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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review

An Android tablet with a unique design, but let down by its screen
Fri Nov 15 2013, 08:45

Product Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10
Website shop.lenovo.com
Specifications 10in 1,280x800 display, Mediatek MT8125 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 1x microSD card slot, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G, 18-hour 3 Cell Lithium-Ion battery, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 261x180x21mm, 605g
Price £250


CHINESE HARDWARE FIRM Lenovo unveiled its Android powered Yoga Tablet 10 last month, a £250 10in Android device with a built-in hinged stand that allows users to use it in a variety of modes.

Lenovo launches the Yoga Tablet in Milan in box

Touted as the firm's biggest launch of the year, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet was revealed at a dramatic event in Milan, along with the announcement that the firm has hired Hollywood movie star Ashton Kutcher as a "product engineer".

The main feature of the Yoga Tablet that Lenovo has boasted about is that it will run for 18 hours. We've been testing the device to see how well it lives up to this claim and stands up against competitors in the overcrowded tablet market, such as the Google Nexus 10.

Design and build
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet has a very different design than previous Lenovo tablets and most other tablets currently available. With a new shape for Lenovo but not for the market, it has a cylindrical end design - apparently based on a folded magazine - that is reminiscent of the Sony Tablet S, which was launched in 2011.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 left side stand

Lenovo claims that this folded magazine design makes it easier and more comfortable to hang on to, which it does, when viewing in portrait mode. While it gives you something to grab with your left hand when reading a portrait based article page, for example, landscape isn't as comfortable as the Yoga Tablet feels slightly heavier at the bottom and doesn't balance as well in your hands.

The cylinder shaped end does provide some other welcome benefits though, such as a hinged stand that folds out at the back so it can be stood up in what Lenovo calls its "stand mode", allowing you to watch movies and free your hands for other things.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review - hold mode

Lenovo is touting three of these "multi-modes" in the Yoga Tablet's design: the above-mentioned "stand mode" as well as "tilt mode", which refers to placing the Yoga Tablet on a flat surface so that the rounded part angles the screen towards you, and a rather obvious "hold mode", which basically just means holding the tablet in your hand by the rounded end.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review - speakers

That said, the different modes are useful, especially compared to standard flat tablets, for which you must buy an additional case if you want to tilt or stand them up in similar positions.

There are front-facing speakers for clear sounding audio, plus a headphone jack at the right of the cylindrical end, and a power switch on the left side.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review - power switch close up

The cylindrical handle also holds a dual battery, which Lenovo compares to those "typically found in laptops" to give it 18 hours of battery life, though this is something we'll go into further detail about later.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 review - thickness

Overall, the Yoga Tablet has a solid, premium feel to it due to its half aluminium construction. The rear cover and screen surround are plastic while the stand and edge of the tablet are aluminium, making it feel strong but lightweight. Apart from the rounded end, which measures 21mm, the device is very slim and lightweight, weighing just over 600g.

Next: Display, operating system and performance.

 

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