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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch and 10.1-inch) hands-on and first impressions

We take a look at the successors to the Yoga Tablet series. We go hands-on, and give you our first impressions about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet series!
October 9, 2014

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet series was first introduced in October last year, with an upgraded 10-inch variant introduced at MWC earlier this year. While these tablets didn’t feature the most high-end of specifications, what made them stand out was the unique design language, that included a cylindrical extension at the bottom, that only housed a large battery, but included a built-in kickstand, allowing you to place the tablet in a position suited to your needs, either raised while typing, or standing, while viewing media. A year later, the successor to the original Yoga Tablet series is finally here. Today, we go hands-on, and give you our first impressions about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2!

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Of course, the Yoga Tablet 2 also features the same design element that defined this series, with the kickstand embedded into the back of the device. This time, there is an additional aspect to it though, with there being a hole at the center, allowing you to hang the tablet from any particular apparatus, when the kickstand is flat, letting you use the tablet in a different way, even if its usability in this form is somewhat questionable. Other than that, the kickstand still functions the same way as you may remember it.

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Under the kickstand is where you will also find the microSD card slot under a flap, allowing you to bolster the 16 GB of on-board storage that is already available. The tablet itself boasts a sturdy metal construction that looks and feels premium. It is also sleek, with a tapered edge making the point opposite the kickstand and battery cylinder very thin.

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With regards to hardware, you get an 8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, resulting in a pixel density of 283 ppi. Under the hood is an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, clocked at 1.86 GHz, backed by 2 GB of RAM. Of course, there is a 10-inch iteration available as well, which features specifications and features that are identical to its 8-inch counterpart. This also includes the display resolution though, resulting in a lower pixel count of around 224 ppi. Both tablets also feature a 2 MP rear shooter, that definitely isn’t going to be its marquee feature, but should be serviceable in a pinch. Another big feature of the Yoga Tablet series is the great battery life, and that makes a return here as well, with a promise of 18 hours of battery life available with both tablets.

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The kickstand is obviously the best part of these tablets, and while its additional feature is something you may or may not use, it is still otherwise very useful. A slew of accessories will also be available for both tablets, but a good accessory that will be available for the 10-inch version is an Accutype Blueooth keyboard cover, that will not only serve as a protective case for the device, but basically be an integrated keyboard for the tablet.

So there you have it – a first look at the Lenovo Yoga 2 8-inch and 10-inch tablets! The tablets will be available for $249.99 and $299.99 respectively for the 8-inch and 10-inch iterations, which gives you solid mid-range tablet at a great price.

What do you think of think of the Yoga Tablet 2 series? Is it something you’d consider picking up? Let us know in the comments section below!