Approximately a year ago Lenovo launched a new range of tablets, namely the Yoga Tablet series with 8” and 10” screens which then stood up thanks to their case incorporated support and great autonomy.
Now at its second generation, Yoga Tablet series bring better specifications, versions of Windows 8.1 and a Pro version with 13.3”.
In terms of design the four new 8 and 10 Android and Windows Yoga Tablet models have very little differences to the previous ones, enjoying the same silver case made of aluminium, the same bottom cylinder which encases a large capacity battery and the same collapsible support.
Compared to the previous versions Lenovo has cut off a portion from the support in order to allow for hanging the tablet by any support system we might have within reach. Even though the exterior presents very little change, the inside was definitely the main focus.
All tablets from the Yoga 2 series use Intel Atom Z3745 processors, a welcome change from the old MediaTek chips and offer 2 GB RAM memory, 16 GB memory for Android versions and 32 GB for the Windows ones as well as front stereo speakers.
Lenovo states that the high capacity batteries will offer the same impressive autonomy we have seen at the last series: up to 18 hours for the Android versions and up to 15 for the Windows one. Both the 8” and the 10” editions have IPS screens with resolutions of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
The tablets are available both with Android 4.4 and with Windows 8.1 giving the user a choice between the dimensions of the gadget and its operating system as well. Specification list also includes an 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi mode, Bluetooth 4.0, a Micro SD slot for cards with capacities up to 64 GB and optionally a 4G modem (with the exception of the 8” Windows model).
8” screen tablets’ dimensions are 210 x 149 x 2.7-7 mm and weigh either 419 grams (Android) or 426 grams (Windows). 10” tablets’ sizes are 255 x 183 x 3-7.2 mm and weigh 619 grams (for Android) or 620 grams (for Windows).
Together with the four Yoga Tablet 2 models Lenovo has also launched a larger pad , the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
Available only in Android version, the tablet has the same hardware specifications as the simple 10” models but offer an IPS screen with a diagonal of 13.3” and 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution.
The audio system has been enhanced as well, offering larger surroundings, a small subwoofer and an 8W amplifier.
Another particular characteristic is the inclusion of a video micro-projector with basic standards with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and a power of 50 lumens. Yoga Tablet 2 devices of 8″ and 10” with Android will be available for about 250 respectively 300 US dollars.
The similar devices running on Windows 8.1 will be available for purchase for prices ranging around 300, respectively 400 dollars, while the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will cost 500 dollars. Local availability is unknown for now.