Hands on: Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ adds much-needed style to the Android tablet space
BARCELONA—It's difficult to find a truly premium-feeling Android tablet with a display larger than 8 inches. Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition certainly boasts a lot of premium features, but its plastic chassis isn't fooling anyone. Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, on the other hand, appears so sleek and stylish, you'd barely believe its predecessors were a huge disappointment.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ features the same flip-open kickstand as all the other Yogas from Lenovo's storied past. You can flip it out, stand it up, and lay it down to type, or snap it all the way in to lay the Yoga flat like a tablet (though the kickstand won't go away completely, as it includes a hump from the cylindrical battery on its back). It's a bit of a struggle to get the kickstand to flip out, and there's no slit to open it with your fingernail, which makes it even more tricky.
The Yoga Tablet is covered in brushed aluminum, and feels much more high-end than its previous versions. Lenovo also introduced a new champagne color that looks stunning in person.
The 10 HD+ features a 1080p screen, a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has a 9,000mAh battery, which Lenovo says lasts for 18 hours, and can charge your Android phone, care of a B-type USB cable. That's pretty neat if you don't carry around a laptop, and your tablet's your last resort for smartphone battery life.
Lenovo does pack its Yoga Tablet with its own suite of DOit apps, which are now officially available in the Google Play store. Lenovo says you can remove the apps if you'd rather not use them, but I didn't have a chance to try this myself during my short hands-on demo. Lenovo also stuck with the stock Android keyboard rather than using a third-party keyboard app.
I'm interested to see if life with the tablet is any different now that both its aesthetics and its internals have been beefed up a bit. We're looking forward to spending more time with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ as soon as it becomes available in April.
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