The Lenovo Yoga tablet has been announced for a while, but now it makes its debut in the Indian market for a price of Rs.22,999. The 10 inch version is available for 28,999 INR. The Yoga tablet comes in two sizes: 8 and 10 inches but that’s the single difference between the two models. They sport a 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a 1.2 Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, dual 5MP/1.6MP cameras and up to 32GB of built-in storage, expandable with a microSD slot up to 64GB. The 10-incher Yoga tablet weighs 1.33 pounds, while the smaller weighs 0.88 pound.
The Yoga Tablet 8 and the Yoga Tablet 10 come in two storage versions: one with 16 GB and another one with 32 GB. Both have a RAM of 1 GB and have a Micro-USB, audio jack and an integrated microphone with noise reduction. In the connectivity field, Integrated Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and GPS are present. The Indian model of the 8 inch Yoga Tablet comes with 3G voice calling.
The tablet can rotate 135 degrees, allowing for three different usage modes and a wide-viewing angle of 178 degrees. Software-wise, it doesn’t come with the latest and greatest Android 4.4 KitKat but with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. What some of you could dislike is that the OS has been altered quite a lot that even the the customary app drawer is missing.
The cylinder houses a huge battery but doesn’t spoil the design
This is indeed an interesting device and one that should be talked about more, as it brings something different to the market in terms of design and ingenuousness. You are probably wondering what does that cylinder do. Well, it’s a clever way to fit inside a big battery that is said to last for an impressive 18 hours. Not to make it seem bulky, it also has other purposes, such as a built-in kickstand that opens to let the tablet stand on its own.
The cylinder, according to Lenovo, changes weight distribution so it would be easier for you to use the tablet, in either mode, as follows – steady in Stand Mode, comfort in Hold Mode, balance in Tilt Mode. That might sound like marketing but early impressions and reviews of the devices do point out that the cylinder part of the hardware is a clever trick that brings more battery juice without making big compromises.
Lenovo has embedded some front-facing speakers on the sides of the cylinder-shaped, bottom, as well. They come with the Dolby Digital Plus technology that should be able to deliver a clear sound performance. Even more, there is a power button on one of its sides that you can use to power on/power off.
Lenovo’s Yoga Android tablet stands out with its unique design and the fact that Ashton Kutcher has contributed to its making. Yes, you’ve heard me right, Kutcher’s connection to the tech world hasn’t ended with him playing Steve Jobs as he recently has been appointed as a Lenovo product engineer. Probably the fact that he studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa has helped him a little with that, who knows.
If you want to stay productive and write on the go, you can use the Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover (only for the 10 inch version) that currently retails for $70 in U.S. There’s also the Lenovo Headset P950 for $30 and the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Sleeve + Film (Black) for $30. For Indian customers, the accessories bundle for the 8 inch version include a sleeve cover, protective film and earphone will cost INR 4000 and INR 5000 for the 10-incher.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablets are available at all major Indian retailers and also at www.dostore.com