Channeling his recent performance as a young Steve Jobs, actor Ashton Kutcher was on-hand in London yesterday to take the wraps off Lenovo's new YOGA Tablet 2 and YOGA 3 Pro. The company hired Kutcher as a product engineer last year.
The hardware manufacturer is billing the YOGA Tablet 2 as “built for entertainment buffs.” The tablet features a built-in Pico projector, allowing users to project a 16:9 high-resolution image of up to 50 inches on any surface. Lenovo is claiming up to three hours of playback time for the table. The device will also come with an 8-watt sound system and a subwoofer, the company said.
Aside from the projector, the tablet will sport a 13-inch QHD 2560x1440 screen. Lenovo said the design of the Tablet 2, including its increased screen size and projector, was in response to the way users are consuming media, with 88 percent using their tablets to watch TV, movies or play video games.
It will also come with a new “Hang” feature mode, allowing users to hang the tablet from a wall as a sort of portable flat-screen TV. The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro will run on the fourth generation Intel Atom processor, which Lenovo said will help smooth multimedia playback and rendering while multitasking. It will also come with an 8-megapixel rear camera, 32 GB of storage and up to an additional 64 GB through a micro SD slot. It will run on either Android or Windows.
Kutcher said he was not concerned about the upcoming launch of Apple’s new iPad, saying that he doubted it could come up with anything better than what Lenovo unveiled on Thursday.
Four Modes for Yoga 3
The YOGA 3 Pro is being touted by Lenovo as its new, ultra-slim notebook offering. It takes 17 percent off its predecessor’s width, coming it at 12.8mm thick. The new model is also 14 percent lighter, at 1.19 kilograms.
Lenovo credits the reduction in size and weight to its new “watchband” hinge. The design allows the YOGA 3 Pro to work in multiple modes. In the Laptop mode, it will function as a traditional notebook. In Stand, the keyboard will face down while the screen faces out for video chatting. Tent has the keyboard and screen forming a tent shape with the screen facing out for watching movies and television. In Tablet, the screen is rotated 180 degrees and rests flat against the keyboard to resemble a tablet.
It will also come with Harmony, a new application that Lenovo said will automatically optimize settings such as screen brightness and color temperature in response to the activity and environment. The model will be available in three colors, clementine orange, platinum silver, and champagne gold.
The YOGA 3 Pro runs on an Intel Core M chip, and will offer SSD of up to 512 GB. It also features a 3200x1800 display and JBL speakers. Lenovo is claiming up to nine hours of battery life for the laptop.