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The first multimode Android tablets and laptops from Lenovo

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After Lenovo defies PC slump with 35% profit jump [Reuters TV YouTube channel, Nov 7, 2013]

The rapid rise in mobile computing alongside a wobbly transition to Windows 8 has hit the balance sheet of most PC makers. But Lenovo isn’t most PC makers.

the company launched its highly anticipated, multi-mode Yoga Tablet, with up to 18 hours of battery life, as well as its new dual-mode consumer laptop, IdeaPad A10 with the ability to flip the screen 300 degrees into a stand mode for a more natural, comfortable touch experience. These innovative offerings for the Android market are the latest steps in Lenovo’s ongoing consumer brand building effort. For the Yoga Tablet Lenovo is even partnering with Ashton Kutcher – the well known actor and technology investor with 15 million Twitter followers – to showcase this cutting edge technology and innovation.

Consolidated sales of Lenovo’s Mobile Internet Digital Home (MIDH) consumer products, including smartphones and tablets already increased 106 percent year-over-year during the second fiscal quarter to US$1.5 billion, representing 15 percent of the Company’s total revenue during the quarter. In China, Lenovo’s smartphone shipments increased by 64 percent year-over-year, helping the company maintain its strong position as the second largest smartphone supplier in that market. With the latest Android based offerings Lenovo could further its consumer market position in a differentiated way both in China and worldwide. 

LENOVO® YOGA TABLET

The Yoga Tablet’s innovation lies in the unique handle design of its cylindrical battery, enabling three different usage modes – hold, stand and tilt, each offering a unique and beneficial way for users to interact with their tablet. The battery lasts up to an incredible 18 hours, taking the tablet experience to the next level. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet is available with both 8- and 10-inch screen sizes along with built-in multimedia features for entertainment on the go.

Innovative Multimode Design.

imageYoga Tablet’s pioneering design incorporates a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. In hold mode, the weight of the device falls into your palm rather than your fingers, making it more comfortable for reading and browsing. Lay it down for Tilt mode and you have a perfect viewing angle for typing or gaming. Flick the kickstand and rest it upright in Stand mode to comfortably watch videos, listen to music, or video-chat.
imageOptional Wireless Keyboard

Turn your Yoga Tablet 10 into a productivity machine with the optional Accutype keyboard, a stylish Bluetooth accessory that also serves as a cover for your device.

 

Detailed Specification

Processor
Yoga Tablet 8: MT8125 (WiFi)/8389 (3G in select countries, not US) Quad Core 1.2GHz
Yoga Tablet 10: MT8125(WiFi)/8389 (3G in select countries, not US) Quad Core 1.2GHz
Operating System
AndroidTM 4. 2 Jelly Bean
Display/
Resolution
8-inch or 10-inch HD display (1280×800) with multitouch & 178o wide viewing angle
Memory
RAM: 1GB LP-DDR2 memory
Storage
Internal Storage: 16GB/32GB eMMC
External storage: 64 GB micro-SD card storage support
Sound
Dual front-facing speakers with Dolby® Digital Plus DS1
Microphone with noise reduction

Integrated Comms
Micro USB, up to 32G micro SD card, 3.5 millimeter audio jack, micro SIM (3G in select countries, not US)
Wireless
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi , 3G (in select countries, not US): WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)*, GSM/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)*, integrated Bluetooth® 4.0**
Camera
5MP rear camera, 1.6M HD front camera
Battery***
Extended battery life with up to 18 hours on a single charge
Weight****
Yoga Tablet 8: .88-.89 pounds (401-404 grams)
Yoga Tablet 10: 1.33-1.34 pounds (605-610 grams)
Dimensions
Yoga Tablet 8: 8.39 x 5.67 x (.12 – .29) inches (213 x 144 x (3.0-7.3) millimeters)
Yoga Tablet 10: 10.28 x 7.09 x (.12 – .32) inches (261 x 180 x (3.0-8.1) millimeters)
* Phone call functionality only available in select countries: India, China, ASEAN Indonesia, Thailand
** Android 4.2 OS supports the PXP profile of Bluetooth 4.0
*** Actual battery life may vary based on many factors including screen brightness, active applications, features, power management settings, battery age and conditioning, and other customer preferences. Testing consisted of full battery discharge while performing each of the following tasks: two hours of video playback plus two hours of MP3 audio playback in Stand-by Mode plus two hours of Internet browsing using WiFi in Tilt Mode plus twelve hours of reading in Hold Mode.
**** Wi-Fi/3G weight allowance: ± 2g

Lenovo Unveils Its First Multimode Yoga Tablet [press release, Oct 29, 2013]

