Increasing the display resolution in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ required a change of the chipset as well, seeing how Mediatek’s CPU was just a borderline solution for last year’s version. The new model has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with four cores running a 1.6 GHz (be aware, the chipset varies depending on the 3G or Wi-Fi model, but the differences are slight) while the RAM has doubled, from 1GB to 2GB.
Sporting Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and the same user interface modification on all Lenovo Android tablets, the new hardware provides noticeably better results that the earlier model.
Specifically, fluid performance has been achieved, giving the impression of a premium tablet — at least during the initial days of usage, when the device is not yet cluttered with applications and demanding backdrop processes. All this runs smoothly, without glitching, including fast scrolling and zooming on complicated web sites, as well as forwarding Full HD videos. While the time to boot the device after shutting it down takes a bit longer than its predecessor, waking it up from stand-by mode is still very fast.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is debuting with Android 4.3, but an upgrade to version 4.4 (KitKat) has been announced. In the meantime, Lenovo has modified the user interface purely on a cosmetic level. Thus, square widgets can be arranged on desktops like dominos, which gives the device a certain flare of recognizability, as well as intuitiveness.
In addition, Lenovo has developed several applications that it bundles free of charge: SHAREit, SECUREit, SYNNCit, SNAPit Camera, and SEEit Gallery. Of these, SHAREit seems to be the most interesting — it enables fast file exchange between two devices, as long as they are both running this app and are connected to the same WiFi network. Those who have several devices by this manufacturer will quickly spot the benefits of this, especially if they frequently have to transfer files from one to the other.
Lenovo’s inclusion of SNAPit Camera and SEEit Gallery deserve complaints because they serve as nothing other than confusing substitutes for perfectly fine and nearly identical applications that usually come with Android OS.
They are probably here to emphasize the tablet’s new rear-facing camera, which now has 8 megapixels, not 5MP. This isn’t much of an improvement. The picture and video quality are both below average in sharpness, correct exposure, and particularly color interpretation.
Luckily, the new display and processor have not had a negative impact on the battery life. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ still holds a generous 9000 mAh battery, the largest of any 10-inch tablet, irrelevant of the operating system.
The battery still lasts exceptionally long — longer than on other tablets — several days, even when the device is actively used with all the wireless capabilities turned on.
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