Lenovo's kickstand-packing Yoga tablets are already unconventional, but the new Tablet 2 Pro is downright odd. In addition to a relatively huge 13.3" screen and a built-in subwoofer, this beast of a device packs a pint-sized Pico projector into the curve of its kickstand hinge. Lenovo claims that the Tablet 2 Pro was developed with "product engineer" Ashton Kutcher, in case it wasn't already weird enough. The redesigned kickstand also includes a cutout that pulls double duty as a hole for the camera and a handy hanging point.
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For all the strangeness in the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, it's not banking solely on its design. The specs are impressive as well: that gigantic screen real estate doesn't go to waste thanks to a 2560x1440 resolution. Inside is an Atom Z3745 quad-core processor with a top speed of 1.86GHz (pretty typical for x86-based Android hardware), 2GB of RAM, 32 gigs of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, and a 9600mAh battery that Lenovo claims will last for 15 hours on a charge. You can lend some of that energy to your smartphone with a compatible cable. The rear camera is 8MP, twinned to 1.6MP on the front.
The front of the tablet holds two Dolby-certified stereo speakers, while the 5-watt JBL subwoofer hangs out on the left side. On the right sits the projector lens, which Lenovo says will project an image up to 50" from six feet away. Lenovo isn't saying much about the resolution of the projected image or the lumens on that lamp, but they do suggest a dark room. The size and the extra components make the tablet extremely heavy at 2.09 pounds.
The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will run Android 4.4 when it launches later this month. Lenovo is already selling it on its site for $499.99, which is actually pretty reasonable considering the capabilities.
Yoga Tablet 2, 10-inch version
But wait, there's more! The 8 and 10-inch Yogas get refreshed as well, now going by the more pedestrian name of Yoga Tablet 2. Both use identical processors, RAM, and cameras as the bigger tablet, though they do get their internal storage bumped down to 16GB each. Both tablets use a 1920x1200 screen. The 10-inch version uses a 9600mAh battery (18 hours of quoted life) while the 8-inch model gets a 6400mAh one (ditto), quite large by the standards of 8-inch tablets. Both of them have the "hang" hole in the kickstand, and a matching Bluetooth keyboard will be available for the 10-inch version.
Yoga Tablet 2, 8-inch version
The Yoga Tablet 2 10 and Yoga Tablet 2 8 will go on sale later this month for $299.99 and $249.99, respectively. Windows-powered versions of both will be available for purchase, but unfortunately there are no dual-boot options.