processors and Windows 8. Dubbed the Yoga 11S, the system is now available from Lenovo's website starting at $799.99.
That 800 bucks gets you a Core i3-3229Y processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 4GB of system memory, and a 128GB solid-state drive. Other amenities include an 11.6" 1366x768 display, a 720p webcam, HDMI out, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 4-cell lithium-ion battery, which Lenovo rates for up to six hours of run time. If you have deeper pockets, there are several higher-priced models to choose from. The most expensive one is priced at $1,349.99 and packs a Core i7-3689Y processor, 8GB of RAM, and a more comfy 256GB SSD. The display is still 1366x768, though. I guess you'll have to look elsewhere for Retina-like high-PPI goodness.
Also, of course, the Yoga 11S has the same hinge design as its Tegra 3-toting counterpart. That means the display can be flipped all the way back, which turns the machine into a pseudo-tablet with the keyboard exposed on the other side. You can also use the machine in "tent" and "stand" modes, depending on how far back you fold the screen. (See the picture above.)
Lenovo is taking orders now, but it doesn't look like the Yoga 11S is shipping to customers just yet—the company's website quotes a lead time of "more than 4 weeks." Best Buy will carry "multiple configurations" of the Yoga 11S, but they're not scheduled to do so until June 23.