Multimode computing leader Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today debuted its first multimode Yoga Tablet at a livestream launch event with Ashton Kutcher, the company’s newest product engineer. Known for pioneering innovative multimode devices like the Yoga convertible laptop, Lenovo now brings people a new way to get the most out of their tablet experience.
The game-changing Yoga Tablet features three unique modes, giving consumers a better way to use a tablet. Withhold, tilt and stand modes, the tablet adapts to the way people use it instead of forcing people to adapt to the technology. Additionally the Yoga Tablet has an amazing up to 18 hours of battery life1 to truly fit users’ ultra mobile lifestyles.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet Product Tour [Lenovo YouTube channel, Oct 29, 2013]
Meet the Yoga Tablet, Lenovo’s multimode tablet. Enjoy a better tablet experience with three awesome modes: hold, stand and tilt modes and get an amazing up to 18 hours of battery life. Featured song is “Keep Together” by Hunter Hunted. Learn More:http://lnv.gy/yogatablet

“Watching and discovering that people frequently use tablets in three main ways allowed us to break the mold on the current ‘sea of sameness’ designs, giving them a better way to read, browse, watch and interact with content,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. “As consumers’ continue to demand innovative multimode designs we’re thrilled to have Ashton Kutcher on board with us to help further develop the immersive and complementary hardware and rich content experience.”

Yoga Tablet: Three Modes And Longer Battery Life Give Tablets A Better Way
One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to tablets. Lenovo designers and engineers identified three challenges tablet users face: fatigue when holding and using the tablet; no self-supporting mechanism when laid on a flat surface; and an inadequate viewing angle when set on a table. These scenarios inspired Lenovo to break the mold on the “sea of sameness” design and to create Yoga Tablet’s unique modes.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet: Better by Design [Lenovo YouTube channel, Oct 29, 2013]
Why did Lenovo design the Yoga Tablet with three modes, a unique hinge, and 18-hour battery life? Lenovo product managers, designers and engineers discuss the user research they conducted that directly contributed to the design of this innovative multimode tablet. Learn More: http://lnv.gy/yogatablet

With its exclusive cylindrical handle, hold mode is designed to fit an individual’s hand, so the Yoga Tablet is easier to hold and offers more control over the device whereas other tablets require two hands. Hold mode makes reading, checking social media and browsing the web easy and parallels how people hold magazines when reading.
To convert the Yoga Tablet into stand mode, simply rotate the side cylinder 90° so that the tablet stand deploys, allowing the tablet to stand by itself on a desk or table. Users can change the viewing angle to fit what’s comfortable for them from 110° to 135°. Stand mode makes it easy for users to comfortably watch movies, place video calls and interact with the ten-finger touchscreen without having to rely on add-on accessories.
Users can lay the Yoga Tablet down in tilt mode to type directly on the tablet, play games and just surf the Internet with a better viewing angle. To further enhance the rich content and multimode tablet experience, users can enable the tablet’s auto-detection software that automatically brings up frequently used apps in hold and stand modes.
The Yoga Tablet’s multimode design not only provides a better usability experience, it offers dramatically longer battery life of up to 18 hours1, which is significantly more than the amount of typical tablets. Its cylindrical handle packs in powerful, dual batteries and unlike most tablets, it uses batteries typically found in laptops. The Yoga Tablet can even charge other devices such as smartphones via its USB on-the-go2. The 10 inch and 8 inch models run on MT8125 for WiFi models and MT8389 Quad Core processors for 3G models with 16 or 32 GB capacity and feature Android 4.2. Also equipped with Dolby® audio, Yoga Tablet’s front-facing speakers create a powerful surround sound experience through the device speakers and with headphones.
Extremely mobile, both models are featherweights weighing in at 1.35 lbs for the 10-in model and 0.88 lbs for the 8-in model. They feature high definition 1280 x 800 displays, a 5 MP auto focus rear camera plus an additional front camera, a micro SD expansion slot, allowing up to 64 GB of total storage, WiFi and optional 3G in select countries and a micro USB connection and Dolby DS1 for rich audio. Lenovo offers an optional Bluetooth keyboard for the 10-in model that functions as a cover and even wakes up the tablet when it’s removed and puts the tablet to sleep when it’s attached.  Users can also opt for a WD100 dongle in select countries to stream video content from the tablet wirelessly to a TV. Lenovo also offers a portfolio of services solutions for the Yoga Tablet including warranty extensions, upgrades and premium technical support.
Pricing and Availability3
MSRP is $249 and $299, for the 8-in and 10-in, respectively. Starting on Oct. 30, the 8-in model will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores and www.lenovo.com while the 10-in model will be available via major retailers including Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Fry’s, Newegg.com andwww.lenovo.com. The Lenovo Yoga 10 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover is $69 and will be available beginning Oct. 30 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow news about the Yoga Tablet at #betterway. The press kit is available at: http://news.lenovo.com/betterway.
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com.
1Actual battery life may vary based on many factors including screen brightness, active applications, features, power management settings, battery age and conditioning, and other customer preferences. Testing consisted of full battery discharge while performing each of the following tasks:  two hours of video playback plus two hours of MP3 audio playback in Stand-by Mode plus two hours of Internet browsing using WiFi in Tilt Mode plus twelve hours of reading in Hold Mode.
2Additional cable required to use this feature.
3Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

LENOVO® IDEAPAD A10 LAPTOP

Want to enjoy apps on the go on an ultraportable Android notebook without busting your budget? The Lenovo A10 is an innovative, thin and light, dual-mode laptop that flips 300 degrees from laptop to stand mode, a perfect way to enjoy movies on the go or make the most of touchscreen applications.

