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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ : Hands-on

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus: The Android tablet that stands out from the rest

It was only a few months ago, in November 2013, that Lenovo showed off its Yoga Tablet 10, a 10-inch Android tablet with an integrated stand housing an enormous battery. 

I liked the fact that it was trying to do something different, but the benefits of a long battery life and low price point did not offset the awfully grainy screen and under-par processor. 

Showing off the upgraded Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus at MWC 2014 Lenovo is hoping it has righted the wrongs, albeit at a little more cost to the consumer as it will cost $50 more. I took a closer look to see whether it had.


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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus: Screen

Starting with its predecessor's biggest failing, it’s immediately clear that the IPS screen on the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus is light-years better. The 1,920 x 1,200 resolution still lags behind the likes of the iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 or Galaxy Note 10.1, but it looks sharp and colourful and has none of the grainy murkiness of the previous 1280 x 800 display. 

In the bright fluorescently lit show hall it also managed to throw out a reasonable amount of light and brightness and colour uniformity looked good. 

The Yoga Tablet 10 HD resolved the biggest issue the previous model had but the improvements haven’t ended with the screen.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus: Design

In true iterative development style Lenovo has also tweaked the design and ergonomics of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus. 

I was always a fan of how the previous model looked and felt. The soft metallic curves felt right in hand, particularly when held in portrait mode, and the fact that a case wasn’t required to stand it up for a Netflix marathon was a big bonus. In factm the little stand was infinitely adjustable, meaning you could use the tablet in the configuration that suits you best. 

The only problem was that the stand was a little short, leading to some tip-over issues if the screen was pressed to firmly. To combat this Lenovo has extended the integrated stand making it more stable. 

All these extras mean that the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus is not light. It weighs in at 615g – the good news is that’s still lighter than the previous generation iPad 4, even though it has the same screen size and has significantly better battery life.

The chunky rounded base also means Lenovo has the ability to improve sound. Decent sound requires space and the Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus comes with improved front-firing speakers. I wasn’t able to try these during my time with the tablet, but it’s an idea that's worked well for the HTC One and, in theory, it should work well for the Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus, although the sound quality of its predecessor wasn’t great.

The keyboard cover that can be bought separately has also had a little nip and tuck. It’s now sturdier and the keys feel decent. The proprietary charger has also gone, meaning you can charge it using the same microUSB charger the Yoga Tablet 10 HD uses. The touch pad is also more pleasing, so you could use the tablet as a mini Android laptop without ending up hating the world and everyone in it.  

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus: Specs and Features

The Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor runs at 1.6 GHz and is supported by 2GB RAM. I found it to be pleasingly responsive and speedy enough for Android 4.3 (an update to Android 4.4 is on the horizon). It won’t compete in benchmark tests with the blisteringly fast big boys from other manufacturer, but then it costs half the price and still should be more than fast enough to run all the games and app on the Google Play store without any problems whatsoever.  

For storage the Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus will come in 16GB and 32GB editions – both with microSD card slots for adding more storage if required. Some markets will also get the option of 3G, but not in the USA. 

There’s a front 1.6 megapixel camera for video calling as well as an upgraded 8 megapixel rear camera – a good thing if you’re a tablet photographer as the 5 megapixel affair on the previous model was not great.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus: Battery Life

The real ace up the Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus sleeve is the massive 9000 mAh battery, which Lenovo claims offers 18 hours of battery life. That’s significantly more than most 10-inch tablets – Android or otherwise.


First Impressions of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD

Lenovo has clearly listened to the criticisms of its first Yoga tablet and seems to have resolved many of the issues holding it back. In particular I am pleasantly surprised by quite how much better the screen is – the small $50 (UK price to be confirmed) price bump is more than worth it. On this evidence the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD Plus could be a real stand-up Android tablet.

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