“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, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo.
Lenovo has 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.
With a cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit an individual’s hand and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.
To get a stand mode, one rotates the side cylinder 90 degrees 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 degrees.
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.
The Yoga Tablet’s multimode offers battery life of up to 18 hours. Its cylindrical handle packs in powerful, dual batteries which are found in laptops. The Yoga Tablet can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go.
The 10 inch and 8 inch models run on MT8125 for WiFi models and MT8389 Quad Core processors for 3G models with 16 or 32 GB capacity and feature Android 4.2. Also equipped with Dolby® audio, Yoga Tablet’s front-facing speakers create a powerful surround sound experience through the device speakers and with headphones.
The two devices weighs 612g for the 10-in model and 399g for the 8-in model. They feature high definition 1280 x 800 displays, a 5 MP auto focus rear camera plus an additional front camera, a micro SD expansion slot, allowing up to 64 GB of total storage, WiFi and optional 3G in select countries and a micro USB connection and Dolby DS1 for rich audio.
Lenovo offers an optional Bluetooth keyboard for the 10-in model that functions as a cover and even wakes up the tablet when it’s removed and puts the tablet to sleep when it’s attached. Users can also opt for a WD100 dongle in select countries to stream video content from the tablet wirelessly to a TV.
The company is also offering a portfolio of services solutions for the Yoga Tablet including warranty extensions, upgrades and premium technical support.
The tablets will cost $249 and $299 for the 8-in and 10-in respectively and will be available starting on October 30. The Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover costs $69 available the same time.