We’d say Lenovo’s not the first name that comes to mind when you think of Tablets and 2-in-1s, but do remember it was Lenovo that practically invented the category, nice try Microsoft Surface but Lenovo was doing 2 in 1s before your days, but we aren’t talking Windows devices today, these are a duo of Android tablets all under that same Yoga brand Lenovo kicked off 2-in-1s with.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus
We’ll start with the ugliest of the two, this is the also lovely named Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus…yeah. This 10 inch Android tablet on paper doesn’t seem to offer anything major of new to the market of Android tablets, it’s a decent 10 inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, and it’s main feature being the questionably small kickstand at the back, which can be used for it’s 4 positions of hold / stand / tilt / hang.
The Tab 3 Plus is clearly designed for media consumption, if not evidence by the large vivid display, but also by the four front firing speakers powered by JBL, which are set to make an incredible sound experience, and a great viewing experience aided as well by the nice lacking of bezels.
That entertainment and media consumption should last you quite a while too, as the Tab 3 Plus has a massive 9,300mAh battery, which Lenovo claim is good for 18 hours of usage from a full charge …take that iPad. Of course real world use will be the main test, but if it’s true that’s pretty good going.
Part of the reason for the large battery life however is likely due to the internals, this isn’t going to be your Gaming tablet, casual games maybe but nothing more, as this features a SnapDragon 852 powered by the Adreno 510. Like we said, it’s not impossible to Game on this thing, but it’s clear with the choice of Qualcomms 6xx series of processor, this is meant to last rather than perform.
An LTE variant of the Tab 3 Plus will also be available, with likely a slight drop in battery performance, available in the Puma Black (as shown) and a Gunmetal Grey option.
Unfortunately Lenovo has bloated the experience as ever, this is why many were worried when they took over Moto though thankfully no problems over on that end, but here it’s pure Lenovo, any manufacture whether Windows or Android who puts McAfee Security on a device whether you want it or not, get’s a Foul from us.
Summary and Specs
Overall though, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus has a terrible name and questionable design, but if you’re looking for an Android device built for consuming media, light browsing and emailing, this could be our new Android favourite for doing that, plus at $299 you can’t go wrong with the price either.
Full specs below;
- Android 6.0 with Lenovo’s bloat
- Qualcomm SnapDragon 652 Processor backed up by Adreno 510
- 3GB RAM
- 10 inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
- 32GB internal storage
- microSD Card Expansion
- Wi-Fi AC / Bluetooth / GPS …the usual
- LTE variant available
- HAS A HEADPHONE JACK we just like to check now-a-days
- 9,300mAh battery (18 hours battery life *estimate*)
- Available in black and grey
Lenovo Yoga Book
If you were like us who saw the Google Pixel C and thought, it’s okay but surely someone could do better and for a better price, you may not find that entirely in the Yoga Book, but what you will find is Lenovo’s take on it. Unlike the Pixel C, the keyboard is attached to the screen, there’s no getting that thing off, but whilst that may seem a good thing for you typists that’s where things go downhill, but we’ll look further in to this now, as it does have it’s strange beneficiaries.
First up, we’ll kick off with the fact that the Yoga Book comes in two versions, one version running Windows 10, and one version running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but just a heads up it will be the Android version we’ll be focusing on in this piece, though most of the hardware will be identical between the two other than Battery Life estimations and the obvious being the OS. But just know that the specifications of both the Windows and Android versions are exactly the same and you honestly won’t notice a difference until you turn it on.
Hardware wise you’ve a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 display, quite a bright one too, plus a very thin one too at just 9.6mm thin. The Yoga Book comes an Intel Atom processor backed up by 4GB of RAM, a fairly beefy 8,500mAh battery and all in all, a pretty fair sounding spec sheet for a low cost ultrabook at this rate.
You probably thought I was being a bit harsh when I said the Tab 3 Plus was the ugly one, nope it’s just I’d seen this as well, this is the incredible design of the Yoga Book, it looks beautiful. But whilst looks are great and everything, what about the execution. Well, we’ll start off first by telling you, the bottom half of the Yoga Book where you see the Keyboard … that’s a display, in fact it’s more than a display which we’ll get to very soon, but as you can see below on the Windows version, it adapts to what it needs to do.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, and you’re right typing on this thing is clunky and not the best, but trust us it’s doable, but the bottom of the Lenovo Yoga Book has another secret up it’s sleeve and this is where the device wins it for us, and it’s all about the Pen.
As you see the hinges on this thing just look incredible, and also don’t worry there’s a pen cover on there it’s not that thick, but the special thing about this Pen isn’t actually the Pen, it’s how you use it.
Typically with many Tablets, such as Microsoft’s Surface, Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s etc etc, you use your Pen on the screen and interact with items on the screen and naturally it helps you draw, but what if you could do that …on the keyboard area like using a Wacom graphics stylus, well that’s what you can do with the Yoga Book.
Naturally it’s easier to see it in person, and the video below provided by Mobile Nations does that, but this is incredible when you think about it. Not only is it the perfect size for a a Tablet meets Computer for general lite use, not only is the 2.4GHz clocked Intel Atom powerful enough to do high performance tasks on Android, and decent on Windows, but you now have essentially an artists dream Tablet. Naturally execution is the draw of these things, no pun intended, and it will be real world use that will be the tester, but call us impressed.
Is it for typists, bloggers and technology writers like us, no, but for artists this is going to be incredible. But, it doesn’t have to stop there, what else could be done with the base of the Yoga Book, if Lenovo allows more applications to take advantage of this, the potential could be massive …but we’re clearly getting ahead of ourselves;
Video – Lenovo Yoga Book hand-on.
Video provided by Android Central. © Mobile Nations
We’re leaving our final judgement until we get to play around with this more in person, but first impressions, which are likely being taken over by it’s insane design, are very positive, spec wise it’s decent and the possibilities are there. The starting price of $499 is also very decent for what you get, plus knowing Lenovo we expect the Pen to be in the box too.
- 2.4GHz Quad Core Intel Core Atom Processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB Internal Storage
- microSD Card slot
- Either Windows 10 Anniversary Update or Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 10.1 1920 x 1200 Display
- NANO-SIM slot available for LTE
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 8,500mAh battery (13 hours battery life on Windows / 15 hours battery life on Android)
$499 for Android version
$549 for Windows version