With Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet, the company has reimagined the tablet form factor, just like it did with the IdeaPad Yoga range of notebooks with its 360-degree flipping hinge. The new Yoga Tablet has three usage “modes”, and while the specs may seem modest for an Android tablet, the new Yoga Tablet clearly hints at a flagship variant that we will see sooner rather than later.
Lenovo announced two variants of the Yoga Tablet, the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, with both sharing identical hardware save for the different screen sizes. Both tablets feature aluminium alloy casings, and are powered by a MediaTek MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (a 32GB variant is available for the Yoga Tablet 10), and a 5MP rear camera with a 1.6MP front-facing module. Both the 8-inch and 10.1-inch displays sport a similar 1280 x 800 resolution display.
The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 will run on Android 4.2.2, but perhaps the most impressive part of the specs list is in the battery life: Lenovo is touting an amazing 18 hours of use on the Yoga Tablet – up to two times of other tablets in the market today.
Of course, the specs tell half the story with the Yoga Tablets. The design somewhat mirrors that of the Sony Tablet S, which had a wedge design that lifts the display for a better viewing angle. The Yoga Tablet, however, shifts the centre of gravity towards the cylindrical side of the tablet by housing the battery, allowing it to be more comfortable to use with one hand. Further, Lenovo also fitted a kickstand on the tablet, thus giving it the three usage modes – Hold, Stand and Tilt. Lenovo is also offering an optional Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as a magnetic cover for the tablet.
With such innovation under the hood, it’s amazing how Lenovo has fitted them all into a tablet that will only retail for $249 for the Yoga Tablet 8 and $299 for the Yoga Tablet 10. Of course, the specs are hardly cutting edge, but for once it looks like the outer shell is far more interesting than whats inside, which leaves me feeling certain that Lenovo will be offering a higher end variant soon enough.