What Lenovo did for the Ultrabook, they are about to do again for the Tablet. The Yoga’s deal was already supposed to be that it was half-tablet anyway, but if you’re a tablet purist, Lenovo is now releasing a Yoga Tablet, which dispenses with the keyboard entirely.
Interestingly, the Yoga Tablet also dispenses with Windows – this one runs Android 4.2. The flexibility this time comes from a stand coming out the back of the tablet. Obviously, you can hold the thing, but with the stand, you can also stand it up like a notebook display, or use it in ’tilt’ mode, with the tablet closer to parallel with the surface. The lack of a keyboard also means that the battery had to go somewhere else. As it turns out, it’s still managed to be a pretty big one, despite the move. A new cylindrical battery (6,000 mAh or 9,000 mAh) has been stuffed into the hinge area, keeping the tablet display itself pretty thin (7.3 mm or 8.1 mm). The difference depends on which model you get – the Yoga Tablet comes in 8” and 10” variants.
Immediately you will be drawn to the unique design and solid construction. The display is also pretty impressive and overall both the 8″ and 10″ models feel great in your hands. At first, it may seem like just another Android tablet but once you take moment, this is very unique device that will certainly shake up the boring rectangle shaped tablets flooding the market.
Whichever one you opt for, you’ll get a 1280 x 800 display (178 degree viewing angle) with a 1.2 GHz quad core MT8125 processor and 1 GB of LP-DDR2 RAM. So, not great, but as it turns out, the Yoga Tablet falls into the mid-range pricing area, so it’s not too bad of a deal. Rounding out the specs are 16 GB of eMMC storage, a MicroSD card slot good for up to 64 GB more storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a MP rear camera, and a 1.6 MP front camera.
Another piece of news from the Lenovo camp today, is the announcement of Ashton Kutcher joining the Yoga Tablet bandwagon as a Product Engineer. He will be providing his expertise and marketing savvy. We will just forget he recently starred as Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The 8” Yoga Tablet will sell for $250, with the 10” model coming in at $300. The 8” will be a Best Buy exclusive, while the 10” will hit your standard list of electronics outlets starting tomorrow. Also available will be a Bluetooth keyboard cover for the 10” model, which will sell for $70.