BARCELONA—Our first experience with an Android-powered Lenovo tablet was unfortunate. Powered by a weak MediaTek processor and a low-resolution display, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 was, as we originally wrote, “a shining example of mediocrity.”
But on Sunday Lenovo announced what appears to be a worthy Android do-over. The new 10.1-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet HD+ boasts a much more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with a 1920x1080 screen—the kind of specs that could help Lenovo battle Android tablet mainstays, mostly notably the second-generation Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX.
Just like past Lenovo tablets, the Yoga Tablet HD+ employs a nifty kickstand. You can tuck it away to hold the tablet for reading, or flip it out to stand up the device for watching a video.
The Yoga Tablet HD+ is fueled by a quad-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 9,000 mAh battery pack, which Lenovo claims lasts for up to 18 hours on a single charge. It also features Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, though Lenovo mentions it will eventually update to KitKat. The device comes with up to 32GB of storage, and a microSD expansion slot for more, as well as 8MP and 1.6MP rear- and front-facing cameras.
Lenovo is also launching a new suite of Android applications it calls DOit, which are intended to help “enhance the user experience of every Lenovo phone and tablet.” SHAREit lets users share a variety of file types, while SECUREit helps protect any compatible Android device against viruses, spam, and malware. There’s also an app called SYNCit, which helps back up and restore precious phone data, including SMS, messages, and call logs. Finally, an app called SEEit is essentially Lenovo’s version of a third-party photo gallery app.
Hopefully, Motorola’s Mobility team will have some influence on Lenovo’s apps. Motorola’s Assist and Migrate are both practical and well designed, but the screenshots made available in the Lenovo press release show a somewhat gaudy, outdated interface.
The apps will soon be available on the Google Play store. Apps for iOS, Windows Phone, and the Windows desktop platforms are also in development.