Lenovo Yoga Tablets Announced: Android 4.2, 18-Hours Battery Life, Starts at $249
Lenovo isn’t new to the Android tablet space, but their tablets haven’t so far managed to stand out from the rest. Today’s announcement changes that for good. The new Lenovo Yoga tablets takes in all the goodness factors we saw on the Lenovo Yoga laptop like the multiple viewing modes and stupendous battery life, but in the tablet form factor. Lenovo had roped in Ashton Kutcher to promote this tablet, and he took care of the unveiling today and he did that with aplomb.
The Android Jelly Bean (4.2) device comes in an 8-inch and 10-inch model and will be available tomorrow for $249 and $299, respectively. 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.
The design of Lenovo Yoga Tablet is reminiscent of the NotionInk Adam tablet and Sony Tablet S with a curvy cylindrical handle on one side, which allows you to use the tablet in three different modes:
- Hold Mode: It’s designed to fit an individual’s hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands. It makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.
- Stand Mode: In this mode the cylindrical handle converts itself into a stand, and can be used on a desk or table. Users can change the viewing angle to fit what’s comfortable for them from 110° to 135°. It makes it easy for users to comfortably watch movies, place video calls and interact with the ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.
- Tilt Mode: In this mode, users can type in directly on the tablet, play games and just surf the Internet with a better viewing angle.
Lenovo says that the cylindrical handle has also helped them to beef up the battery. The Yoga tablet is powered by dual batteries, similar in power to those used in laptops, and the company estimates battery life to be around 18 hours in reading mode. The 8-inch and 10-inch models have 6000mAh and 9000mAh of battery respectively.
There are a lot of things to be impressed about in Lenovo Yoga tablet. Useful multi-modes, stupendous battery life, high quality build and design are welcome. Sadly, the internals are a big letdown. A better screen (1080p) accompanies with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 would have done a world of good to these tablets.
If you are interested to buy one of them, you should know that the 8-inch model is exclusive to Best Buy for now, while the 10-inch model is coming to Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and lenovo’s own online store, starting tomorrow. In addition, the matching Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover will be available for $69.