Lenovo has come up with a new design of tablets as part of their Yoga line-up. The tablet can be used while it is set in standing, tilted or holding posture. The tablets would each have a 10 inch and an 8 inch variant, with the 8 inch version coming with a price tag of $249, while the 10 inch model would cost $299.
The 10 inch tablet would be available throughout the US with multiple stores offering the tablet on their shelves, while the 8 inch variant would be available only at Lenovo.com and Best Buy online store. Both would be available from 30 October. The 10 inch model also has an additional offer from Lenovo, that of a Bluetooth keyboard for $69 more.
However, the most unique aspect of the new Yoga range of Android tablet is the design by which the tablet can be made to stand using the built in kick stand. Also, the kickstand does not jut out like most other such contraption does. It is also placed in such a way that gripping the tablet with the kick stand tucked in is also quite comfortable, in which case it resembles a folded magazine. With the new design, the tablet can be made to recline from 110 to 135 degrees, which allows for slotting the tablet at a an angle for the best convenience.
So far as hardware specifications go, both tablets would have MediaTek MT8125 quad core processors at their core running at 1.2 GHz. The screen resolutions would be 1280 x 800 pixels and have 178 viewing angles. RAM would be 1 GB and storage space will be 16 GB, expandable via a microSD card slot to 64 GB. The tablet also comes with a microUSB OTG port while the OS would be Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
To make for the best multimedia experience, the new Yoga tablet comes with front facing stereo speakers. The tablets also come with a dual camera set up where the front facing would be of 1.6 MP and rear camera being of 5 MP. Other features of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth would also figure on the tablets with jack for connecting the headset and have built-in mic with noise cancellation function in it. 3G capable models would also be available in some regions.
The battery pack for the two models would naturally be different with the 8 inch one sporting a 6000 mAh battery pack and the 10 inch sporting a 9000 mAh battery pack. Also, the battery used is not of the slab types that are used in tablet like devices and are more costly. Instead, these are of the conventional cylindrical types that cost less and hence have made it possible for Lenovo to keep cost of the device low. Also the use of battery along the side has ensured the weight of the device to be centered more along the side than it is with most other tablet devices. In any case, the 8 inch version weighs a comfortable 14 ounce while the 10 inch Yoga tablet on the other hand weighs 1.3 pounds.
Lenovo claims 18 hours of reading time with the battery but that is to be achieved with the WiFi turned off. The Yoga Tablet can also be used to charge a smartphone battery by connecting it via the USB port.