New Lenovo Yoga tablet hides a surprise: A projector for impromptu movie nights

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Lenovo’s newest Yoga tablet can create an epic movie night.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, one of two Android tablets the company is announcing Thursday in London, has a projector built right into its hinge that can broadcast a 50-inch image. According to Lenovo, it also has the audio prowess to match, with a sound system powered by JBL, a popular line for home theaters.

The device joins the Yoga Tablet 2 as the newest members in Lenovo’s line of Android-powered tablets. (The company also announced a few Windows mobile devices at the same event.)

Why this matters: Lenovo’s Yoga tablets are already unique in the Android world for their hinged kickstands, which let the devices stand on their own. Now they stand apart in another way: The Tablet 2 Pro’s projector is a surprising first that’s the best kind of party trick, turning streaming video into a home-theater-like experience for family movie nights or sleepovers. 

A big tablet with big-picture ambitions

Even without the projector, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro would be one of the nicer Android tablets available. It sports a massive 13.3-inch display with a 2560x1440 resolution, rivaling what you would typically find in a laptop. Lenovo says it gets 15 hours of battery life and 32GB of storage, with expansion to 64GB via an SD card.

The kickstand now has a hole cut out of it, the easier to grip and unfold it—or hang the entire tablet for hands-free video watching. 

That kickstand and metal build means it’s heavier, coming in at two pounds. The iPad Air, by comparison, weighs just one pound.

The Tablet 2 Pro goes on sale at the end of October and starts at $500.

10-inch Tablet 2 has optional keyboard

The lighter, more compact Yoga Tablet 2 comes with either an 8- or 10-inch display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It offers 16GB of storage space, which can be expanded to 64GB with an SD card. Lenovo built an optional Bluetooth-powered keyboard cover for the 10-inch model, lending it a dash of productivity. 

Just like the Tablet 2 Pro, the Tablet 2 runs Android KitKat 4.4 and includes some proprietary Lenovo apps focused on data backup and virus protection.

The Tablet 2 gets 18 hours of battery life, which should get you through a day of usage on a single charge. These models go on sale alongside the Tablet 2 Pro in a few weeks, priced at $250 for the 8-inch version and $300 for the 10-inch screen option.

In our last look at an Android-powered Yoga we felt lukewarm about the kickstand but were impressed with the screen. We’ll have more impressions once we get our hands on these new models.

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