Note: Pricing and availability information will come later. According to a Chinese source the starting price of IdeaPad A10 will be around 1,500 RMB, i.e. US$ 246. The official price of the 10-inch Yoga Tablet in China is 2,299 RMB, i.e. US$ 377. Considering that the price of the Yoga Tablet in U.S. is $299 this could mean an IdeaPad A10 starting price for the external markets as low as $199. In Germany the laptop is priced at €249, corresponding to which $249 is the more likely price.

Multimode Notebook — Switch Between Laptop and Stand Modes

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When you’re relying heavily on the keyboard — writing emails or blogging, for example — keep your A10 in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity. But when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. The A10’s unique design means it adapts to whatever you choose to Do.

Detailed Specification

Processor
Rockchip RK3188 Cortex-A9 Quad Core 1.6GHz
Operating system
Android
Bus architecture
1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC2-8500)
Graphic Chipset
Integrated Graphics, ARM Mali-400 MP4 533 MHz
Display/Resolution
10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) with multitouch
Standard memory
DDR3L (Max Memory 1GB or 2GB)
SSD
eMMC 16GB, 32GB
I/O ports
Combo headphone jack, Combo build in Microphone jack, USB 2.0 × 2, Micro USB × 1, TF card (Micro-SD)
Audio
Combo audio jack × 1, Speaker × 2, Built-in microphone
Video
HDMI port × 1
Bluetooth
only support BT&WIFI combo module
Keyboard
New Key Board
Touch pad
One piece touchpad
Integrated camera
0.3 mega pixels
Battery
2 cells/22.6Wh Polymer, supports up to nine hours of continuous video playback
AC adapter
5V Universal AC Adapter, 100-240V/50-60Hz, 10W with 5V DC output
Weight
less than 1kg
Dimensions
just 17.3mm at its thickest point

Lenovo A10 Debuts as First Lenovo Laptop Powered by Android [press release, Oct 18, 2013]

Multimode computing leader Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the Lenovo A10, an affordable, ultra-portable, dual-mode laptop and the company’s first to run on Android 4.2 OS. Weighing less than 1kg and measuring just 17.3mm at its thickest point, the Lenovo A10 is an ideal companion for users on the go, providing easy access to a wide range of apps on a unique, dual-mode platform, which enhances the user experience for entertainment and Web browsing as well as productivity.
Lenovo IdeaPad A10 – ARM TechCon ’13 [ARMflix YouTube channel, Oct 29, 2013]
Andy Frame, Senior Marketing Manager, Processor Division of ARM showcases the Lenovo IdeaPad A10, a dual mode Android notebook. It is based on quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 & quad-core Mali-400 GPUs.

“In laptop mode,” users can take advantage of the A10’s unique, Lenovo-customized user interface, which provides an app launcher, task bar and status bar for quick, intuitive access to the app library and desktop, as well as convenient multitasking and app switching. File manager software, also included with the Lenovo customized OS, makes it easy to locate and manage a library of documents, videos and music. In laptop mode, the device offers a full-size ergonomic, AccuType keyboard for safe, comfortable use.
With the A10’s 10.1-inch HD (1366 x 768) resolution screen flipped around 300 degrees in “stand mode,” the Lenovo A10 shines as a device optimized for touch-enabled apps and entertainment. The stable hinge and “fold-back” design keeps the device steady and prevents shaking and bouncing while using the 10-point multi-touch screen. Stereo speakers and an integrated 0.3M webcam help users stay connected with family and friends while enjoying an immersive “sight and sound” experience with multimedia apps, games and video.
The Lenovo A10 is powered by an [Rockchip] RK3188, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, running at a maximum frequency of 1.6GHz, the highest frequency for all quad-core ARM-based CPUs currently available. The Cortex-A9 processor delivers solid performance for gaming and entertainment purposes, as well as enhances users’ ability to multitask and be productive. In addition, the A10’s battery supports up to nine hours of continuous video playback, ensuring that it is ready to perform, both on the road and at the desk.
“With the recent explosive growth in Android-based, smart connected devices, customers are relying more on Android apps for both work and play. Why should they be required to switch and duplicate to use their laptop? Lenovo’s A10 brings ultra-portability and dual-mode benefits to Android users at a reasonable price,” said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group. “Thin and light, with multiple modes and user-inspired innovations for an outstanding user experience … the A10 is uniquely Lenovo.”
Pricing and availability varies per region. The A10 will not be available in North America. Please contact your local PR representative for details.
For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook.
About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com.
*Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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