Difference between Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Key difference: Both the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and IdeaPad Yoga 11 are convertible laptops with the ability to fold back. This allows the device to take up four design modes. This includes Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist has the added ability to twist its screen. The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist features a 12.5 HD IPS display with Touch Sensor of Magnesium Alloy Construction with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by Intel Core, and is actually available in three variants. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 features an 11.6 inch high-definition display and weighs 1.27kg (2.8 lbs). It is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 2GB DDR3L RAM.

Lenovo Group Limited is a Chinese multinational with its operational headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina. The company provides computer hardware and electronics, including personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Among other things, the company is especially known for its computers, especially the ThinkPad and IdeaPad line of notebook computers.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is inline with its ThinkPad series, which is known for its durability, long life and easy availability of replacement parts. In fact, laptops in Lenovo Thinkpad series are currently the only laptops certified for use on the International Space Station.

The unique feature of Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is that its screen and CPU is attached with a single twistable hinge that gives the device the ability to twist its screen and/ fold back completely. This feature gives the device versatility and allowing the user to use the device as either a laptop or a tablet. It also allows the device to take up to four design modes: Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. Hence, the device is effectively two-in-one, a tablet and a laptop.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist features a 12.5 HD IPS display with Touch Sensor of Magnesium Alloy Construction with Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by Intel Core, and is actually available in three variants, Intel Core i3/ i5/ i7. It has up to 8 GB RAM which varies as per the processor. The Thinkpad Twist runs Microsoft 8 as its OS, and has either 320 GB or 500 GB of hard disk memory, as well as 128 GB of SSD or solid-state drive. The SSD works to improve application load times and system boot times.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is yet another offering by Lenovo under its IdeaPad series. However, the unique aspect of the device is that it is a convertible laptop with multi-mode 360 deg Flip design. This allows the device to take up four design modes. This includes Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. This is managed by using two double sided hinges. This feature gives the device versatility and allowing the user to use the device as either a laptop or a tablet. Hence, the device is effectively two-in-one, a tablet and a laptop.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 features an 11.6 inch high-definition display and weighs 1.27kg (2.8 lbs). It is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 2GB DDR3L RAM. The processing specs are quite decent giving a smooth and easy usage. The operating system on the device is the Windows RT, which is essentially a slightly downgraded version of Windows 8.

The four different configurations on the IdeaPad Yoga does make the device seem new, fresh and unique, however in order to get to the tablet mode, the screen folds back, which leaves the keyboard exposed on the back of the tablet. This makes holding the tablet, a little awkward; however, the keyboard does get automatically disabled. In addition, the device is quite thin and light, which makes the device quite operable. Hence the exposed keyboard is not necessarily a deal breaker.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is a follow-up to the company’s popular IdeaPad Yoga line. Other than provide the durability of a ThinkPad over the IdeaPad, it also aimed to improve on a feature of the IdeaPad Yoga series. The IdeaPad Yoga series are also convertible laptops, however in order to get to the tablet mode, the screen folds back, which leaves the keyboard exposed on the back of the tablet. The ability of the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist to twist its screen 180 deg before folding back addresses this issue as the twist allows the screen to cover the keyboard. However, the device has been criticized as being too heavy to be used comfortably as a tablet.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from the Lenovo website.

 

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Launch Date

Q4 2012

Q4 2012

Company

Lenovo

Lenovo

Size

313mm x 236mm x 20mm (12.3" x 9.3" x 0.8")

298x204x15.6 mm /11.73x8.03x0.61 inch

Display

12.5" HD IPS display with Touch Sensor, 350 nit

11.6” high-definition display, 16:9

Screen

1366 x 768 pixels (~125 ppi pixel density)

1366 x 768 pixels (~135 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Magnesium Alloy Construction With Corning Gorilla Glass

-

Weight

1.58 kg (3.48 lbs)

1.27kg / 2.8 lbs (with battery)

2G Network

-

-

3G Network

-

-

4G Network

-

-

GUI

Windows 8

Windows RT UI

CPU speed

1.8 GHz - 3.0 GHz (Depending on processor)

1.4 GHz - 1.5 GHz

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 4000

NVIDIA ULP GeForce

OS

Windows 8 64 / Windows 8 Pro 64

Windows RT

Chipset / Processor

Intel Core i7 – 3517U (3.0 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Intel Core i5 – 3317U (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

Intel Core i3 – 3217U (1.8 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)

NVIDIA Tegra 3

RAM

Up to 8GB DDR3

2GB DDR3L

SIM Size

-

-

Internal Memory

HDD: 320GB/500GB (7200RPM) SDD: 128GB

32GB / 64GB

Expandable Memory

-

-

Sensors

-

-

Connectivity

2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 RJ45, 1 4-in-1 slot, 1 Mini-DP, 1 Mini-HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet

2 x USB 2.0, 2-in-1 card reader, HDMI out, 1/8” Stereo Headphone Output & Microphone input combo jack

Data

-

-

Speed

-

-

WLAN

802.11 b/g/n wireless

802.11 b/g/n wireless

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0

Yes, v4.0

USB

USB 3.0

2 USB 2.0 ports

Primary Camera

720p HD Webcam

1.0M (720p HD) webcam

Secondary Camera

-

-

Video

-

-

Camera Features

-

-

Sound Enhancement

Stereo speakers, Built-in dual array microphone (combo jack), Dolby Home Theatre v4

Composite Film Speaker (0.5W x 2)

Audio supported formats

Dependent on media player

Dependent on media player

Video supported formats

Dependent on media player

Dependent on media player

Battery Capacity

-

4-cell Lithium-Ion battery

Stand-by / Battery Life

7 hours (with Battery Safeguard Hardware Authentication)

13 hrs battery life

Talk time

-

-

Available Colors

Carbon Black

Silver Gray, Clementine Orange

Messaging

-

No

Browser

HTML -

HTML - Default Internet Explorer

Radio

No

No

GPS

No

No

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • Full-sized, spill-resistant keyboard
  • TrackPoint and touchpad
  • Cloud Storage with 5GB free space
  • Secure Online Backup
  • Sync Multiple Devices
  • Data Protection using 128-bit AES
  • Simple Folder and File Sharing
  • Broad Platform and Device Support
  • Preloaded Applications: AccuWeather, Amazon Kindle, BlueStacks – Android app player, Evernote, Expense Management, Fruit Ninja, Lenovo Cloud Storage, Rara – Music, Skype
  • Microsoft Office (purchase of product key required for activation)
  • 5-point multi-touch screen that folds back 360 deg – 4 modes
  • AccuType keyboard
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview
  • Amazon Kindle Metro (ROW)
  • Rara Metro (ROW)
  • AccuWeather Metro (ROW)
  • LENOVO Rotatable Mouse N70
  • LENOVO Slot-in Case
  • LENOVO HDMI to VGA Adapter CH580
  • LENOVO USB Ultra Slim DVD Burner DB80
  • LENOVO 45W AC-Adapter
  • LENOVO Slim 65W AC-Adapter

Image Courtesy: lenovo.com

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