Difference between Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

Key difference: Both the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist and IdeaPad Yoga 13 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 13 features a 13.3 inch HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display and weighs 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs). It is available in various models, powered either by 3rd generation Intel Core i7/ i5 / i3. The models would come with either a 4 GB DDR3 RAM or 8 GB.

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 13 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 13 features a 13.3 inch HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display and weighs 1.54 kg (3.4 lbs). It is available in various models, powered by 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3537U/ 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U/ 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U/ 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U. The models would come with either a 4 GB DDR3 RAM or 8 GB. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 runs on Windows 8 Pro 64 or Windows 8 64 depending on the variant models.

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. This makes holding the tablet, a little awkward. 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 13

Launch Date

Q4 2012

October 2012

Company

Lenovo

Lenovo

Size

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

333.4 x 224.8 x 16.9 mm (13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67")

Display

12.5" HD IPS display with Touch Sensor, 350 nit

13.3" HD+IPS capacitive multitouch display (16:9 widescreen)

Screen

1366 x 768 pixels (~125 ppi pixel density)

1600 x 900 pixels (~138 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Magnesium Alloy Construction With Corning Gorilla Glass

-

Weight

1.58 kg (3.48 lbs)

1.54 kg (3.4 lbs)

2G Network

-

-

3G Network

-

-

4G Network

-

-

GUI

Windows 8

Windows 8

CPU speed

1.8 GHz - 3.0 GHz (Depending on processor)

1.80 GHz - 3.10 GHz

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)

OS

Windows 8 64 / Windows 8 Pro 64

Windows 8 Pro 64/ Windows 8 64

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)

3rd generation Intel Core i7-3537U

3rd generation Intel Core i7-3517U

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U

3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U

RAM

Up to 8GB DDR3

4GB / 8GB DDR3

SIM Size

-

-

Internal Memory

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

128/256GB DDR (double data rate) SSD (solid state drive); HDD Interface: m-SATA II (SATA300); DMA Mode: Transfer Multiword DMA mode-2, Ultra-DMA Mode 6

Expandable Memory

-

No

Sensors

-

-

Connectivity

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

1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, Combo jack, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)

Data

-

-

Speed

-

-

WLAN

802.11 b/g/n wireless

802.11 b/g/n wireless

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0

Bluetooth 4.0

USB

USB 3.0

USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

Primary Camera

720p HD Webcam

1.0MP 720p HD integrated webcam

Secondary Camera

-

-

Video

-

-

Camera Features

-

-

Sound Enhancement

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

Integrated stereo speakers

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 Li-Polymer battery

Stand-by / Battery Life

7 hours (with Battery Safeguard Hardware Authentication)

8 hours

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)
  • AccuType keyboard
  • OneKey Recovery
  • MS Office 2010 transition
  • Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync
  • Evernote
  • eBay
  • Energy Management 8.0
  • Lenovo Transition
  • Lenovo Motion Control
  • AccuWeather

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