Lenovo Launches Refreshes Of The Yoga Lineby Brett Howse on October 9, 2014 5:45 PM EST
Today in London, Lenovo took the wraps off of a refresh of the entire Yoga series, starting with the new Yoga 3 Pro, then moving to the new Yoga Tablet 2, and finally, the release of a new member to the Yoga line – the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. The key feature of the Yoga series is flexibility, hence the name, and for the Yoga products it comes down to the hinge. The Lenovo Yoga line were the first laptops to feature the fold around hinge, and then later they brought a shorter version of that hinge to their Yoga tablet lines in order to allow for multiple usage modes as well.
The Yoga 2 Pro, which we reviewed earlier this year, is a 13.3 inch convertible notebook which has a hinge that can be opened 180° to let the laptop be used in the stand mode, tablet mode, and tent mode, as well as the traditional notebook mode. It is a very well implemented feature with the Yoga 2 Pro, but Lenovo thought they could do better, and with today’s announcement of the Yoga 3 Pro, Lenovo has revealed a new “Watchband Hinge” which allows the laptop to be even thinner and lighter than the Yoga 2 Pro. The new model is 17% thinner at 12.8 mm thick, and 14% lighter than the outgoing model at 1.19 kg. The hinge now has six focus points, up from two on the Yoga 2 Pro, and the watchband hinge is constructed of more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminum. The 13.3 inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display is back, but we do not know yet if it still has a RGBW matrix or not. The display is now covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. One weak spot of the Yoga 2 Pro is the audio quality, especially when using the device in multiple modes which can have the speakers pointed away from the listener. Lenovo hopes to address this shortcoming with JBL speakers with Waves Audio which adjusts the audio depending on which mode the device is in. The Yoga 3 Pro is powered by the Intel Core-M processor, which should mean an increase in battery life (Lenovo claims 9 hours) and the possibility of it being fanless. Storage options are up to 512 GB of SSD, and Wi-Fi is now 802.11ac. There are three colors available, with Clementine Orange, Platinum Silver, and Champagne Gold. Prices start at €1,599 and the new device will be available at the end of October.
|Lenovo Yoga Laptop|
|Yoga 3 Pro|
|CPU/GPU||Intel Core M-70 (2 core, 4 thread, 1100 MHz to 2600 MHz, HD 5300 GPU, 4.5 W TDP)|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB LPDDR3L|
|Storage||Up to 512 GB SSD|
|Display||13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ IPS touchscreen|
|Network||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Dimensions||330 x 228 x 12.8 (mm)|
|Battery||up to 9 hours|
|Speakers||JBL Stereo speakers with Waves Audio certification|
Next up on the docket was the Yoga Tablet refresh. The Yoga Tablet was available in both 10 inch and 8 inch screen sizes, with Android as the operating system. The new Yoga Tablet 2 models will also come in both 10 inch and 8 inch versions, but now the Tablet 2 is available with either Android 4.4 or Windows 8.1. The original Yoga Tablet had a barrel hinge on one side, which allowed the user to use the tablet in a stand mode, tilt mode, or the hold mode, and the Tablet 2 line will feature the new “Hang Mode” which is simple a slot cut in the stand to allow it to be hung from something. The hinge barrel allowed the Yoga Tablet a larger battery than other similar sized devices, and the Tablet 2 promises the same 18 hours of battery life. The screen resolution is now 1920x1200, with dual front speakers and LTE is available on both 8 inch and 10 inch Android versions, and the 10 inch Windows version. The CPU of choice for all of the Yoga Tablet 2 models is now the Intel Atom processor, which Lenovo is claiming gives them three times the CPU performance and twice the GPU performance of the outgoing models. The 8 and 10 inch Android models will be on sale starting today at a starting price of €229 and €299, respectively. The 10 inch Windows version will be available in late October for €399, and the 8 inch Windows model will come in November starting at €249.
|Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2|
|Yoga Tablet 2 8"||Yoga Tablet 2 8" with Windows||Yoga Tablet 2 10"||Yoga Tablet 2 10" with Windows||Yoga Tablet 2 Pro|
|CPU||Intel Atom Processor Z3745 (2M cache, 4 cores, up to 1.86 GHz)|
|Display||8" 1920x1200 IPS Touchscreen||10" 1920x1200 IPS Touchscreen||13.3" 2560x1440 IPS Touchscreen|
|Memory||2GB LP-DDR3 memory|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Graphics (311 MHz Base, 778 MHz Burst)|
|Storage||16 GB eMMC plus Micro SD up to 64 GB||32 GB eMMC plus Micro SD up to 64 GB||16 GB eMMC plus Micro SD up to 64 GB||32 GB eMMC plus Micro SD up to 64 GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-Band; BT 4.0; Optional 4G in some markets||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-Band; BT 4.0||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-Band; BT 4.0; Optional 4G in some markets||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-Band; BT 4.0; Optional 4G in some markets; Micro HDMI||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-Band; BT 4.0; Optional 4G in some markets|
|Speakers||2x front large-chamber speakers, Dolby Audio, Wolfson Master Hi-Fi||2x front large-chamber 1.5w speakers
5W rear JBL subwoofer
Dolby Audio, Wolfson Master Hi-Fi
|Dimensions||210 x 149 x 2.7-7.0 mm
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1-0.3 inches
|210 x 149 x 2.7-7.0 mm
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1-0.3 inches
|255 x 183 x 3.0-7.2 mm
10.0 x 7.2 x 0.1-0.3 inches
|255 x 183 x 3.0-7.2 mm
10.0 x 7.2 x 0.1-0.3 inches
|333 x 223 x 3.7-12.6 mm
13.1 x 8.8 x 0.1-0.5 inches
|Battery Life (estimated)||18 hours||15 hours||18 hours||15 hours||15 hours|
The final product announcement is the bigger Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Lenovo conducted focus groups to get a better feel for what people actually do with their tablets, and they found 80% of users never take their tablet out of the home. They also found that 52% of users use the tablet to watch long form video such as television and movies, and 56% of users share the tablet with multiple users. In an effort to be “the world’s best home entertainment tablet” Lenovo has added some interesting features that have never before been seen on a tablet. As with the standard Yoga Tablet 2, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a barrel hinge for the stand. Lenovo has placed a micro-projector inside of the barrel, in order to allow people to share content by projecting it. Coupled with that is a new 8 watt JBL 2.1 speaker system, which includes a 5 watt subwoofer on the back of the tablet. The final piece of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is to address users who never take the tablet out of the home. The Pro version has a 13.3” 2560x1440 QHD IPS display. With the additional battery space allowed by the barrel hinge, Lenovo is claiming 15 hours of battery life for the Intel Atom powered tablet. Unlike the smaller tablets, Android is the only offered operating system for this model. Pricing starts at €499 with availability the end of October.
The Yoga 2 Pro is an excellent device, and it should only get better with Core M inside. The tablets offer unique features over other models, especially the hinge which houses a larger battery. We should be able to dig deeper into all of these products if we get review units.
Source: Lenovo News Room
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pixelhaus76 - Friday, October 10, 2014 - linkI'm confused here.
The Core M processors are designed for tablets and low-end laptops, Intel has only compared them to Bay Trail Atom chips to show how immensely better they are, but never ever released any data how they compare to Haswell-Y processors - which is exactly what we want to know.
For a premium ultrabook to sport that price and "only" a Core M dual-core CPU, let's hope it's really good.
kyuu - Friday, October 10, 2014 - linkWho said that Core M is designed for "low-end laptops"? I think you're confusing fanless, low TDP laptops with "low-end".
TiGr1982 - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - linkLow end from Intel are Celerons and Pentiums which go into sub $500 regular "not-so-good" budgetary laptops, and all the Atoms.
In contrast, these Core M are like re-branded low power i5/i7 parts (just new generation); these are "premium" parts and devices on them won't be cheap. So "low end" should not be confused with "low power", indeed.
nathanddrews - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link"The final piece of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is to address users who never take the tablet out of the home. The Pro version has a 13.3” 2560x1440 QHD IPS display. With the additional battery space allowed by the barrel hinge, Lenovo is claiming 15 hours of battery life for the Intel Atom powered tablet. Unlike the smaller tablets, Android is the only offered operating system for this model. Pricing starts at €499 with availability the end of October."
Any chance of loading Windows on this? Seems like a KILLER deal, especially since it also has a built-in pico projector!
bhima - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - linkBleh... Lenovo STILL doesn't have an active digitzer option for the Yoga Pro 3. Hopefully they will refresh the Thinkpad Yoga here soon.
gw74 - Monday, October 13, 2014 - linkCore-M is a solution to a problem which does not exist. the Samsung Series 9 / ATIV 9 are wafer thin, have "U" CPUs, and ultra-thin fans which hardly ever spin, and when they do, run virtually silent.
tipoo - Monday, October 13, 2014 - linkWhether or not you appreciate the fanlessness, going from 17 watts to 5 watts should do amazing things for battery life.
gw74 - Monday, October 13, 2014 - link3200x1800 is ridiculous overkill, and neatly sidesteps the optimum screen resolution of 1920x1080. so you can have 3200x1800 (text too small) or 1600x900 (text too big), but if you want 1920x1080 you take a hit on performance and blurriness because of scaling issues. same problem as macbook pros. ridiculous.
stadisticado - Monday, October 13, 2014 - linkI think you'll find a lot of people on this forum who disagree with your assessment that 1920x1080 is optimal...
gw74 - Monday, October 13, 2014 - linkfor a 13.3", 14" and 15.6" laptop 1080p is optimal, surely? for 17.3" perhaps 1440p. The other option would be 4K like the Lenovo Y series, because at least then you can 4:1 scale down to 1080p with no performance/blur.