Lenovo Yoga Tablets strike a kickstand pose from £199

Lenovo has two new tablets for your consideration, with tremendous promises of 18-hour battery life and nifty little kickstands.

Lenovo's stretching its Yoga concept to tablets, with two new slates set to strike a pose here in the UK in November. The 8-inch model will set you back £199, and the 10-inch version starts at £249.

Running Android 4.2.2, the most interesting part of these silvery slates is their bulging bottom bezel and foldable kickstand. The curvy cylindrical bottom means it's easy to find the on button (often a puzzle with a new Android tablet, I find) and laying it down on a table provides a slight angle, making it easier to type.

It also possibly creates more space for the battery -- Lenovo reckons its new Yogas have industry-leading stamina, with up to 18 hours of life, thanks to batteries originally designed for proper laptops. The 10-inch model has a staggering 9,000mAh cell, and the 8-inch isn't far behind with 6,000mAh.

Their other specs are rather more pedestrian, with fairly basic quad-core 1.2GHz processors, a 1.6-megapixel front camera, and a 5-megapixel back camera. There's 16 or 32GB of storage (it's not clear what the larger ones cost) and a microSD slot to add another 32GB. Lenovo hasn't said how much RAM they have.

The screens are particularly disappointing, with just 1,280x800-pixel screens on both models. That's not too noticeable on the 8-incher, but on the 10-inch model it's a really low density.

Both have 3G options, for £30 extra -- rather less than the £100 Apple charges to free its iPads from Wi-Fi, although they do work with 4G. An optional Bluetooth keyboard cover, shown above, is a hefty £79.

Here's my CNET.com colleague and noted tablet expert Eric Franklin doing a bang-up job of going hands-on with the new Lenovos:

The Lenovo Yoga Tablets will be available some time in November from Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Currys and PC World, among others. What do you make of them? Bend over backwards to leave a comment below, or on our enlightened Facebook page.

 

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