The new Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1 with Android 5.1 will launch in November. The date was provided after Lenovo’s announcement of the new Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1 on September 2. The price for the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1 is $199 with a release date of November 1 in the US, and a price of €299 for the Wi-Fi model and €349 for the 4G LTE model in Europe (the LTE model won’t be brought to the US).
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1-inch is a HD tablet with 1280 x 800 resolution, down from the FHD resolution of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 with Android.
Lenovo has also swapped from an Intel Atom processor and returned to a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, something we also saw on the first generation Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. This time around it has a quad-core 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor.
But Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1 has one radical new feature, and that’s the rotating 8MP camera that can be used as either a front camera or a rear camera. And in addition to rotating 180 degrees, it has gesture control, which for instance lets users activate the camera for a snapshot by opening and closing a hand. Other gestures can then be used to activate other applications. So that’s the greatest novelty of the tablet.
It could be a smart feature if you are in a position where your fingers are greasy and you want the tablet to do something for you.
Another feature is the AnyPen digitizer support. It essentially lets users use whatever (conductive) device they want for a digitizer, from a fork to a pencil.
The tablet has Dolby Atmos sound too, which is great, and it has the famed 18 hours battery life and 125 days standby time from a 8400 mAh battery. But the rest of the specs leaves something to be desired, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus microSD card support, single-band 2.4 GHz b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
It has GPS, GLONASS, g-sensor, vibrator and hall sensor, but lack some of the other tablet sensors. The weight is 655 grams. The color is called Slate Black and the tablet has a built-in multi-angle kickstand in the cylinder which got a hole too last year, so that it could be hung on a wall as well.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10.1 has some nice features as we can see, and since the hardware is not as impressive as on the Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 and since it has lower hardware than on the predecessor Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 with Android, it has also seen the launch price go down from $299 last year, to $199 for the new 2015 model.
– Jim Miller