Lenovo Malaysia launched Yoga Book, the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet and Phab 2 series which includes the world’s first phablet that supports Google Tango technology.
Yoga Book, 2-in-1 tablet with drawing pad
Yoga Book is a 2-in-1 tablet with a Halo Keyboard and a Real Pen dual-use stylus that can write on both paper and tablet.
It is available in two operating system (OS): Windows 10 (Home or Pro) and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The hardware specification for the two OS are identical, except Android model has a nano SIM slot and supports 4G LTE.
The 2-in-1 tablet is powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB storage space. It supports microSD card up to 128GB.
Yoga Book tablet consists of two part, the Screen and the Create Pad (keyboard). They are connected by Lenovo signature 360-degree watchband hinge.
Screen is 10.1-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen display with AnyPen Technology. You can use any pen or pencil or object with a sharp tip to write on it. However, it does not detect pen pressure like the Create Pad.
Create Pad is a flat smooth black surface where you draw or take notes using the bundled Real Pen stylus. It is touch-enabled with EMR Pen Technology that can detect 2,048 levels of pen pressure.
You can write and draw on a piece of plain paper on Create Pad and your notes and sketches will be instantly digitised into the tablet.
Halo Keyboard appears and disappears with a touch of a button, allowing you to switch between typing and sketching. The flat keyboard gives haptic feedback and word prediction when you are typing.
Yoga Book thickness is 9.6mm and weight 690 gram. The built-in battery is 8500 mAh Li-ion Polymer, which gives you up to 15-hour battery life.
Phab 2 Pro, world’s 1st Tango-enabled smartphone
Phab 2 series smartphones include Phab 2 Pro, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2. Phab 2 series is 6.4-inch phablet.
They have triple array microphone with active noise-cancellation and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 surround sound recording.
Phab 2 series support dual SIM cards. Battery capacity is 4050 mAh, only Phab 2 Pro supports fast charge.
Phab 2 Pro
Phab 2 Pro is the world’s first smartphone powered by Google’s Tango technology. It enables the device for motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning. For example, you can download various Tango app to measure your furniture, envision an added sofa in your living room or watch dinosaurs roam the streets again.
Phab 2 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, supports microSD card up to 128GB. The display is 6.4-inch Quad HD 2K resolution with 2.5D curved glass.
16MP rear camera with Depth Sensor for Tango and Motion Tracking Sensor for Tango. Front camera’s resolution is 8MP.
The phone also supports Dolby Atmos for audio output.
Phab 2 Plus
Phab 2 Plus is powered by a MediaTek (MTK 8783) octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It does not have Tango technology.
The display resolution is Full HD. It has dual 13MP F2.0 rear camera and 8MP F2.2 front camera. Phab 2 Plus supports Dolby Atmos for audio output.
Phab 2 is the basic version of Phab 2 series. It is powered by a MediaTek (MTK 8735) Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It does not have Tango technology.
The 6.4-inch display is only HD resolution. Phab 2 has 13MP PDAF fast-focus rear camera and 5MP wide angle front camera.
Pricing and Availability
Yoga Book is bundled with Yoga Book sleeve, Real Pen and Book Pad. It will available at all Lenovo Exclusive Stores from end December 2016 onwards. The Yoga Book (Windows or Android version) price in Malaysia is from RM2,599, inclusive of GST.
Phab 2 series smartphones are bundled with a protective clear case. They will be available at selected Lenovo Exclusive stores and Lenovo Multi Brand Stores from mid-December 2016 onwards:
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the worldâ€™s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook is the latest model in Lenovo ThinkPad X series â€“ premium thin and light laptops for business.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is light and thin, weighing only 1.36KG and 15.15mm thin. With carbon-fiber construction, the worldâ€™s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook is durable, resistant to spills, drops, heat exposure, etc.
It features the Adaptive Keyboard which automatically changes the row of functions keys depending on what software you are using. Â Beside touch screen control, the Ultrabook also support air gesture and voice recognition controls.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch has high resolution ColorBurst display (2560×1440) and anti-glare screen. 300 nit with IPS provides a wide-screen viewing.
The premium Ultrabook has up to 9-hour battery life (over 70% improvement from last generation), with RapidCharge technology you get 80% charge in under an hour.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch also supports NFC and optional build-in 4G connectivity, which seldom includes in other notebooks.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Specs
Processor: 4th gen. Intel Core i5â€“4500U 1.6GHz processor / 4th gen. Intel Core i7â€“4600U 2.10GHz processor
If you have a tablet, then you probably buy a tablet stand too. Do you wish your tablet has a stand so that you do not need to bring tablet stand every time you go out?
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is the first Android tablet with kickstand to enable multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. Is the unique design brings good user experience? How is the tabletâ€™s performance and battery life?
Read my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review here for details.
My first impression about Yoga tablet 8 is good. The silver color metal body with battery cylinder on the side reminds me the Apple Magic Trackpad I am using.
Hold the tablet horizontally, below the display you see a pair of front-facing stereo speakers. The laser-etched back housing make the tablet comfortable to hold, not slippery. It prevents smudges and oily fingerprints.
The kickstand is integrated with battery cylinder. You flip it over to open kickstand. The hinge is stable to hold your tablet still. Covered by kickstand are the SIM slot and microSD card slot.
At one side of the kickstand is the 5MP rear facing camera and power button is located at the edge near the camera. micro USB port is next to the power button.
