CNET First Look
The Lenovo Yoga 8 and 10's kickstands help these tablets stand up and outThe Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 sport a unique design, but are held back by mediocre screens and lacking internal specs.
Hi. I'm Sarah Mitroff for CNET, and this is our first look at the Lenovo Yoga tablets. There are two models, one with an 8-inch screen and one with the 10-inch display, but the internal specs are identical. The Yoga is super thin. It has a unique design with a thick rounded edge that props it up when you lie it flat. It's remarkably comfortable to hold the tablet by that spine and it feel sturdy and well built. That rounded spine also has an aluminum kickstand. It's awkward to open. You have to grab the top edge of the tablet, grip the rounded edge and rotate the kickstand away. Once the kickstand is open, you can adjust the viewing angle. Behind it is a micro SD card slot for extra storage. On one end of the spine, there's an oversized power button that's easy to press but were [unk] enough that you don't accidentally hit it. Above the power button there's a micro USB charging port. On the other end, there's a headphone jack, above that there's a volume rocker. On the front there are two Dolby Digital Plus DS1 front-facing speakers which sound loud and natural. There's a 5-megapixel back camera that takes so-so pictures and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting. The most disappointing feature of the Yoga is its screen. Both the 8-inch and 10-inch models have 1280x1080 resolution displays which is low compared to today's top tablets. That resolution looks decent on an 8-inch model but the screen on the 10-inch looks dull and fuzzy. The tablets make up for their poor screen resolution with impressive battery life. There's the 6,000 mAh battery for the 8-incher and a 9,000 mAh for the 10-incher, which is on par with the batteries you find in laptops. That should give you nearly all day battery life and in my testing, both tablets only went down by about 5 percent after being left alone for roughly 36 hours. The Yoga is running Android Jellybean 4.2 but has a completely custom design from Lenovo. There's no app drawer so all your apps live on your home screens. There's also a media shortcut menu called Smart Bar, which gives you quick access to books, movies, music and apps. It also includes different modes from the tablet depending on if you're holding it or using the kickstand which change the video, audio settings and alter the screen for the best viewing experience. Inside there's a Quad-core 1.2 GHz, Mediatech CPU that powers both tablets. The performance doesn't blow me away but it's not bad either. The Yoga tablet 8 will cost you $250 and the 10-inch model will cost you $300, both have 16 gigabytes of storage. Those prices are competitive but the media for screens definitely reduce the value of what you get for the cost. Once again, I'm Sarah Mitroff with CNET and this is the new first look at the Lenovo Yoga tablets 8 and 10.