Innovation in a Slate

Breaking the monotonous design and functionality of a tablet, Lenovo has added a pico projector to the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. But is this 13-inch Android tablet worth Rs 49,490?
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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
Price: Rs 49,490 Plus: Multimode, built-in projector Minus: Price

Breaking the monotonous design and functionality of a tablet, Lenovo has added a pico projector to the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. But is this 13-inch Android tablet worth Rs 49,490?

Design:
It has got a 13.3-inch display with 2560x1440 pixel resolution and wide viewing angles. It has got metal casing at the back and there is a round spine at the bottom that contributes towards its multimode functionality.

The spine makes it easy to hold the tablet in the hand. The kickstand pops out with a push of a button, and it can be used in the standing mode, slanting mode and even hung using the huge square hole in the kickstand. The power button has been added to the left of the spine with the charging port, 3.5 mm port and volume controls on the left panel. A projector lens has been added to the right side of the spine. Just below the display are the speaker grills hiding JBL 2.1 surround sound. Overall, this tablet has got a sturdy built but is heavy to hold at 948 grams.

Pico projector:
It can be turned on by using the dedicated key on the right panel of this tablet. When switched on, there is a projection prompt that suggests the tablet to be placed on a suitable projection angle for best performance. Once turned on, it mirrors the tablet screen and can be used for playing HD videos. Lenovo's idea of adding a built-in projector is to offer a rich home theatre experience and can be used to project up to 50 inches. The projection was bright in a pitch dark room but not in one with a minimal ambient lighting.

The focus button has been placed just below the lens, which makes it slightly difficult to adjust the focus. Lenovo has added an 8 Watt sound system, which is not very loud. Plugging in an external speaker will be a wise idea for creating a home theatre experience.

Performance:
It is powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 Processor paired with 2 GB RAM. It runs on Android KitKat (4.4.2) operating system and comes with 32 GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 64 GB using a microSD card. There isn't any app tray and all the apps are scattered between the multiple homescreens. It handles daily activities such as web browsing, checking emails and social networking sites and streaming videos with ease. However, there was a slight lag while switching between the running apps and even for a homescreen to redraw itself. Even the Chrome browser crashed when we tried to play videos within the browser. It is equipped with an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.6 MP HD front facing camera. Due to its size, capturing images wasn't very convenient. However, the images captured from the rear camera came out to be impressive.

Battery:
Lenovo claims to offer close to 15 hours of battery back-up on a single charge and it credits it to the tablet's unique, cylinder-shaped side chamber that allows more room for battery storage. With the projector playback, it lasted for close to five hours but when used as a tablet, it lasted over a day, which makes it a perfect companion during long flights.

Bag it or junk it: It comes with its share of shortcomings, but it is a performer

 

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