The power button is big and you need to press it quite deep (1cm?) to activate its function (sleep, wake, power on/off).
The opposite side of the power button is the 3.5mm headset jack, and above that is the volume rocker and microphone.
The kickstand maximum angle about 70 degree. It is quite straight for a small 8″ tablet which you will using in close distance.
Though Lenovo product tour video demo the kickstand hinge with adjustable angle, I found that it is easily fall back in lower angles. The kickstand is small and need to place on a still and flat surface.
As you can see, Yoga Tablet 8 has a different body shape than all other tablets. It took me few days to get familiar with its shape.
As in Lenovo’s demo, I prefer to hold the battery cylinder with one hand in vertical mode for reading. The ergonomic grip is more comfortable than holding other flat tablets. But, the tablet weight and smooth surface on battery cylinder, make it feels slippery to hold for long usage.
If you hold Yoga Tablet 8 horizontally with speakers at the bottom , it wonâ€™t be comfortable because of the battery cylinder.
When watching video on sofa, instead of using the tabletâ€™s kickstand, I prefer to hold Yoga Tablet 8 horizontally by resting my index finger under the battery cylinder. It is Stand-mode upside down in the air.
Yoga Tablet 8 is using 8-inch LED IPS multi-touch display with 1280×800 pixels resolution, which converted to 188.68 PPI. The screen resolution is common among budget tablets.
I did not notice colour balance problem. I enjoy using Yoga Tablet 8 for web surfing and reading articles, and watching video.
The viewing angle is good, I can read on screen text clearly in any modes â€“ hold, stand, or tilt. Lenovo claims that it has 178 degree viewing angle.
Every tablet should have front-facing speakers. Sadly, most tablets put their poor little speakers at the back or side.
Yoga Tablet 8 is one of the few tablets with front-facing stereo speakers. Better still, Lenovo make the audio output better with Dolby Digital Plus enhancement.
Depends on the tablet mode you are using, the volume buttons act differently. Volume up/down button are not fixed, the volume function can switch depends on the tablet alignment. For example, the volume up button in stand mode will become volume down button when you flip theÂ tablet upside down.
It is quite confusing at first but become natural later â€“ regardless the tablet alignment, the upper volume button increases volume, or vice versa.
Watching videos and listening to music on Yoga Tablet 8 is a pleasant experience. It may not be the top class audio output but better than average tablets.
Yoga Tablet 8 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It does not have app drawer, all installed apps are on the home screens. You can arrange apps in folders, you know, just like how iOS works. The app icons are cute looking with rounded corners and shadow.
The tablet includes a Smart Side Bar software that slide out from the home screenâ€™s edge offer you quick access to frequently used apps in hold and stand modes. It appears that the sound setting also changed according to the mode you are in.
However, the mode detection is not always right. Good to know that you can manually tell the tablet which mode you are using via the quick settings menu.
It is not the top performance processor like MediaTekâ€™s True 8-core CPU but normal tablet tasks such as web surfing, games, video playback can be handled without sweat.
While no problem handling multiple background apps, I noticed that sometimes Yoga Tablet 8 shows loading spinner after exit app. Not a big issue, it is one to two seconds waiting before return to home screen.
Here are the benchmark test scores for your references:
Vellamo HTML5: 1549
Vellamo Metal: 496
3DBenchmark Ice Storm: 2959
Compare to Gphone EVO with 8-core CPU (read my review here) , Yoga Tablet 8 (quad-core) is about 50% slower.
One of the selling feature of Yoga Tablet 8 is its huge battery capacity â€“ 6000 mAh.
In my test, the battery drained 8% after playing 1 hour YouTube video, meaning it could play non-stop video for around 12.5 hours.
Normal usage should last up to 18 hours as Lenovo claimed. During my review period, I only charge Yoga Tablet 8 every couple of days. Very nice!
Yoga Tablet 8 has dual cameras: 5MP back; 1.6MP front. The camera app has both photo and video buttons sitting side-by-side, allows you to take photo or video without changing shooting mode.
The front camera could not capture moving objects in indoor (low light). I only get 1 good take out of 10 of my selfie with baby:
Do not expect high quality photo using the 5MP back camera. As shown in the sample picture below taken in good light condition, the result is over exposed, low contrast. The details are lost.
Here is sample indoor video taken by Yoga Tablet 8 back camera:
Processor: MTK 8389 Quad Core 1.2GHz
OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Display: 8.0″ LED 1280800 IPS Multi-touch
Storage: 16GB EMMC, up to 64GB microSD
Dimension: 8.4â€œ x 5.7â€ x (0.1â€“0.3)”
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Sensor: G-Sensor & Ambient Light Sensor
GPS/Voice Call/3G/WiFi: Yes
Camera: 1.6MP front, 5.0MP back
Ports: 1x micro-USB, 1x 3.5mm audio jack
Battery: 2 cells 6000mAh
Price: RM 999
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8â€™s build quality is good, the unique cylindrical design is comfortable to hold.
With kickstand, front-facing stereo speakers and long battery life, Yoga Tablet 8 is the best tablet for watching movies.
However, there are other cheaper 7â€œ or 8â€ tablets with higher resolution, better performance, and less weight.
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I would like to thank LENOVO for the opportunity to review Yoga Tablet 8. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to send your products for review? Get in touch with me.