When we reviewed Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 10 tablet last fall, we liked the 10-inch Android tablet’s useful kickstand-centric design and long battery life. However, we were unimpressed the device’s low resolution, 1280 x 800 display. Enter the $350 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, which adds in a sharp, 1920 x 1200 display, a new suite of proprietary “DOiit apps” and a higher-res 8-MP camera. We had a chance to go hands-on with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ here at Mobile World Congress 2014 and were impressed with its sharp display and functional design.
At first glance, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ looks identical to its $299 predecessor with the same metallic chassis and roughly the same weight (1.35 pounds instead of 1.33 pounds). However, the new tablet is available in both silver and champagne colors and its kickstand is ever-so-slightly longer.
Like the Yoga Tablet 10 before it, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ can be positioned in three different “modes,” in addition to plain vanilla landscape mode. We enjoyed positioning the device in stand mode, which is perfect for presentations or media viewing, and tilt mode, which occurs when you place the device face up on a table with the kickstand holding it up. Holding the device in portrait orientation is considered “book mode” because you’re gripping the cylindrical battery like the binding of a book.
The Lenovo Tablet 10 HD+ has the same 9,000 mAh battery as the Yoga Tablet 10, which means it should come close to the 11-hour and 17 minutes of endurance the original tablet got on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. The HD+ can also charge other devices. So if you want to attach your phone to it using a standard USB OTG cable, you can juice the phone from the tablet.
The 1920 x 1200 display looked extremely colorful in our tests and its 10-point touch digitizer responded immediately to our touches. The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ provided extremely smooth navigation around the home screens, perhaps due to its Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, which is a bit faster than the 1.2-GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU on the original. Lenovo has also bumped the camera from 5-MP to 8-MP.
We also liked the new version of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+’s keyboard cover. This $59 accessory has also been improved slightly with a heftier design and more laptop-like feel. We easily slide the cover on and off of the Yoga Tablet HD 10+ and appreciated its solid layout and key travel.
The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is due out later this spring, running Android 4.2 at first, but Android 4.4 soon after. We look forward to putting it through its paces.