Half Yogas: Lenovo Announces Dual-Mode IdeaPad Flex 14 and 15 Laptops

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Get used to the name "Flex," because if you follow Lenovo, you'll be hearing a lot about this new line of multi-mode PCs. Today, the company announced two Flex notebooks: the IdeaPad Flex 14 and Flex 15 to go along with the Flex 20, a Windows 8 all-in-on PC that serves as the IdeaCenter Horizon's little brother.

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As their name suggests, both the Flex 14 and Flex 15 notebooks will feature some degree of bending flexibility like their contortionist cousin, the IdeaPad Yoga. However to hit their affordable $629 starting price, a few concessions had to be made. Both notebooks will feature a unique hinge design that will allows them to be bent up to 300 degrees. The shorter range of motion means that consumers will only have access to two modes -- laptop and stand -- as opposed to the four modes featured on the Yoga (Laptop, Stand, Tent and Tablet).

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The thin-and-light Flex 14 measures 14.0 x 9.49 x 0.84-inch and weighs in at a portable 4.41 pounds. The Flex 15 is a little heavier, but still relatively portable at 5.07 pounds,  15.6 x 10.47 x 0.87 inches. In terms of specs, both notebooks will feature either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro with up to a Core i7 Intel ULT processor, a max of 8GBs of RAM, and an optional Nvidia GeForce GT740M GPU with 2GB of video memory.The notebooks will also have the same set of ports including a USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, a 2-in-1 card reader, a combination headphone/microphone jack and Ethernet.  

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However the Flex 15's 15.6-inch touchscreen display can be upgraded to a 1080p display while the  the Flex 14 will feature a 14-inch, 1366 x 768 touchscreen. In terms of storage, the Flex 14 will ship with a 500 GB hard drive while its big brother can hold up to a 1TB hard drive. Both notebooks can be outfitted with an optional 16GB SSD.

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Both the Flex 14 and the Flex 15 will be available for purchase starting in late September.

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