Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen technology is a flexible 8-inch device, which runs Windows 8.1 and comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365. The built-in kickstand allows the tablet to be used in four different modes, including hold, tilt, stand, and hang, all demonstrated in the hands-on video below.
The other standout feature is AnyPen. This technology uses an extra layer within the touchscreen panel to sense metallic or conductive objects, turning a pencil, screwdriver, fork, knife, nail, car key, or any other object with an electrically conductive point into a stylus. The screen glass is more resistant but not impervious to scratches, so using a metallic object as a stylus is a nice convenience feature when you need a finer point than your finger can provide but a regular stylus isn't within reach.
|SoC||64-bit Quad Core Intel Atom @ 1.86 GHz|
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR3|
|Display||8.0-inch IPS @ 1920 x 1080 (275 ppi)|
|Storage||32 GB, microSD|
|Cameras||Front: 1.6 MPRear: 8 MP, f/2.2, AF|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Cat 4 LTE|
|Dimensions||8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1 in|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1|
|Price||$279 w/o AnyPen, $299 with AnyPen|
The 6400 mAh battery is built into the hinge, and Lenovo claims it provides up to 15 hours of battery life. Located below the kickstand on the underside of the tablet is a microSD card slot for expanding storage beyond the 32 GB of internal NAND. Another nice feature that complements the various configurations provided by the kickstand are the dual front-facing speakers.
While running Windows 8.1 plays into the flexibility theme of the Yoga Tablet 2, offering access to the filesystem and a wealth of apps, I'm not convinced it's the best choice for tablets with smaller screens. Using classic Windows apps on the non-touch optimized desktop can be frustrating due to the overly small fonts, menus, and controls. These features do at least look crisp on the full HD screen.
The Yoga Tablet 2 will be available at the end of January for $279 without the AnyPen feature and $299 with it included from a variety of retailers.