The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10″ with Windows 8.1 that was unveiled last week, is starting to be released in Europe. In the US the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s will not be released before the end of October.
The US price for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10″ is $399. Is that a reasonable price?
At the moment there are only two other 10.1-inch Full HD Windows 8.1 tablets that can be had for under $399. One is the HP Omni 10 at $299, while the other is Lenovo Miix 2 10, currently at $359 for a 64GB version with keyboard even.
Lenovo have restructured their tablet division the last two quarters, and this reflects in improved design and hopefully quality too – with an unavoidable effect on the price too in the end.
With a Yoga Tablet you are also paying a little for the longest battery life a tablet can have as well. The battery life is 15 hours on the Windows 8.1 versions of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, as opposed to 18 hours on the Android versions. The 9600 mAh battery also have standby time of 20 days.
Apart from that, and the Windows 8.1 OS, the 8 and 10-inch Windows models have mostly the same hardware specs as the 8 and 10-inch Android models.
So we are looking at a Windows 8.1 “with Bing” tablet with a 10.1-inch IPS screen with Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution and 10-point multitouch.
The processor is the 1.33 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor with 1.86 GHz burst speed, while the memory comes in for of 2GB DDR3 (1066MHz) RAM. It has 32GB, with 64GB microSD card support.
The Windows models of Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 are black on the front and the back, as opposed to the silver colored Android models.
The front stereo speakers pumps out Dolby Audio from a Wolfson Master Hi-Fi codec, while the front web camera have a 1.6MP resolution, with a 8MP resolution camera on the back of the tablet.
Wi-Fi band support are for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n and MIMO, while the Bluetooth is version 4.02.
Ports are a micro-USB port and 3.5 mm combo audio jack. Sensors include g-sensor, e-compass, ambient light, hall sensor, BSI 2 sensor, and vibration. The weight is 1.39 lbs / 630 gram.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10″ with Windows 8 also comes with a one year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
And the same Accutype keyboard that fits the 10.1-inch Android version also fits this Windows model, and works as a cover as well.
While the Lenovo Yoga Tablet have been on the market for a year now, it wasn’t until the launch of the Yoga Tablet 2 range that it also got the Windows option. I’m pretty sure these models will sell better than most Windows tablets on the market today, as a price of $399 is not particularly much for a Full HD Windows 8.1 tablet.
– Jim Miller