Lenovo Unveils Its First Multimode Yoga Tablet
Debuts three innovative modes and up to 18 hours of battery life
LOS ANGELES -- October 29, 2013: Multimode computing leader Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today debuted its first multimode Yoga Tablet at a livestream 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 an
amazing up to 18 hours of battery life(1) to truly fit users' ultra mobile lifestyles.
“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. “As consumers’ continue to demand innovative
multimode designs we’re thrilled to have Ashton Kutcher on board with us
to help further develop the immersive and complementary hardware and
rich content experience.”
Yoga Tablet: Three Modes And Longer Battery Life Give Tablets A Better Way
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. These scenarios inspired Lenovo to break the mold on the “sea
of sameness” design and to create Yoga Tablet’s unique modes.
With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode
is designed to fit an individual’s hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier
to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets
require two hands. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how 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
ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.
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. 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.
Yoga Tablet’s multimode design not only provides a better usability
experience, it offers dramatically longer battery life of up to 18 hours(1),
which is significantly more than the amount of typical tablets. Its
cylindrical handle packs in powerful, dual batteries and unlike most
tablets, it uses batteries typically found in laptops. The Yoga Tablet
can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go(2). 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.
Extremely mobile, both
models are featherweights weighing in at 1.35 lbs for the 10-in model
and 0.88 lbs 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.
Lenovo also offers a portfolio of services solutions for the Yoga Tablet
including warranty extensions, upgrades and premium technical support.
Pricing and Availability3
MSRP is $249 and $299, for the 8-in and 10-in, respectively. Starting
on Oct. 30, the 8-in model will be available exclusively at Best Buy
stores and www.lenovo.comwhile the 10-in model will be available via major retailers including Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Fry’s, Newegg.com and www.lenovo.com. The Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover is $69 and will be available beginning Oct. 30 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
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