Lenovo preps Core M-powered Yoga 3 Pro for late October

We already knew about the ThinkPad Helix, but it turns out Lenovo is readying another convertible with Intel's new Core M processor under the hood. Say hello to the Yoga 3 Pro, which will be available from Lenovo and at Best Buy stores later this month:

The system is outfitted with the Yoga series' trademark 360-degree hinge design, but updated with a novel "watchband" style. Strapped to that hinge is a 13.3" touch-screen display with a 3200×1800 resolution—and the rest of the specs are no less impressive. The Yoga 3 Pro features:

  • An Intel "Core M-70" processor (which may be the 5Y70 model outlined here)
  • Up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • Up to 512GB of solid-state storage
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Two USB 3.0 ports, a Micro-HDMI output, and a card reader
  • And a 44-Wh battery rated for nine hours of run time

At 0.5" and 2.62 lbs, this thing is also impressively thin and light for a 13" convertible. Keep in mind, of course, that the keyboard can't be detached, so you'll have to put up with the whole system's weight in tablet mode.

Lenovo says it will pre-load the Yoga 3 Pro with Harmony, a program that detects over 50 of the "most popular applications" and makes suitable adjustments when they're run. When displaying an e-book, for instance, Lenovo says Harmony will "automatically change the brightness and color temperature according to the environment lighting." The software can also "enable motion control or touch depending on the mode, or when watching video it can optimize the audio settings."

Strangely, the company's press release quotes pricing in Euros, despite mentioning Best Buy in the previous sentence. It looks like you can expect to pay €1,599 for the Yoga 3 Pro, which works out to just over $2,000.

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    • DavidC1
    • 5 years ago

    The price is $1349 for the 256GB SSD version in America and $1549 for the 512GB SSD.

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      Links? Is that with 8GB of RAM?

    • burntham77
    • 5 years ago

    Doesn’t the world already have enough 16:9 tablets?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 5 years ago

    I don’t know why but that price seems to have a mac tax built into it…

      • Voldenuit
      • 5 years ago

      [quote<]I don't know why but that price seems to have a mac tax built into it...[/quote<] 3200×1800 screen with Corning gorilla glass. 2.62 lbs and 0.5in thick. Broadwell Core M processor. [url=http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/10/lenovo-unveils-a-tablet-with-a-projector-and-the-thinnest-yoga-laptop-yet/<]According to ars, the MSRP starts from $1349[/url<], which is much less than €1,599. Premium product with premium pricing? Check. Mactax? That might be too harsh.

    • crsh1976
    • 5 years ago

    Isn’t the Core M chip designed for tablets? Reason I ask is I’m not sure it’s the Broadwell upgrade to a Haswell-Y we’re looking for, especially not for that price.

      • tipoo
      • 5 years ago

      That’s what I’m wondering, seems like it will be a downgrade in performance (though for an uptick in battery life)

    • BlondIndian
    • 5 years ago

    I was really impressed till the last line . $2000 GTFO !

    I guess they will sell a few hundred of these in some European country like Lichtenstein or Monaco.

    Maybe I’m ignorant and there is this huge market for overpriced windows uber-ultrabooks , what do I know …

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    “touch-screen display with a 3200×1800 resolution”

    If that’s a Pentile display, then it will be a deal breaker due to the Yoga 2 Pro’s yellow color issues:

    [url<]https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Idea-Windows-based-Tablets-and/Yoga-2-Pro-Stil-has-Yellow-Color-Issues/td-p/1401397/page/16[/url<] Quote from the link: "Three things amaze me – Lenovo is still happily selling the Y2P without informing their customers of the display limitations, secondly, Lenovo are ignoring their customers who have discovered this imitation and thirdly, the number of customers contributing to this forum that do not have this problem – like what are they doing here in the first place! No matter what other users tell you, every Y2P has this limitation – the only way you will not notice it is if you have poor eyesight / slightly colorblind. If you are not satisfied with the reproduction of yellow (on maximum performance) – as this is a good as it will ever get – then I suggest you return your Y2P as fast as possible as you might be able to get a refund."

