Not even half a year after the launch of the Yoga Tablet 8 and Tablet 10, Lenovo has updated the larger of the two models. Named the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, it was revealed at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona.
Build and Design
This tablet series is characterized by a modern, yet non-typical design, with its center of gravity being shifted to the lower part of the device, which includes a cylindrical bulge that runs along one long edge (containing its large-capacity battery). According to Lenovo execs, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ can provide up to 18 hours of active usage without the need to recharge.
Even better, the bulge includes a kickstand which enables the tablet to stand in the landscape position on a table on its own. The foldable kickstand is now somewhat easier to open, and is a bit longer than the one featured on the previous 10-inch model.
But the biggest difference with the new Yoga Tablet compared to its predecessor is greater screen resolution, as suggested by its name. Low display resolution was the old model’s biggest shortcoming, but this has now been rectified and the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ comes with a 1080p Full HD screen.
Understandably, screen imaging is significantly sharper than on the earlier version, and while using the device from the usual distance, individual pixels could not be identified, making the impression surpassingly better. The exceptionally good contrast is praiseworthy — the black tones are very dark, while the whiter ones could be a bit brighter. Contrast sustainability is average and this tablet offers a satisfying viewing angle.
Color vividness is above average for a mid-range tablet, and thanks to the new active ambient lighting sensor, automatic display brightness adjustment is more balanced than the case was with last-year’s model.
Instead of using Mediatek’s CPU, the new 10-inch Yoga Tablet comes with a somewhat more convincing Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with four 1.6GHz processor cores. In our preliminary tests, this chipset seemed quite capable of driving the Full HD display and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with a Lenovo skin, so despite raising the resolution, this device acts fluidly and swiftly enough for usual everyday usage.
Lenovo has delivered a bit of new software with this new tablet — it includes applications called SHAREit, SECUREit, SYNCit, SNAPit Camera, and SEEit Gallery. While the last four reveal some practical improvements compared to the classic applications of such sort with Android OS, SHAREit seems to be the most interesting one out of the whole bunch — it enables fast data exchange between two devices that have installed this app, as long as they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Lenovo’s quick response to users’ objections to the previous model, improving the display and tweaking the design that make the original Yoga Tablet 10 recognizable, without changing the exceptionally long-lasting battery, leave a good first impression. The Yoga Tablet HD+ seems like Lenovo solidly used its second chance.
The tablet will cost $350 in the U.S.A., and should be out in March.
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