Lenovo has announced the Yoga tablet, which comes in two different sizes, and is quite different from the usual Android tablet. Its design makes it look like part small TV, part tablet, and part Apple wireless keyboard.
At the base of the screen is a cylinder, which contains a pair of Dolby Digital Plus speakers, and a battery which should last 18 hours. At the back of this tube is a kickstand, which means you can stand the Yoga up for viewing pictures or movies. Lay the tablet down and it keeps the screen slightly elevated, making typing a more pleasurable experience.
The Yoga comes in two sizes, with either an 8-inch or a 10-inch display. The resolution remains the same at 1280 x 800, and a quad-core, 1.2GHz MediaTek processor provides the power. There’s 16GB or 32GB worth of internal storage space, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The operating system is Android 4.2, although in several screenshots, it looks distinctly like iOS. A 5-megapixel camera is fixed to the back, plus you can purchase a wireless keyboard which doubles as a screen cover when the tablet’s not in use.
Lenovo has priced the 16GB 8-inch model at £200, while the 10-inch version starts at £250. The option is there to add 3G connectivity, and this increases the price by £30, while the flashy wireless keyboard costs £80. The Yoga tablets are ready to be pre-ordered through Lenovo’s website with a shipping date in the next couple of weeks.