Not content just releasing budget Android tablets, Lenovo also announced new Windows 10 tablets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: the 10-inch Miix 310; 14- and 15.6-inch Yoga 510 devices, and 11.6- and 14-inch Yoga 710 models.
Lenovo Miix 310
Lenovo Miix 310 is a convertible tablet/notebook with a 10.1-inch diagonal and a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. It features an Atom x5-Z8300, has a detachable keyboard, and comes with optional LTE support. Depending on the configuration, it ships with up to 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory storage. It starts at around $230.
The Lenovo Miix 310 is reminiscent of the once-popular netbook, given that it’s more of a mobile and secondary device. That said, the detachable keyboard offers more utility than the typical netbook, and we expect decent performance out of this Atom-powered hybrid
Of course, Windows 10 is not particularly easy to use on a 10.1-inch display; given its return to the traditional desktop, but the Windows 10 Continuum helps, and the Miix 10 is easier to use as a result.
The keyboard quality surprisingly surpasses what’s expected at this price, and Lenovo promises at least 10 hours of live from the built-in battery.
Lenovo Yoga 510
The Lenovo Yoga 510 ships with either a 14- or 15.6-inch IPS display, with a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). These Yogas will be powerful, sporting Skylake Core i7 processors and up to 8 GB of RAM, in addition to between 256 GB and 1 TB of HDD storage.
The larger 15.6-inch models will be available with AMD’s Radeon R7 M460 graphics. According to Lenovo, the new Yoga 510 has up to 50 percent better battery, lasting up to 8.5 hours, compared to the older model.
Depending on the model and its configuration, the prices start at $600 (14-inch model) and $800 (15-inch model).
Lenovo Yoga 710
The Lenovo Yoga 710 launches with either an 11.6- and 14-inch display. Both models feature full HD IPS screens (1920 x 1080 pixels) and a battery that provides up to 8 hours of continuous work, according to Lenovo. CPU choice varies, up to the Intel Core m5 for the 11.6-inch Yoga 710 tablet, and up to a Skylake Intel Core i7 model for the bigger 14-inch Yoga. The 14-inch Yoga also features optional Nvidia graphics.
Both Yoga 710 devices ship with a maximum of 8 GB RAM, and up to 256 GB of internal storage (SSD).
Yoga 710 tablets will be available for sale in May starting at approximately $500 (11.6-inch model) and $800 (14-inch version).
After some time with the devices at Mobile World Congress, it’s obvious that the Lenovo Yoga 510 and 710 models are in the upper end of the mid-range notebook market. There’s one clear advantage the Yoga series has over the competition, and that’s the 360-degree display hinge. Overall, the devices seem well crafted and up to the task of handling day to day use and abuse, as any good 2-in-1 should.
In terms of performance, users should be pleased given the options and price range. Lenovo’s mid-range devices typically provide great value in terms of price and performance, and that looks to be the case here, at least on paper.