Mere weeks after announcing a new roster of Yoga devices earlier in October, Lenovo’s at it again with a new 13.3-inch Windows tablet that—like the other tablets—comes with its own keyboard cover. This tablet hides a potentially neat new trick, however.
As you’d expect from Lenovo’s Yoga lineup, the new tablet can be used in four modes: the now-usual hold, stand, and tilt form factors, as well as a brand new hang mode. For the latest Yoga maneuver, Lenovo put a hole in the kickstand, allowing you to hang your tablet on a wall for presentations or video viewing.
The story behind the story: The Yoga lineup’s blend of versatility and productivity-friendly design rapidly propelled Lenovo’s laptop-slash-tablets to the top of the Windows hybrid heap. While the Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows almost seems to be more about filling a potential hole in Lenovo’s hardware lineup than driving innovation forward, the new hang mode could appeal to the business crowd that usually opts for ThinkPads over Yogas.
Lenovo’s new 13-inch Windows tablet is basically just a beefed up version of the Android-based Tablet 2 Pro announced earlier in the month. Unlike the Tablet 2 Pro, however, the 13-inch Windows version doesn’t appear to come packed with a pico projector. That’s seems like a bit of an odd choice considering built-in mini projectors would be a sought-after feature for business users who are more likely to choose Windows over Android, but hey, maybe the new hang mode compensates for that.
Just as with the Tablet 2 Pro, the new 13-inch Windows tablet offers Intel’s 1.86GHz Atom “Bay Trail” Z3745 quad-core processor, a 13.3-inch Quad HD IPS display with 2560-by-1440 resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1.6MP front-facing camera. The audio extras are also the same, including the two large speakers, a JBL subwoofer, and the Wolfson Master Hi-Fi Codec.
But because this is a Windows tablet, Lenovo wisely bumped up the RAM to 4GB and doubled the onboard storage to 64GB. The microSD slot is the same as the Tablet 2 Pro’s, supporting up to another 64GB for 128GB maximum on the Windows version. Lenovo also added a larger battery than the Tablet 2 Pro’s: a 12,800mAh power pack that Lenovo says can provide up to 15 hours of tablet time for the 13-inch Windows slate.
Packing a bigger battery, the new Windows tablet is a tad heavier than its Android counterpart, coming in at 2.27 pounds (without the keyboard cover) versus 2.09 pounds.
Similar to all kinds of other Windows devices out there, the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows includes a free one-month subscription to Office 365. Lenovo says it will start selling the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows in November for $700.