Lenovo slims down with Yoga 3 Pro convertible

The convertible has new metal hinge that helps make it thinner and more stable

The Yoga's tent-like pose has become quite familiar—and often imitated—in recent years.

The Yoga's tent-like pose has become quite familiar—and often imitated—in recent years.

The new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but is still orange with a super high-res 13.3-inch screen.

The latest Lenovo's Yoga Pro convertible was launched at an event in London Thursday, and is an incremental update of the well-received Yoga 2 Pro. Just like its predecessor, the Yoga 3 Pro can be used in four modes: laptop, stand, tent and tablet, thanks to the 360-degree hinge.

Besides the screen size, Lenovo has kept the same 3200 by 1800 pixel resolution. But Lenovo has added a "paper display" setting for reading.

Lenovo has also worked to improve the design. A common complaint with touchscreen laptops is that the screen wobbles when touched, but an improved metal hinge on the Yoga 3 Pro should solve that problem, Lenovo said.

The hinge isn't the only design improvement Lenovo has made. The Yoga 3 Pro is thinner at 12.8 millimeters and lighter at 1.19 kilograms, so it weighs 14 percent less than its predecessor.

Hardware specifications include a new Intel Broadwell processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

Besides orange, users can also choose between what Lenovo calls champagne gold and platinum.

The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro will be available at the end of October and will sell from €1599 in Europe and $1349 in the U.S.

Even though it still isn't a household name in all parts of the world, Lenovo has in the last couple of years become a force to be reckoned with for tablets, smartphones and PCs. During the third quarter, the company extended its lead over Hewlett-Packard to almost a million shipments, up from about 100,000 units during the same period last year, according to IDC.

While the overall market dropped by 1.7 percent, Lenovo increased shipments by 11.2 percent to a record setting 15.7 million units.

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