Lenovo announces a cheaper version of its innovative Yoga Book
Aimed at emerging markets and people not looking for the power and extra expense of the Yoga Book itself, the Yoga A12 pares back the power — it has an Intel Atom x5 chip, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage by default — to go along with the 12.2-inch HD screen, though it's unclear whether it's 720p or 1080p (I'd venture to say the former).
The Yoga Book's keystone feature, the Halo keyboard, makes a return on the Yoga A12, which the company says has been improved and thinned out since its first iteration. That the Yoga A12 runs Android out of the box is a given, but this version will not come with a Windows option unlike its more expensive counterpart. There's also no stylus input support, which leant the Yoga Book something of a productivity win with a certain demographic, but the tablet does have a 360-hinge that can be positioned in many ways.
The Yoga 12 goes on sale Wednesday, February 8 for $299 in one of two colors: Gunmetal Grey or Rose Gold.
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Sounds like it's too under powered in this configuration to really serve much of a purpose as both a productive and fun tablet combo, and the missing stylus option seems to further cannibalize that purpose. Nice to see they're at least attempting to stay competitive out there with chromebooks that do much of the same at this point however.
Why make this running android? Wouldn't it be better to make it with Chrome OS now that android apps can run on Chromebooks?
I wish they would focus on fixing the issues with the original one. My wife's has random locking up and rebooting issues. Waiting to see if this is fixed in the next couple of updates. If not, it will get returned.
I like the idea of the yoga book but the keyboard gimmick is odd
Too bad I'll never buy a Lenovo ever again. The build quality on their non-Thinkbooks are horrid; my Flex 3 stutters when playing audio, lags, and shuts itself down randomly for no reason. Lenovo tech support has no clue what's going on, and even after sending them my laptop to repair and being without it for a month they still haven't fixed it. Avoid Lenovo at all costs!
That's weird. My company only orders Lenovo and we have very few problems with quite a large sample size. We do usually buy the T400S series which is the business line ultraportable. They are extremely rock solid. OEM's use a lot of reference items as their internals (from Intel and the like). And there are definitely cheaper lines of laptops that Lenovo has to create to be competitive in the lower end. But I can speak for their high end stuff. It's all top notch.
DMX - Faith Evans - custom mix - Hows it Going Down....
It seems to have been pulled from the site in the US and no sign of it in the UK