The upcoming Windows RT device mentioned by Lenovo last week may be none other than its IdeaPad Yoga.
Lenovo revealed last week that it will unveil a Windows RT device around the same time that Windows 8 launches on October 26. But it was mum about the name or other details.
Now we may have a name – the IdeaPad Yoga.
tablet/notebook will reportedly hit in the market around late October in two different flavors, sources told ABC News. One version would be powered by an Intel CPU and offer Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. The other version would use an ARM Nvidia Tegra processor and offer Windows RT.
Helped by the low-power ARM chip, the Windows RT model would provide double the battery life of its Intel-based cousin, according to the sources.
The IdeaPad Yoga tablet can switch between notebook and tablet just by bending its screen backwards. The Wall Street Journal said last week that Lenovo would offer a Windows RT convertible notebook, leading ABC’s sources to reportedly confirm that model as the Yoga.
CNET contacted Lenovo for comment and will update the story if we receive more information.
Though the Windows RT version may boast longer battery life, it won’t support the same legacy desktop applications accessible through Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Users will be restricted to running mostly Windows 8 (formerly known as Metro) apps.
Even certain Windows RT apps may be lacking in comparison to their Windows 8 counterparts. The Windows RT version of Microsoft’s Office 2013 will reportedly eliminate “macros, third-party add-ins, and VBA support,” and a “‘small number of other features,” sources recently told The Verge. If true, such a move would be designed to enhance battery life on Windows RT devices by keeping apps slim and trim.
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