Today, Lenovo offers their customers the Yoga notebook design that allows the display to bend backwards to create a tablet-like product when users just want to kick back and do a little web surfing without the interference of the keyboard. But that's a hybrid design that's just too heavy as a tablet solution. Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix on the other hand offers a detachable display design, but the base hinge is bulky and too unsightly as a consumer product. So back to the drawing board Lenovo's engineers went and last week the US Patent Office revealed their new solution. Lenovo's answer will be a much slicker consumer hybrid Ultrabook offering a real detachable display/tablet solution using a new simpler hinge design. HP has already gotten the jump on Lenovo in this area with both their Split x 2 and Envy x 2 notebooks solutions that are quite slick. So Lenovo is definitely playing catch-up here.
To review Lenovo's new Ultrabook hinge design, see patent application 20130194741. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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