Yoga Tablet 2 Gets Refreshed with Both Windows 8 and Android Flavors

Lenovo is adding a little variety to their Yoga Tablet line. With the Yoga Tablet 2 refresh announced today in London, the tablets will now be coming in two sizes and running two operating systems, in addition to the larger Yoga Tablet 2 Pro also announced today.

The Yoga Tablet 2 will be available in 8″ or 10.1″ display sizes and with either Android 4.4 KitKat or Windows 8.1. Regardless of which one you’re getting, the internal specs won’t change too much. All of the new tablets run on 1.86 GHz quad-core Intel Atom processors with 2 GB of RAM, and will sport 1920 x 1200 10-point multitouch displays with a 178 degree viewing angle. They’ll all get the same 8 MP f/2.2 auto focus rear cameras and 1.6 MP front cameras as the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, as well. Dual-band Wi-Fi (not 802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity are also part of these new tablets, along with optional 4G connectivity for certain markets, not including the United States. They will all have dual front-facing speakers powered by Dolby Audio, as well.

Like the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, these new tablets will add hang mode to the hold, tilt, and stand modes that were already found on Yoga Tablets. Hang mode is for hanging on walls and surfaces, while tilt mode keeps the tablet closer to parallel with the ground and stand mode props the tablet upright for movie watching. Hold mode tucks away the hinge so you can hold the tablet to read eBooks, which is probably more useful with these tablets than the much larger Pro version.

There is a little divergence between these tablets. Only the 10.1″ Windows 8.1 tablet will have a Micro HDMI out port, for starters. The Android tablets will enjoy better battery life, at about 18 hours, although the Windows 8.1 tablets don’t lag too far behind at 15 hours.

The Android versions of the Yoga Tablet 2 are on sale as of today in 16 GB configurations, with a Micro SD card slot that supports up to 64 GB. The 8″ and 10.1″ models will sell for $250 and $300, respectively. The Windows versions will come later, and will have 32 GB of internal storage with the same Micro SD card slot. The 10.1″ model will hit stores later this month for $400, while the 8″ model will be available online through Lenovo come November for $300. The Android versions will come in silver, while the Windows tablets will come in ebony black.