Lenovo announced the Yoga tablet late last month at New York, which was one of the biggest launches for the company in recent times. Lenovo roped in the popular Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher, who is also the product design engineer at the company now, to unveil the Yoga tablet. They claimed that this is the better way of using tablets, thanks to the magazine like handle which provides a nice grip in portrait mode, and doubles up as a kickstand in landscape mode. It surely looked that way in the demo videos, so we were happy to get the review unit. Here’s the unboxing of the Lenovo Yoga tablet 10, along with a couple of accessories like the keyboard cover and sleeve.
This is the first ever unboxing we’ve done at Technology Personalized, and that should be quite evident when you watch it.
The Lenovo Yoga tablet comes in two sizes, the 8-inch version and the 10-inch version. We’ve got the bigger one, and it comes with a whopping 9000mAh battery which should last up to 18 hours if we go by Lenovo’s claims. Both the models have 1,280 by 800-pixel touchscreens, quad-core processors from MediaTek, 1GB of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal memory with microSD expansion options. There’s also a five-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera.
When we first picked up the Yoga tablet, it felt a bit heavy, but the cylindrical handle negates the heaviness and it feels very natural to use the tablet in single hand ‘hold mode‘. Full points to Lenovo for thinking different, as most other OEMs these days think tablets are just bigger versions of smartphones. The build quality is top-notch, with aluminum back panel adding to the looks.
Over the past few days, I’ve had several people asking if the Yoga tablet is a Windows device. And I don’t blame them for that. Lenovo Yoga ultrabooks have become extremely popular in recent months, so it’s all but natural for some to think Yoga tablet is also Windows based. But then, it’s an Android tablet, running 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Lenovo is trying to use the highly popular Yoga brand for this tablet, specially since it comes with multi-mode design: Hold, Tilt, and Stand.
The initial impressions have all been positive, but that’s mostly to do with the form factor and build quality. The real challenge is to see how well the tablet performs and how good the battery is. We shall be back with our detailed review soon. Let us know if you have any specific question regarding the Yoga tablet.