Expanding its lineup of convertible devices, Lenovo has just added two more new Yoga devices to their list of offerings, the Lenovo Yoga 3 and the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. First one is a flexible 11 –inch or 14-inch convertible tablet laptop device, the second an 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 and sporting the innovative AnyPen technology. If you feel like you will need one of them, let’s check what hides in their flexible bodies.
Lenovo Yoga 3 fully convertible laptop-tablet
Due to two special hinges that rotate in a full circle of 360 degrees, the fully convertible Lenovo Yoga 3 laptop provides its future users with four modes of positioning the device: laptop, stand, tend and tablet. Running Windows 8.1 both screen sizes come with identical 1080p IPS touch screens, but they differ significantly when it comes to processor. The bigger 14-inch version is powered by the 5th gen Core i7, whereas the more compact 11-inch model houses a Core M processor.
As for the other specs, two variants of the Yoga 3 come with the same 8GB RAM (with the bigger version having room for GeForce GPU) and support for Wi-Fi, three USB ports (including two USB 3.0), card slot and HDMI port. In addition, the new Yoga sports JBL stereo speakers labeled with Waves Audio certification and a 720p camera. There’s also a batter that delivers its users 6.5 hours of use, but, sadly, so far Lenovo hasn’t unveiled its capacity parameters.
Though sporting similar hardware parameters, both models vary considerably when taking into account their size parameters. The 11-inch Lenovo Yoga 3 measures 15.8mm thick and weights 1.1kg, in comparison the 14-inch version is heavier by 0.5kg or more if you want the version with 500GB SSHD instead of basic 256GB SSD. Furthermore, the good looking body of the Yoga 3 is finished with only 0.72-inch bezels, which in practice means that thanks to improved sceen-to-body ratio the 14-inchYoga 3 has the same physical dimensions as its 13-inch predecessor.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen technology
Next up to the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, the device is the company’s smallest Windows-based tablet featuring an 8-inch fullHD display with AnyPen technology. So, instead of using a special stylus for the input, the tablet users are free to write on the screen with almost every pen unless it conducts electricity. What about scratches? Well, although Lenovo claims that the Yoga Tablet 2 display is quite durable, they simultaneously emphasize that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the screen is scratch-proof, so be careful when using it.
Belonging to the convertible Yoga lineup, the new tablet thanks to a built-in kickstand can be set in four different modes: hold, tilt, stand and hang. It is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core processor paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via microSD cards.
The tablet sports also two front-facing speakers with Dolby audio and Wolfson Master noise reduction under the tablet’s hood. In the terms of optics the slate offers us an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter. Furthermore, the cylindrical battery pack is reported to deliver up to 15 hours of work and entertainment.
Moving on to availability and pricing details, the Yoga 3 will be launch no sooner than in March. Its 11-inch version is said to cost something round $800, while the 14-inch model will hit the market with prices starting from $980. When it comes to the Yoga Tablet 2, the slate will be available this month at Best Buy for $300.