Price (RRP): $399
We haven’t seen much in the way of tablets from Lenovo for some time, but the company has something new up its sleeve, with a set of moves that few tablets can do with an accessory in the form of the Yoga tablet.
Designed to take on the competition with a unique form factor, Lenovo’s Yoga is more than just another flat 10 inch touchscreen slate with access to the web. Lenovo hopes to impress with an idea that lets your tablet do more than occupy a book sized space on your desk.
We’ll talk about the unique design of this tablet later on, but first to the specs, and it’s all pretty standard fare here, as Lenovo includes a quad-core 1.2GHz processor paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, though the latter of these is expandable through a microSD slot under the stand flap. Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” is the operating system of choice here, though it’s not stock, and Lenovo does run its own overlay over the top.
Wireless communications standards are precisely that — standard — with 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS, with no Near-Field Communication or 802.11ac present. Interestingly, we are told that Miracast is supported via an optional dongle.
All of this sits under a 10.1 inch screen boasting the high-definition resolution of 1280×800, which provides 149 pixels per inch of clarity.
You can still rely on wired ports, and for that there’s a single microUSB port on the left most side, while the 3.5mm headset jack is in the right hand circle of the hinge.
Cameras seem to be a normal thing for tablets, and you’ll find a 5 megapixel rear on the back of the tablet and the hinge, while the front camera is a 1.6 megapixel shooter.
The battery isn’t removable, and sits inside the hinge, boasting 9000mAh of juice.
Lenovo hasn’t been in the tablet game for some time, and the last time we saw something from the company, it was a two-pronged attack with one device for business people, and another for the more casual user.
Times appear to have changed, and while Lenovo still makes machines for business-people, its latest tablet is made for everyone. Called the Yoga, it’s meant for casual anywhere use thanks to a stand that can make the tablet stand up or lie tilted, or even just ignored and held in the hand.
We’ll give credit where credit is due, and in the Yoga, Lenovo has actually made an Android tablet look and feel excellent.
There’s an aluminium chassis that truly provides some strength, making this tablet feel more substantial than some of the plastic bodied tablets that grace our desk on a regular basis.