Lenovo Debuts Multimode Yoga Tablet, Form Factor Experiments Persist

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Few companies are exploring different takes on tablet form factors the way Lenovo has, and the latest from the company--the multimode Yoga Tablets 8 and 10--are no exception. And frankly, these look like winners, at least in terms of design.

The key design feature of the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 (8- and 10-inch tablets, respectively) turns a problem into a solution. To offer longer battery life, Lenovo used a thick, cylindrical battery that offers up to 18 hours of juice, and that cylinder is also a pivoting hinge that, paired with a unobtrusive kickstand, lets you use the device in three positions.

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You can hold it like a normally would a tablet, with the battery offering a comfortable grip in portrait mode, or you can use the kickstand to either lay it nearly flat for convenient hands-free use or stand it up to view it like you would any desktop or laptop display.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10

The Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 feature Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and run on a quad-core MT8125 (1.2GHz) processor with 1280x800-res displays, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot, 5MP rear and 1.6MP HD front cameras, and 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. They sport dual front-facing speakers and a microphone with noise reduction as well as micro USB, micro SIM, and 3.5mm audio ports.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10

These are rather affordable tablets, too, especially considering their respective sizes: The 10-inch version is just $299, while the 8-inch model is $249. The 8-incher will be available October 30th in Best Buy stores, and the Yoga Tablet 10 will be widely available from a number of retailers soon.
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HanyangXu replied on Tue, Oct 29 2013 11:42 PM

Dat resolution though :(

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 30 2013 1:14 AM

Which i dont understand since that processor supports up to full hd 1920x1080. Im guessing they did to help it get that 18 hour battery life they promised which is really good all things considered. But im concerned about its performance. i guess they went this route for price but the nexus 7 trumps it in everything but design and battery. i would still get a nexus 7 and a stand case. Its beautiful though thats for sure

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sevags replied on Wed, Oct 30 2013 1:21 AM

It's the exact shape and look as an Apple Magic Pad down to the power button. I use my magic pad in my hands often and mentioned to a friends the battery barrel makes for a comfortable secure grip so this tablet design makes sense.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 30 2013 1:35 AM

which in a conspiracy theorist kind of way makes sense since Ashton Kutcher is the promoter and well he did play steve jobs in the steve jobs movie.

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I was expecting a little more from all of the #betterway hype. This is a little disappointing - hopefully the Google reveal soon will make me feel better. What the heck is with that resolution? Embarrassing for a 10" tablet.

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scolaner replied on Wed, Oct 30 2013 10:33 AM

No arguments here about the lower res, although frankly I'd trade a power-sucking hi-res display for more hours of battery. These are also really low-cost devices, so Lenovo has cut corners here and there on specs, which isn't the worst thing in the world.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 30 2013 11:44 PM

hmmmm id personally take the "rated" 8 hours less on the nexus 7 than this device for about the same price. Granted its smaller but the specs and screen blow it out of the water. Its not the worst thing in the world but i want to enjoy using my 10 inch tablet. After being exposed to 1080 on tablets i just cant go back

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