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Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11S, the true successor to the Yoga 13, is finally on sale

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Gallery Photo: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S press pictures
Gallery Photo: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S press pictures

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 has been one of the most popular Windows 8 machines, combining an ultrabook's design and specs with a rotating, back-bending touchscreen. But the smaller Yoga 11 was underpowered by comparison, running Windows RT on an ARM processor. As of today, though, Lenovo is rolling out an alternative: the Yoga 11S, which replaces the 11's Tegra chip with an Intel one and runs Windows 8. Lenovo has started accepting orders for the 11S on its site, and they'll soon be available online at Best Buy. The base model costs $799.99 — about $250 more than the current price of its RT counterpart — and comes with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, 4GB of memory, a 128GB SSD, and a Core i3 processor, upgradeable to a Core i5 or i7. It maxes out at a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a 1600 x 900 display.

From what we can tell, orders might not be arriving particularly soon: Lenovo's site lists a shipping time of over four weeks, and the notebooks aren't going to be in Best Buy's brick-and-mortar stores until June 23rd. Despite this, it's the first we've seen of the 11S since it was first revealed at CES in January. That's a surprisingly long wait, but based on our experience with it at CES, it might be worth it if you're in the market for a little laptop that can take full advantage of Windows 8.