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Lenovo adds some firepower to its Yoga 10

Lenovo today announced an update to its poplar Yoga tablet family. The original Yoga tablets were announced back in October in 8” and 10” varieties. Both machines were decidedly at the “budget” end of the spectrum with dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7-based processors and a screen resolution of only 1280x800.
Lenovo is looking to right its previous wrongs with the new Yoga 10 HD+. The new 10” tablet ditches the 800p display for a Full HD (1920x1200) unit instead. Lenovo also bumped the processor specs by throwing in a 1.6GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM.

Lenovo provides 16GB or 32GB storage options, and a microSD slot can accommodate up to 64GB of additional storage.
Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, optional 3G wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1.6MP front camera. The Yoga 10 HD+ promises batter life of up to 18 hours thanks to its 9000 mAh battery. Interestingly, this is the same rated battery life as its predecessor despite the upgraded display and faster processor.

Lenovo is shipping the Yoga 10 HD+ with Android 4.3, but promises than an over-the-air update to Android 4.4 KitKat will be provided at a later date.
The Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ will be available in April with prices starting at $349 for the 16GB model.

Sources: Lenovo [1], [2]

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No GPU info available?
By st1cky on 2/23/2014 5:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
The GPU is a pretty big deal when comparing tablets, curious if this new tablet getting the new Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU chip or the older Tegra(4)?

RE: No GPU info available?
By fteoath64 on 2/24/2014 3:50:43 AM , Rating: 2
No way is this getting a K1 gpu chip!. Firstly, it cannot be paired with a Snapdragon SoC. Nvidia's SoC uses their own Arm core, so the gpu here would be your standard Snapdragon S400 gpu which is rather weak in today's term yet pushing 1920X1200 is a serious strain on gaming here. I suppose the target is more casual usage in web browing and video viewing which would be ok for the SoC.
Besides, a K1 power tablet would more start at $450 price point especially pushing 2K displays.

RE: No GPU info available?
By BRB29 on 2/24/2014 7:40:06 AM , Rating: 2
K1 is expensive from what I've read. It definitely won't be in anything priced at $349 unless Lenovo doesn't like profits.

I'm not sure about that bump at the side of the tablet. Sure, it has its uses but it just limited which side I can hold the tablet. It also makes storage a little more complicated. Because it's angled laying flat, it is easier to break if you drop something or sit on it by accident.

I think Lenovo is trying too hard and it will hurt its sale. Tablets should look simple and elegant. It should work flawlessly, excellent screen, long battery life and a lag free touch interface. Differentiation should be through accessories.

Still a low end CPU
By hubb1e on 2/23/2014 2:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
The quad core snapdragon 400 is still an A7 based CPU so it is still low end but at least it has a little more frequency.

That Sound You
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: That Sound You
By The Von Matrices on 2/23/2014 4:57:06 PM , Rating: 1
This isn't even remotely comparable to a Windows laptop.

This laptop isn't even running ChromeOS; it's running Android. Since when is Android good for much other than content consumption. Have you ever tried to use Android with a mouse? This laptop is also running a Snapdragon 400 processor, which slower than what is shipped in high end smartphones today. My smartphone freezes when trying to open large PDFs, and this laptop has about the same power. What can you do with this other than check Facebook and watch videos?

You make it seem as if this Android laptop is in the same market as Windows OS. It's not.

RE: That Sound You
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/14, Rating: -1
RE: That Sound You
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 5:25:14 PM , Rating: 1
HP has always offered their own version of Unix. Dell has been offering Linux offerings for years. So non-Windows machines from Windows OEMs is nothing new. You are making a huge leap to go from Lenevo offering an Android tablet to Windows imploding.

RE: That Sound You
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2014 6:02:47 PM , Rating: 1
The difference is nobody uses desktop Linux distros. Come on, it was never competition.

This is Android. Microsoft desperately wants what Google has. A viable app marketplace, a large mobile presence.

Windows imploding? Hardly.

RE: That Sound You
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 6:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
245 000 apps. 4 billion downloads. 440% growth in revenues from their app store since Windows Phone 8 launched. Doesn't sound like an app store that is in any trouble.

RE: That Sound You
By nikon133 on 2/23/2014 5:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
Only because 5-10 years ago you didn't have much else to put on your computer, and tablets/smartphones didn't exist. So yes, it was unthinkable, but not for reasons you are emphasizing.

RE: That Sound You
By nikon133 on 2/23/2014 5:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? First two Lenovo tablets - original ThinkPad Tablet and IdeaPad - were Androids, if I recall correctly. ThinkPad Tablet 2 was x86 Windows, and new ThinkPad 8 Tablet is also Windows x86; but there was nowhere said that Lenovo is dropping Android, especially that their smartphones are Androids.

The sucking sound you have heard happened in your head only. For rest of the world, Lenovo's business seems to be as usual.

RE: That Sound You
By nikon133 on 2/23/2014 5:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of which, Lenovo I just found this in another DailyTech article:

"Besides new features being added to Windows (phone) 8.1 itself, Microsoft also announced new hardware partners including Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE.

“We are pleased to add these new partners to our expanding Windows Phone ecosystem. They will be key contributors to continued growth across price points and geographies for Windows Phone,” said Parker."

So basically, Lenovo is keeping Android they started their tablets with before they introduced Windows tablets, and also is expected to introduce new Windows Phone devices shortly.

To me, it looks like Lenovo is slowly shifting from Android back to Windows.

RE: That Sound You
By atechfan on 2/23/2014 6:02:00 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe that Lenevo is smart enough to know that selling both makes economic sense.

RE: That Sound You
By fteoath64 on 2/24/2014 4:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yes!. You got it!. Lenovo is a big enough company with huge global reach and can afford to support multiple product types to cater for its diverse business base. Few big companies know how to do this!.
Why is Lenovo successful when it could have sold plenty of PCs to the china market ?. But instead it beefed up its global offering to be competitive and win sales because of that. It is one really well run company out there and this is a real scarcity.

RE: That Sound You
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2014 8:48:52 AM , Rating: 1
Kind of my point. It never made economic sense before for Microsoft hardware OEM's to invest in a competing platform. Now we have Android devices and Chromebooks poping up left and right.

I guess we'll start seeing anti-Lenovo adds from MS next.

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