Don’t say we didn’t warn you. We did tell you a few weeks ago that Lenovo was this close to rolling out new members of the Yoga family of flexible tablets, this time running Android, and earlier today, an 8 and 10-incher have gone official.
Dubbed simply the Yoga 8 and Yoga 10, these look like fairly distant relatives of Windows-based Yogas and not just because they come with a different operating system. The designs are also an entirely different kettle of fish, with less flexibility and productivity for the fresh slates.
Yet the Yogas should find a comfy spot under the Android sun relatively easy, since their built-in kickstands are bound to be considered innovative in this particular landscape. But what exactly is the use of the tiny accessories? After all, they don’t include physical keyboards.
No, they don’t, but they can help you use the tabs in three unique modes, each destined for specific tasks (stand, hold and tilt modes), plus they up the battery life ante to a stellar 18 hours in continuous use.
On the not so bright side, the spec sheets are, how shall I put it delicately, outdated. Like reminiscent of 2011 technology. Both the 8 and 10-incher sport 1,280 x 800 pix res screens, pack 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek CPUs, 1 gig of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage. Oh, well, at least you get pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, optional 3G and decent 5 MP rear cams.
Besides, the smaller individual is to cost $249 and the bigger will be $299 in its base configuration, so the value for money is overall… let’s say fair. Not extraordinary, but fair.