      • FireGryphon
      • 5 years ago

      The screen is definitely a deal breaker, but but only because people who get a Yoga Pro are going to use it for things where colors are important. If all you do is type emails and Word documents and avoid things that require colors or color coding (like writing code or looking at pictures) the nonexistent yellow reproduction is fine.

    • jdaven
    • 5 years ago

    They stole my 360 degree hinge idea and Neelycam’s naming idea!!!

    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/27175/updated-12-retina-macbook-air-reportedly-hits-production-ipad-air-2-pictured?post=854983[/url<] Oh wait now I get it.

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      Lol

    • NeelyCam
    • 5 years ago

    Here’s something fun… I accidentally ended up looking at Yoga Tablet 2 Pro specsheet, and saw this:

    [quote<]Created in partnership with celebrity technologist and Lenovo product engineer Ashton Kutcher[/quote<] "Lenovo product engineer"? [url<]http://news.lenovo.com/images/20034/YOGA%20Tablet%202%20Pro%20Spec%20Sheet_FINAL.pdf[/url<]

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 5 years ago

      Probably one of those ‘honorary degrees’ from Lenovo U. They might have a SKU for it if you look hard enough and have the necessary donations.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 5 years ago

        In Communist Lenovo, endorsement university pays you!

    • tipoo
    • 5 years ago

    Is this Core M expected to be a performance downgrade from 17W Haswell parts? Just wondering if a macbook air with it might happen, or that’s sure to use U.

      • NeelyCam
      • 5 years ago

      Probably a small CPU performance downgrade, but possibly also a small GPU performance upgrade.

        • tipoo
        • 5 years ago

        How small, going from 17 watts to less than 5? The process shrink helps, but I think there will be a decent downgrade in performance, and it still costs 1300…Me thinks they should have just waited for the U parts, but we’ll see.

          • dragontamer5788
          • 5 years ago

          [url<]http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-02-at-3.16.54-PM.png[/url<] The fastest CoreM CPU has a base clock of 1.1 GHz (2.6GHz Turbo), down from the Haswell-U 1.7 GHz (3.3 GHz Turbo) Even [b<]IF[/b<] Intel gets double-digit gains on IPC, the clock-speed deficit is outrageous compared to your typical "U" class CPU. I'm thinking this is going to be a significant CPU downgrade.

            • UnfriendlyFire
            • 5 years ago

            At one-third the TDP, the CPU performance downgrade is expected. Especially with the bigger IGP.

            I’m curious to see how does the U-series Broadwell perform. Though they might never get launched and instead Skylake-U (or Skylake-M) will replace Haswell-U.

          • DavidC1
          • 5 years ago

          It’s not JUST the process shrink though. The product has gotten specific optimizations to reduce power.

          Based on the benchmarks earlier it won’t be up to the business-oriented 4300U but probably comes within 5-10% of the 4200U(accounting for steady-state performance).

          It’s really pricey though. I mean, even if its $1499, that’s $400 more than the Yoga.

      • mganai
      • 5 years ago

      Core-M only applies to the -Y line.

      The Broadwell-U parts are coming a bit later, and they’re looking a little more beefy than their contemporary counterparts.

    • NeelyCam
    • 5 years ago

    If only this was 11.6″…

    [quote<]€1,599[/quote<] Probably includes VAT, so the price in the USA might be $1599

      • MadManOriginal
      • 5 years ago

      If currency trends continue, the USD price might even be lower.

      • Chrispy_
      • 5 years ago

      I deal with €-$ and £-$ conversions every day, and yes it’ll include VAT.

      When you see a price in €, add 10% and when you see a price in £, add 25% and that’s your pre-tax dollar value, based more on empirical data than the actual exchange rates.

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