New 13-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Rounds Out Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Lineup

Subject: Mobile | October 29, 2014 - 09:08 PM |
Tagged: yoga tablet 2, Windows 8.1, Lenovo, Bay Trail, atom z3745, atom

Lenovo made a new 13-inch Windows 8.1 tablet official today rounding out the company's Yoga Tablet 2 family. The aptly named Yoga Tablet 2 With Windows (13") combines the design and hardware features of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro with the smaller 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2 (Android or Windows) siblings. This tablet lacks the Pico projector of the Pro model, but keeps the JBL audio hardware, QHD IPS display, and kickstand. It further adds a larger version of the Bluetooth AccuType keyboard seen on the 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Windows model. Aimed at productivity tasks, the Bay Trail-powered PC is equipped with additional memory and storage along with an ample 12,800 mAh battery rated at up to 15 hours of general usage (including video/audio playback and web browsing). It will be available for purchase next month for $699.

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The Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows 13-Inch is a 2.27 pound (tablet only) PC featuring a 2560x1440 IPS display, JBL audio with a Wolfson Master Hi-Fi codec (two front facing 1.5W stereo speakers with a rear firing 5W subwoofer), 1.6MP webcam for video conferencing, and a bundled AccuType keyboard cover. External IO includes one micro HDMI video output, one micro USB port, and micro SD card slot, and an analog audio jack. The tablet and keyboard are all ebony black which sets it apart from the other mostly silver-clad Yoga Tablet 2s.

Internally, Lenovo has chosen the quad core Intel Atom (Bay Trail) Z3745 clocked at 1.86GHz, 4GB of LPDDR3 memory, and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded upon by adding a micro SD card up to 64GB. There is no cellular data support, but the tablet does include dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. A large 12,800 mAh Lithium Polymer battery powers the tablet for up to 15 hours, according to Lenovo.

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The tablet runs the full version of Windows 8.1 and comes with a one month trail of Office 365 (which recently started offering 'unlimited' cloud storage).

It will be available for purchase in November on for $699.

I like the black design and the inclusion of a keyboard along with the usage of Windows 8.1 makes this a better choice for business users than the Android-running Yoga Tablet 2 Pro model. The specifications look pretty good for what it is, though I question how many Lenovo will sell at that price point. You can find older generation convertible tablets, even from Lenovo, running the faster Intel Core (Ivy Bridge and similar) chips in that price range not to mention regular laptops should you not need the hybrid/tablet nature. It is kind of in an odd middle ground between the budget Bay Trail devices and starter ultrabooks though the high resolution IPS display and audio do not hurt.

Do you think it has a place in the market and will you be picking one up?

*For reference, the 13" Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has an MSRP of $499 while the 10-inch Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows, with keyboard) has an MSRP of $399. The $200 or $300 premium (depending on the comparison) gets you (at least) a device with more memory and storage and potentially an added keyboard or a larger device.

Source: Lenovo

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October 30, 2014 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is there a rear camera on this model?

Is it 10-point multi-touch screen or 5-point multi-touch screen?

Is there any full size USB 3.0 ports on the keyboard?

Needs to be $100 to $150 cheaper than the $699.

October 30, 2014 | 02:13 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Is there a rear camera on this model?

No, only the front-facing 1.6MP webcam

Is it 10-point multi-touch screen or 5-point multi-touch screen?

I believe it is a 10-point touch panel like the other models.

Is there any full size USB 3.0 ports on the keyboard?

No, there is a micro USB port on the right side, but no full sized USB 3.0 port(s). Looks to be too thin for a full sized port.

October 30, 2014 | 02:17 AM - Posted by Kwaz

This looks pretty interesting and like something that I might just pick up.

I'm looking for something thinner than my Y510p. This won't have near the graphics horsepower, or the CPU for that matter.

Any word on how much ram this comes with? Another thing I'm interested in is the storage. Out of curiosity - how fast is it?

Do you know if the micro usb port is USB 3?

October 30, 2014 | 02:57 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC. Not sure on the storage speed, it will be somewhere  between spindle/HHD and a 'real' SSD.

It is micro USB 2.0, 3.0 is a slightly differently shaped connector.

October 30, 2014 | 03:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey, Tim!

Noticed an error in your post: the 10 inch is $399, you have $699.

October 30, 2014 | 03:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Never mind! Reading comprehension error on my part!

October 30, 2014 | 03:39 AM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

I cannot understand for the life of me why the four year old phone I got for free on a pay as you go deal has a better camera than this thing does. It's not even just convenient as for anyone who actually has to use the thing is just gunna' get pissed off and want an acceptable quality camera, which would likely be through USB, which these devices are still forcing us to use third-party shoddy adapters that take two months to ship from Hong Kong and that may or may not burn our homes down just to plug in a freakin' USB device.

Yes, it's too thin.
Honestly, make it thicker then. Just enough to fit some freakin' USB plugs. Yes, it's nice to be portable, thin and light as possible. But not if you're making 80% of it's POTENTIAL functionality a hassle to use in the process.

The only reason people don't all click with the whole tablets replacing the laptop market. "how do i plug dis in though wtf?"

Either sort out USB already, provide us with the proper cables or at the freaaaakin' least don't cheap out on something as cheap as a webcam on your high end devices.

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