Lenovo Announces "Convertible" Yoga Tablets with 18-Hour Battery Life
October 29, 2013 10:53 PM
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Ashton Kutcher, the new spokesman for Lenovo, and the Yoga Tablet
Lenovo's new 8" and 10" Android tablets feature three operating modes
That tablet wars are starting to heat up. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a
couple of fresh
Windows 8.1-based tablets
enter the market along with second generation
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets
. We’ve even seen a
Windows RT-based entry from Nokia
along with the new
iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
Now it’s Lenovo’s turn (again), and the hardware maker is looking to turn a few heads with its new Yoga Tablet. The Yoga Tablet lives up to its namesake by including three modes of operation:
: Makes it easier to handle the device when reading, making the device more akin to holding a magazine or a book.
: By rotating the cylindrical portion of the tablet’s body, a stand pops out that provides an adjustable viewing angle from 110 degrees to 135 degrees. This mode is beneficial when watching movies or interacting with the tablet on a hard surface.
: In this mode, the Yoga Tablet can be placed on a desk to allow for easier typing, internet surfing, and playing games.
Under the hood, the Yoga Tablet packs in a 1.2GHz Cortex-A7-derived quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and your choice of either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage (a microSD slot is included for additional storage expansion). Other features include 5MP rear camera, a front-facing camera, and optional 3G connectivity.
Unfortunately, the Android-based tablets — which are available in 8” and 10” varieties — only come with a 1280x800 display. Also, the Android 4.2.2 operating system is a step behind Google’s most recent offerings.
The Yoga Tablet weighs in a 1.35 pounds for the 10” model, and a 0.88 pounds for the 8” model. Both are good for up to 18 hours of battery life.
The Yoga Tablets will be available on October 30, with the 8” model going for $249 and the 10” model coming in a $299.
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RE: Good for Lenovo
10/30/2013 3:11:48 PM
I'll third this. I bought a Lenovo refurb for use as a HTPC. The online specs for that model listed an HDMI port, but when I got the laptop it didn't have an HDMI port, which is kind of an important feature if you're going to use the laptop as a HTPC. I was expecting to have to argue with the rep about it so spent an hour preparing by finding Lenovo brochures and tech specs for that model which all listed HDMI, no mention of "optional". The call was anti-climactic and lasted all of 2 minutes. I explained the problem, and the rep immediately set up the RMA without any further questions. They even emailed me a pre-paid shipping label.
It really seems like they kept most of the old IBM Thinkpad support system in place. It was good enough for me to pick up a different model Lenovo for the HTPC.
RE: Good for Lenovo
10/30/2013 5:08:14 PM
I was really impressed with Lenovo in my last job. Over the 3+ years I was there, I purchased over 300 Lenovo T series laptops for our users (Mostly T500, T510 and T520, with a few T400, T410 and T420 as well). In all that time, only 2 failed other than user abuse (a few broken screens) and hard drives. Literally 2 units failed. 1 got bricked during a BIOS flash and one other was no power/no post. That isn't just good, its insane. I was absolutely amazed.
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