Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 and Lenovo Tablet 2 Pro: Performance

December 8, 2014 by Dragan Petric Reads (74,537)
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    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Second-generation Lenovo Yoga tablets of all sizes come with the same chipset: the Intel Atom Z3745 with a 1.86 GHz quad-core processor. Intel’s HD Graphics tends to video processing, while the devices come with 2 GB of RAM.

Second-generation Lenovo Yoga tablets of all sizes come with the same chipset: the Intel Atom Z3745 with a 1.86 GHz quad-core processor. Intel’s HD Graphics tends to video processing, while the devices come with 2 GB of RAM.

With this generation, Lenovo has replaced the Qualcomm processors which used to come with this summer’s Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ and the significantly poorer MediaTek chips which came with the first generation of Yoga tablets. The choice to go with Intel might have been questionable had these devices not all included such large batteries, but as it is these processors bring above-average performance and above-average credibility of these tablets for the mid-range class, to which they, clearly, only belong when it comes to their price. Compared to Qualcomm’s chipset, the Intel one also features LTE connection support, which is another additional value.

Android 4.4.2 on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1

Android 4.4.2 on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1

This Atom chip has been well optimized for Android 4.4 KitKat, which is featured on these devices with slight user interface cosmetic alterations, combined with a great screen resolution – particularly on the 13.3-inch device. According to synthetic benchmarks, both tablets offer almost identical results (despite different resolutions), somewhere in the middle of this year’s tablets chart. This truly suits the classification of these tablets as mid-range devices, but in practice they offer a lot more that this: highly fluid performance without any glitching – characteristic for top-class tablets.

Built-in storage includes 32 GB, as well as the option of expanding this capacity with additional 64 GB with a microSD card.

Software

Lenovo has not altered the original Android 4.4 KitKat too much by adding its own user interface. Thus, all the software peculiarities of these tablets boil down to somewhat different homescreen and widget design. Compared to the previous Yoga tablets, the option called BottomSwitch is a novelty. This includes a special menu that appears when the finger is swiped from the bottom edge of the tablet upwards and it turns on or off certain options or apps, like the camera. This strongly resembles a similar feature in Apple’s iOS.

Furthermore, the tablets come with a set of applications: Ad Blocker, cloud contacts back-up SYNCH HD, CLONEit for cloning all data on another device etc. SHAREit seems particularly interesting, as it enables swift data transfer between two devices that have the same installed app and are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This app will particularly appeal to users who have several devices of this manufacturer, especially if they wish to transfer files from one to the other.

Camera

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro -- Back

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro — Back

The front- and rear-facing cameras are identical on all the second-generation Yoga Tablet models. They offer quality characteristic for mid-range devices, meaning very average photographs. The front-facing camera has a 1.6-mega pixel resolution, while the back camera offers eight mega pixels with f/2.2 of aperture.

Battery Life

The battery featured on both devices we tested has an impressive capacity of 9600 mAh. It is clear that the 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro consumes more power than the 10.2-inch Yoga Tablet 2, due to the larger display and its QHD resolution, but as the chipset and the software are identical on both devices, the difference in battery life amount to some 15%.

Irrespective of this fact, both models offer record time between charges, and the 10.1-inch model only has to be recharged every five days with average usage, while the 13.3-inch model has to be recharged every four days. Of course, this time is reduced by a day or two with frequent video playback, gaming or the use of LTE radio.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 and Lenovo Tablet 2 Pro are available, as of this writing, from Lenovo starting at $249.99 for the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 and $469.99 for the Tablet 2 Pro, as well as Amazon starting at $284.69 for the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 and  $499.75 for the Tablet 2 Pro.


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