This is not a proper review, but more a hands-on review – a brief account of the few minutes that I had with a device. I saw the Lenovo Yoga for the first time yesterday, and its sleek design and quality build had me lovestruck immediately. The design is unlike what obtains with other tablets on the block. It has a distinctive cylinder at one end that gives it a futuristic look, and a kickstand. Forget the pictures you have seen. It looks better in real life.
But these design elements are not for aesthetics only. They are actually very practical and contribute to usability. For one, the cylinder changes weight distribution when using the device and makes holding it much more pleasant, whether you are sitting, standing still, or moving about. The cylinder also houses the battery – a whopping 6000 mAh unit. I am dreaming of what the battery life on this sleek creature will be like. When you need to watch a movie or flip through documents, the built-in kickstand opens to let the tablet stand on its own or rest on a flat surface in a tilt position.
The Yoga also has front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Digital Plus. I am a fan of front-facing speakers on mobiles. Unfortunately, I was unable to test the audio reproduction of this set, as I was in a very noisy environment. The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor from Mediatek and runs Android Jelly Bean. While I didn’t have more than a few minutes to spend with the Yoga, it sure made a striking impression on me. The unit I saw was the 8-inch version. There is a 10-inch version too.