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)
Weight 1.19 kg
Camera 720p Webcam
Battery up to 9 hours
OS Windows 8.1
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
Weight 419 g
0.92 lbs
426 g
0.94 lbs
619 g
1.36 lbs
629 g
1.39 lbs
950 g
2.09 lbs
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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  • Spectrophobic - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    I think laptop makers need to calm down with the resolutions. While Windows 8.2... er... 10... is coming, I doubt scaling will be completely flawless. I'd still prefer 1080p or even 900p on sub 14-inch screens Reply
  • AmdInside - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    Agree. I love my X1 Carbon but if I'm going to be working for long hours, I pull out my old 15" laptop because so many apps that I use for work are not optimized for DPI scaling which makes the txt tiny/blurry. Reply
  • SanX - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - link

    Yes, the prices are moving too: "Prices start at €1,599" for the Pro 3. That's $2000 and is only a start? Look at that estimate for start prices

    - SSD < $100,
    - 4GB RAM <$100
    - Screen <$100
    - Battery <$20
    - Wifi/camera/keyboard <$100
    --------------------------------------
    Total < $500

    Intel M processor manufacturing cost is probably not larger then one for Apple's A8 or 40 bucks, may be $50. It actually could be $20. I know Intel charges way more than that, just look their insane monopoly with server chips. But definitely not >$1000 to justify this highway robbery.

    Indeed "good" start.
    Reply
  • kareruren - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - link

    The 1000 piece tray price of the Core M is $281. The BOM cost of the Core M is probably fairly low, but neither R&D nor fabs are cheap. Reply
  • Morawka - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    The projector in the tablet is amazing. Else it would just be another windows/android tablet. I can't wait for a review to see how the projector performs. Way to go Lenovo! Reply
  • AmdInside - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    I still don't see how this is useful. If for business, you already have a projector in the conference room. If you want to use it for home, it would be easier and more convenient to connect it to your HDTV via HDMI chord. It won't be bright enough to use in bright room likely and do you want to shake the video by making changes to your tablet like opening a new app or new photo album? I have two projectors at home, one for gaming and one for movies. I love projectors. I just don't see where this would be useful. Reply
  • NXTwoThou - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    My thought would be for our sales team, who are wanting to give presentations and training in customers locations. Most of which don't have conference rooms. Reply
  • Valantar - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    I'm a huge Lenovo fan, but that hinge design? Oh my god. That's a deal breaker. Might be the single ugliest feature I've ever seen on a laptop. Ew. Reply
  • Valantar - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - link

    I just remembered what that hinge reminds me of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibEdgQJEdTA

    And yes, for the record, I am worried about what a hinge design like that might do to anything it comes into contact with. Shredded laptop bag linings might just be the beginning.
    Reply
  • OrphanageExplosion - Friday, October 10, 2014 - link

    Finding this a bit hard to read - are there supposed to be paragraph breaks? Reply

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