Lenovo Group, one of the world’s largest PC makers, introduced its first multimode Yoga tablet. The product features three modes: withhold, tilt and stand. Additionally the Yoga tablet has an unprecedented 18 hours of battery life without any additional battery.
“Watching and discovering that people frequently use tablets in three main ways allowed us to break the mold on the current ‘sea of sameness’ designs, giving them a better way to read, browse, watch and interact with content,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president at Lenovo business group.
Users can lay the Yoga Tablet down in tilt mode to type directly on the tablet, play games and just surf the Internet with a better viewing angle. To further enhance the rich content and multimode tablet experience, users can enable the tablet’s auto-detection software that automatically brings up frequently used apps in hold and stand modes.
The Yoga Tablet is available in 10” and 8” variations with 1280*720 display and are based on MediaTek’s MT8125 system-on-chip that integrates four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 general-purpose cores that operate at up to 1.50GHz, Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT graphics engine as well as premium multimedia features, such as such as MiraVision video engine derived from MediaTek’s extensive Digital TV solutions. While the Cortex-A7 is far from providing decent performance in all applications possible, it may be enough for general-purpose computing, especially given extremely low power consumption of the SoC in general.
Both models feature 5MP auto focus rear camera plus an additional front camera, a micro SD expansion slot, allowing up to 64 GB of total storage, Wi-Fi and optional 3G in select countries and a micro USB connection and Dolby DS1 for rich audio.
Lenovo designers and engineers identified three challenges tablet users face: fatigue when holding and using the tablet; no self-supporting mechanism when laid on a flat surface; and an inadequate viewing angle when set on a table. These scenarios inspired Lenovo to break the mold on the “sea of sameness” design and to create Yoga tablet’s unique modes.
With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit an individual’s hand, so the Yoga tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.
To convert the Yoga tablet into stand mode, users can simply rotate the side cylinder 90° so that the tablet stand deploys, allowing the tablet to stand by itself on a desk or table. Users can change the viewing angle to fit what’s comfortable for them from 110° to 135°. Stand mode makes it easy for users to comfortably watch movies, place video calls and interact with the ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.
Pricing and Availability
The manufacturer suggested price for the tablets is $249 and $299, for the 8” and 10” models, respectively. Both products are available for purchase.