You'd think two of these would've been axed at a design meeting, but Lenovo's either taking no chances, holding off on making tough calls, or using an appeasement strategy to deal with internal design department beefs. In their experimentation to develop a hybrid laptop/tablet that people will want to use, they've developed no less than three different form factors that will hit store shelves in just a few weeks.
The ultra-lightweight Lynx is the most simple design of the three, as it's basically a laptop where the screen pops off—or a tablet that plugs into a keyboard accessory, depending on how you look at it:
The ThinkPad Twist keeps the screen and keyboard together, but connected by a central hinge that rotates in two directions, enabling you to flip and fold the screen over the keys:
Then we've got the IdeaPad Yoga, featuring two double-hinges that allow you to send the screen on a little 360-degree voyage:
I'd call it unlikely that all three of these designs will succeed; then again I also thought no one would buy the original iPod Mini, which ended up being wildly successful. But let's play Design Director for a moment: If you were in charge of Lenovo's design group; were presented all three of these concepts; yet only had the resources to produce one, which would you choose, and what would your rationale be?