Lenovo today announced a refreshed version of its Yoga Tablet 10 slate. Announced last fall, the original Yoga tablet hasn't been out for that long, so an update already is a bit of a surprise. Still, we love when a device gets better, so we're not complaining, though early adopters of the original might not feel too great.
This year's Yoga Table 10 HD+ has a higher resolution display (1920 x 1080), a quad-core Snapdragon clocked to 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of storage, MicroSD support, an 8-megapixel camera with a 1.6-megapixel camera around back, and a 9000 mAh battery. The tablet ships with Android 4.3, but Lenovo is promising an OTA update for Android 4.4. Hardware aside, this year's model features the same sloped form factor for a thick, rounded edge on the bottom of the device and a tapered edge up top. There's also the same built-in stand for when you don't want to hold all 1.35 pounds of the Yoga tablet in your hand.
In comparison, the original Yoga 10 had a 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The display was a 1280 x 800 LCD panel and Lenovo claimed the battery, the same 9000 mAh pack that's in this year's model, could achieve 13 to 21 hours, depending on screen brightness. We're assuming that the more powerful specs in the 2014 Yoga 10 HD+ are taking that down a bit, because Lenovo's press sheet promises only 18 hours of battery.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is coming out in April and will cost $349. It's not clear if this version will be sold alongside the current model or if it will take its place. We'll find out for you.
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The stand is great for viewing videos and for using the touch screen when placed on a desk using the different settings.
The stand is wrapped around the battery which fits very comfortably in your hand when using the tab in portrait mode for reading eBooks.
The optional keyboard-cover makes this a great tab.
The only thing that kept me from purchasing after a hands on was the very thing that this update addresses.