Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro is a MacBook Pro rival that's also a tablet

The new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is thin and light with a super high-res 13.3-inch screen – but it's the hinge that's got everyone talking.

The latest Lenovo's Yoga Pro convertible was launched at an event in London Thursday, and is an update of the well-received Yoga 2 Pro. Just like its predecessor, the Yoga 3 Pro can be used as both a  laptop and a tablet – with the keyboard acting as stand – thanks to the 360-degree hinge.

We were given a couple of review models at the launch last night  While we've been debating whether there are many users who want to essentially pay a premium for a laptop that you can also use as a chunky tablet, but it's the design of hinge has generated the most discussion. Clearly based on the links of a watch with three alternating designs, it holds the screen rigid enough to swipe and tap when the Yoga 3's in laptop mode, but allow you to pull the screen right round from a closed laptop to a tablet setup.

Besides the screen size, Lenovo has kept the same 3,200 by 1,800 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 (12.8mm, specs fans) millimeters and lighter (1.19kg), so it weighs 14 per cent 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 €1,599 in Europe and $1,349 in the U.S. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.

The Yoga 3 Pro in laptop (top) and tablet (bottom) modes.

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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