Looks like Ashton Kutcher’s tenure as a “product engineer” (quotations definitely necessary) at Lenovo is really paying off! Earlier this week, the company rolled out some new tablets, and they look pretty sweet.
(We’re kidding about the Ashton Kutcher thing. Please don’t hate us.)
The tablets are an addition to Lenovo’s existing line of Yoga products. While the previous Yoga products were Ultrabooks with screens that could be flipped completely around to essentially convert the laptops into large tablets, Lenovo’s newest offerings have dispensed with the keyboards altogether.
The new Yoga tablets include adjustable stands, which allow you to prop up your tablet in three different positions (regrettably, none of which are called “downward dog”). The stands aren’t just a cheap accessory, though — they’re part of the tablet itself, with a cylindrical portion that holds the tablet’s impressive battery.
[The cylindrical handle] houses a massive 9,000mAh battery that gives the tablet up to 18 hours of battery life. The battery is so powerful, in fact, that the Yoga is capable of charging your smartphone on-the-go via a micro USB port.
Both models feature Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a MediaTek quad-core processor, 16GB of expandable storage, 1280 x 800 displays, Dolby audio, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front-facing one. They’re also rather lightweight: The 8-inch version weighs 0.88 pounds, while the larger 10-inch tablet comes in at 1.33 pounds.
The 8-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet will be available exclusively at Best Buy and through Lenovo starting October 30 with an MSRP of $249. The larger 10-inch device will be available October 30 at most major retailers with an MSRP of $299.
While Lenovo is quite popular overseas, it’s mostly a business brand here in North America. Will the company be able to gain more hold in the consumer market with a unique, competitively-priced tablet? Failing that, will its weird partnership with Ashton Kutcher give it more “cool cred” among the tech-savvy youth of today? Dude played Steve Jobs and Kelso, after all.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.