The Lenovo Yoga 8 and Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet (With Kickstand and Battery Cylinder)

In recent years, Lenovo as been very bold in rolling out laptops sporting designs never before soon in the industry. Some of these gambles such as with the Lenovo Yoga 11 and 13 touchscreen laptops have paid off with brisk sales, pushing them to the forefront in tablet-laptop hybrids.





This adventurous spirit in design can be seen in the Lenovo Yoga 8 and Lenovo Yoga 10 tablet, both sporting a design never seen before in the tablet universe. As you would have noticed by now, it seems like a long metallic cylinder has been soldered onto one of the sides of the tablet. As awkward as it seems, upon closer inspection and use, it is actually much more practical than it looks.

Both the Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 have identical specifications. Both models come with a quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (under a custom Lenovo user interface). The Yoga 8 comes with a 8-inch screen while the Yoga 10 comes with a 10.1-inch screen. Many would consider this set of specs to be a little under-whelming, especially when compared to various flagship tablets from other brands. Nevertheless, for the average user, the new catchy design might just be enough to distract away from this fact.

Notice how almost every tablet casing out there comes with a tilting stand or tilt-able design? The truth is, we all use our tablets by tilting it at an angle and from the looks of it there will come a day where every tablet would come with a tilting mechanism. Until recently, the only mainstream tablet in the market that comes with a tilting mechanism is the Windows Surface tablet. We can now add the Lenovo Yoga 8 and 10 to that list.

One of the main functions of the metallic cylinder on the side of the tablet is to enable to tilt at various angles. Unlike the new Windows Surface 2 stand that can only tilt at two angles, the kickstand that is attached to these Lenovo tablets can be tilted at various angles. The cylindrical protrusion also serves several other purposes. For one, it can be used as a grip. The large surface area of the cylinder enables a pretty snug and comfortable grip when you use it to hold up your tablet. The cylinder also houses a large battery than can power the tablet for up to 18 hours on one charge, which is extremely impressive by any tablet standards.

The laptops are also very competitively priced. The 16GB model of the Lenovo Yoga 8 is priced at $250 while the Lenovo Yoga 8 is priced at $300. Overall, we really like the bold the innovative design of these two tablets. The design may seem a little strange at first, but it is actually very functional and extremely practical in reality. It would definitely make a good buy for anyone who is in the market for a mid-range, innovative tablet.

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