Lenovo had been teasing some new products recently. The teasing included a mix of YouTube videos and the #betterway hashtag. Many will likely remember the videos as they were suggesting a tablet that, in general, was easier to use and sporting more features. Well, coming out of the livestream launch event with Ashton Kutcher, Lenovo has announced the Yoga Tablet which will be available in an 8-inch and 10-inch variant.
Both display sizes will have a 1280 x 800 resolution and 178 degree viewing angle. They will also both share many of the same features, including an MT8125 quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But putting the traditional hardware specs to the side, Lenovo has the Yoga Tablet equipped with what they are referring to as "three innovative modes."
Those modes refer to the bump out that you see on the tablet. They are further described as being options to hold, tilt and stand the tablet. The tilt and stand modes are a bit more obvious in terms of explanation. But with that in mind, Lenovo does have a bit more to say about the hold mode.
In fact, they are touting the Yoga Tablet as being one that "is designed to fit an individuals hand" and one that is "easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands." For this, Lenovo looks towards physics and mentions how the tablet has a center of gravity closer to the hand, as opposed to a center of gravity that is in the center of the tablet. In theory, this should make it easier to hold with one hand.
Otherwise, looking at some of the remaining hardware and we find a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera and microSD card slot with support for cards up to 64GB in size. The Yoga Tablet will also have dual front facing speakers, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM card slot. Though, for now Lenovo has only said the 3G support would be available in "select regions."
Some of the differences between the sizes come with the battery and of course, the weight. The 8-inch model has a 6000 mAh battery and the 10-inch model has a 9000 mAh battery. The 8-inch model will weigh in at 0.88 pounds and the 10-inch model weighs in at 1.33 pounds.
That all being said, these tablets will arrive on October 30th and priced at $249 and $299 for the 8-inch and 10-inch models respectively. Both models will be available with Best Buy and Lenovo. In addition, the 10-inch model will also be available with Amazon, Fry's and Newegg. Along with the tablets, Lenovo will have a protective cover available for both models. The cover will be available in a variety of colors and priced at $29.99. The 10-inch model will also have a $69.99 keyboard cover available.