Lenovo unveils first multimode Yoga Tablet

Lenovo unveils first multimode Yoga Tablet

Nov 12, 2013

Lenovo has debuted its first multimode Yoga Tablet at a live stream launch event with Ashton Kutcher, the company’s newest product engineer. Known for pioneering innovative multimode devices like the Yoga convertible laptop, Lenovo now brings people a new way to get the most out of their tablet experience.

The game-changing Yoga Tablet features three unique modes, giving consumers a better way to use a tablet. With hold, tilt and stand modes, the tablet adapts to the way people use it, instead of forcing people to adapt to the technology. Additionally, the Yoga Tablet has up to 18 hours of battery life to fit with users’ ultra mobile lifestyles.

“Watching and discovering that people frequently use tablets in three main ways allowed us to break the mould on the current ‘sea of sameness’ designs, giving them a better way to read, browse, watch and interact with content,” says Liu Jun, senior VP and president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo.

“As consumers continue to demand innovative multimode designs, we’re thrilled to have Ashton Kutcher on board to help further develop the immersive and complementary hardware and rich content experience.”

One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to tablets. 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.

With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit in an individual’s hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the Web easy, and mimics the way people hold magazines when reading.

To convert the Yoga Tablet into stand mode, 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 10-finger touchscreen, without having to rely on add-on accessories.

Users can lie the Yoga Tablet down in tilt mode to type directly on the tablet, play games or 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’s multimode design not only provides a better usability experience, but it also offers longer battery life of up to 18 hours. Its cylindrical handle packs in powerful, dual batteries typically 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 16Gb or 32Gb 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.

Extremely mobile, the models weigh in at 600g for the 10-in model and 400g for the 8-in model. They feature high definition 1 280 x 800 displays, a 5MP auto focus rear camera, an additional front camera, a micro SD expansion slot allowing up to 64Gb of total storage, WiFi and optional 3G, a micro USB connection and Dolby DS 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. Lenovo also offers a portfolio of services solutions for the Yoga Tablet including warranty extensions, upgrades and premium technical support.

The Yoga Tablet will be available in South Africa at the end of November, starting at R3 999.00 for the 8-inch model and R4 499.00 for the 10-inch model.