Lenovo launches affordable 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga tablets with unique design
Lenovo unveiled a couple of new tablets late yesterday evening, and they should both be on sale sometime today. They both run Android and are named Yoga. One is an 8-incher and the other is a 10-incher.
The main selling point here (aside from the pricing, but we’ll get to that in a bit) is the design. The Yoga tablets feature a exaggerated curve on one side of the case, as you can see in the images below. This serves a lot of purposes. First of all, it houses a very big battery that can power up to 18 hours of use – something of a record for tablets, if it actually pans out in real world use. Then there’s also the fact that this curvature hides a small roll-out kickstand, that can be used to either hold the tablet up like a laptop monitor or, if you use it the other way around, make it easier to write on its display. There are a lot of interesting uses for this kickstand/curve combo, and it’s definitely good to see a company that tries to truly innovate in tablet design.
Unfortunately though, this unique feature isn’t backed by amazing hardware innards. Both tablets feature the same screen resolution, 1,280×800, and they both come with a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A7 architecture, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 5 MP rear camera, dual front-facing Dolby-certified speakers, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show. The 8-inch model sports a 6,000 mAh battery, while the 10-incher has a 9,000 mAh unit.
So as you can see, the specs here are really nothing to get excited about in this day and age. Furthermore, the Lenovo Yoga tablets run a version of Android that’s soon to be two iterations behind what’s current, and you shouldn’t hope for a software update to come and remedy things.
But there’s some good news too. The 8-inch Lenovo Yoga will be out today at Best Buy for just $249, while the 10-inch model will get a wider release and will be priced at $299.
Those are definitely good prices for tablets of these sizes. Sure, the Nexus 7 by Asus is $229, but it has a smaller screen and doesn’t have as good battery life as the 8″ Yoga, nor the ‘curve’ thing. Of course, if you’re a bit of geek you’ll know to choose Google’s offering over Lenovo’s because of software support and the higher-res screen (even if it’s smaller), but for the ‘average Joe’ consumer category Lenovo’s new devices may at least prove interesting. Let’s wait and see.
Via Android Police