Lenovo did something few other companies have done in the tablet market when it released the Yoga Tablet 10 – it dared to try something a little bit different. This “difference” was largely down to an oversized (albeit stylish) base which housed a kick-stand and importantly allowed it to make a significant improvement on typical battery life.
Despite receiving rather mixed reviews, Lenovo was not deterred and is back with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, a device that promises a premium experience and comes with a range of upgrades on its predecessor.
Boasting a 10.1” full HD (1920×1200) display, Qualcomm SnapDragon quad-core 400 processor and an 8MP rear camera, it comes with 16GB and 32GB storage options (plus a microSD slot), Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3G option for selected countries. Importantly, the extended battery life is carried through here, with an estimated 18 hours of viewing pleasure, and running Android 4.3 (with an update to KitKat allegedly on the way) it appears as though, on paper at least, the HD+ could well be worth a look.
Though we’re a bit short of full reviews at the time of writing, a bunch of the usual contenders have already gone hands-on with the 10 HD+, so let’s see how it fares.
TechRadar praises the display on the new Yoga, though does note that “the resolution still lags behind some other larger-screened tablets such as the iPad Air”. It also appears to be very good value for money, undercutting many comparable competitors, but the 8MP camera sadly lacks an autofocus and flash, and didn’t appear to be overly impressive.
PC Advisor is pleased that Lenovo has tackled its biggest issues with the predecessor, namely the screen resolution and overall performance. It comments that “We found the old model of the Yoga Tablet 10 to be a little slow at times, but our first hands-on experience with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ suggests that it’s a fair bit speedier and smoother to use”. The display also receives praise here, and though it doesn’t quite stand up to the iPad Air, it does “match the density of the new Sony Xperia Z2 tablet’s display”.
Over at The Inquirer the impressive front-facing Dolby speakers get a mention for their clear-sounding audio, though the purported 18-hours battery life may be typically overstated, as in its tests “the device lasted for around 11 hours of uninterrupted use on full brightness while connected to WiFi”, which is still nothing to sniff at.
TrustedReviews was rather critical of the original Yoga, stating that “a long battery life and low price point did not offset the awfully grainy screen and under-par processor”, and goes on to state that during its hands-on test, these issues do seem to have been resolved. The general feel of the tablet also gets a mention, with the oversized base allowing for an additional benefit of it being comfortable to hold, though “the stand was a little short, leading to some tip-over issues if the screen was pressed too firmly”. It goes on to praise Lenovo for clearly listening to criticisms of the first tablet and directly addressing these issues, before concluding by saying that “the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus could be a real stand-up Android tablet”.
So there you have it. After a relatively mediocre showing from its first effort, the Yoga appears to have made significant improvements in all the right areas, making it a genuinely appealing mid-range device that could represent a real alternative to more established rivals.
The Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ starts at £299, and will be available from April via major retailers. For more information visit www.lenovo.com