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A message from Akira Fukushima This is Akira Fukushima, the new head of ThinkPad development Yamato Labs since August of this year. Due to this change, I have the honor of taking over the important role of owner of the official blog from Sohichi Yokota. I've been involved in ThinkPad development for many years, and after spending a little over two years on assignment in China, I learned the importance of providing new value to customers swiftly in the rapidly-evolving IT environment. I'd like to see Yamato come up with features and products that our customers want to use in a timely fashion. This is one of the reasons why I'd like to make active use of this blog to send out information, so we can receive feedback directly from our customers. I look forward to hearing all of your requests and opinions regarding ThinkPad. I hope you will continue to support ThinkPad and this blog in the years to come.   A message from Sohichi Yokota Thank you for your continued interest in Lenovo products. We greatly appreciate you sharing your valued thoughts and words of encouragement on this blog. With the rapid spread of smartphones and tablets, and the arrival of a variety of convertible PCs, every day I truly get a sense that we are right in the midst of the greatest turning point since the dawn of the PC industry. I served as head of the Japanese development teams at both Yamato Labs and the NEC PC development from the second half of last year....

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Yoga 2 Pro: Picture Perfect in Any Mode Slim, sleek, orange, and still very flexible, the Yoga 2 Pro is the newest edition the the line of Lenovo convertibles. Users will instantly notice the Yoga 2 Pro’s impressive, eye-popping 13.3-inch display: Its QHD+ super high resolution 10-finger touchscreen displays images in 3200X1800 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to four times the visual clarity of the original Yoga’s HD+ (1600X900) screen and the highest screen resolution on the market today. The 350-nit screen features IPS 178° wide angle viewing for great views from nearly any line of sight. Unbelievably thinner and lighter than  before at 15.5 mm thin and 1.39 kg, the extra mobile Yoga 2 Pro lets users easily enjoying computing in each of its four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. Yoga 2 Pro also features advanced technologies including choices of up to Intel 4th generation Core i7 ULT processors, Windows 8.1, up to 512 GB SSD, Intel WiDi for streaming content wirelessly to a TV, Dolby Home Theatre v4 and up to nine hours of battery life1. It also features a new backlit keyboard and comes in its signature Grey or Clementine Orange color. The recently introduced Yoga 11S will also be adding choices of up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors. A full-function laptop and tablet, Yoga 2 Pro infuses new smart features including Yoga Picks, a concierge-like tool that suggests suitable apps based upon the...

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ThinkPad Yoga Dons Black and Business-Ready Features Fom the original bento box inspired design, to the butterfly keboard on the ThinkPad 701 from 1995, to the twist of a screen on the ThinkPad Twist, along with the introduction of the sleek X1, and now the ThinkPad Yoga-- history continues to be made as the ThinkPad knows no limits. The new ThinkPad Yoga borrows the flip and fold, four mode design from the original Lenovo Yoga to create its own space for business customers with its performance, security and productivity features as well as customization options. The 12.5-inch magnesium alloy ThinkPad Yoga offers a stunning visual and intensive multimedia experience starting with choices of a Corning Gorilla Glass HD IPS or a FHD IPS display (optional digitizer and pen available for the FHD display) running Windows 8.1. For a responsive touch experience, use its 10-finger touch screen running Windows 8.1 or its oversized five-button glass trackpad optimized for gestures. Designed for maximum comfort in all modes, the ThinkPad Yoga features a unique lift and lock system created for tablet mode. The system automatically lifts and locks the keys on the machine’s keyboard in place for a streamlined feel. Additionally, ThinkPad Yoga features the legendary ThinkPad keyboard with optional backlit models and models with Near Field Communications (NFC) to easily share data between devices. The ThinkPad Yoga has the key performance technologies...

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ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Tablet 2

Following on from our third article, "Developers on ThinkPad Tablet 2: User Experience/Hardware", we once again speak directly with the developers. In this fourth article, we focus on the software development directly affecting the user experience. We interviewed two engineers from the software department: one who worked on device drivers for the legendary 700C digitizer pen model and the 750T, in addition to APS (Active Protection System) development, and another who was temporarily posted to Microsoft, and has experience with BIOS development and development of the original Tablet.   - What are your thoughts now that software development for the Tablet 2 is over? Yomo: Though I say it myself, the fact we completed it feels like a miracle (LOL)... With software development for a regular product, you can usually get things working and carry out tests smoothly about three months into development, but it took a long time to get off the ground with the Tablet 2. It really came down to the wire in the end. Maruichi: Developing new BIOS, OS, and ThinkVantage software from scratch for a product was a new experience for us. In the past we've always had a base to work from for at least one of these, and when a problem arose during development we could rule out this stable base to identify the cause of the problem more easily. However, this time we had to build...

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ThinkPad Tablet 2

ThinkPad Tablet 2

Following on from our second article, "Developers on the ThinkPad Tablet 2 - Mechanical Engineering/Industrial Design", we once again speak directly with the developers. In this third session, we discuss focusing on hardware development for touch panels and digitizer pens that are directly related to the user experience. Here are the interviews with two veteran engineers, one who has experience formulating engineering standards for mobile phones from the users' standpoint, and the other who started his career designing LCD circuits and is currently responsible for tablet LCDs.    - The Tablet 2 got high marks for its beautiful screen and great touch performance. Kawakita: It's really great news for us. We have been researching touch-technology for a long time now and we're utilizing the fruit of our labor. Actually, a clear technique that enables the measurement of the comprehensive performance of things like smoothness of touch and response speed did not exist. So we had to begin with the development of that technique itself. But when we completed the technique to some extent, we had become confident that it would work out fine. However, you can't see things one-sidedly. You have to prove the result by measuring performances with the technique. So we asked for the cooperation of a major information technology...

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