Lenovo unveils low-cost dual-mode Windows 8.1 notebook, Flex 10
Lenovo is a manufacturer that has been producing a variety of convertible laptops for some time now. The flexible and versatile Yoga series offers four different modes of operation, but Flex series offers just two. There are already two dual-mode device available from Lenovo — the Flex 14 and Flex 15 — but for the price-conscious there is soon going to be the Flex 10 to consider.
There is no definite word on price yet (although Engadget is suggesting $550) but the Flex 10 is certain to be significantly cheaper than its larger counterparts, pitting itself firmly in the budget market. Just like the larger versions, this is a laptop that can be used two different positions — like a regular laptop, or by folding the keyboard underneath to act as a stand.
This particular Flex is yet to go on sale, but it does appear on the Lenovo websites so we can take a look through the specs. Aside from the 300 degree screen hinge, the key feature of the Flex 10 in a ten-point multi-touch display — great for getting the most from Windows 8.1.
Although not the thinnest laptop on the market, the Flex 10 is still fairly slender at 0.68″, and it weighs in at 2.6lbs (or 1.2kg). The 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and there will be a choice between Pentium and Celeron processor (the N3510, N2910, N2810 and N2805 specifically). Celeron models come complete with 2GB of RAM, while the Pentium model is backed up by 4GB DDR3L.
It’s clear that compromises have been made; the 3-cell battery offers a running time of just 4 hours maximum. There are just two USB port (one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0), and internal storage of up to 500GB.
Once pricing details are confirmed, we’ll update this post.Further reading: Lenovo, Windows 8.1 Laptop