Lenovo is doubling down on pico-projector equipped tablets with the new Yoga Tab 3 Pro, which can spit out a 70-inch image. That’s a pretty decent step up from its predecessor’s 50-inch projector. Otherwise, though, the new Android tablet is just a further refinement of Lenovo’s unique tablet design. It has a rotating hinge that serves as a kickstand and also gives you something to grip onto when holding the Yoga Tab 3 Pro with one hand. While that hinge makes it a bit bulkier than most other tablets, it also packs in a huge 10,200mAh battery, which Lenovo says will last for around 18 hours of typical usage. Curiously, Lenovo chose to step down from the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro’s 13-inch screen: The new model sports a 10-inch quad HD display. The tablet market is rough, especially for the Android arena, so it seems like Lenovo is experimenting to see what consumers like best. Slideshow-316507
Under the hood, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5MP front-facing shooter, along with four JBL speakers on the front. Overall, Lenovo is positioning it as the ideal entertainment tablet — one that can last pretty much all day and also share content easily with your friends. We didn’t get to test out the projector capability, but being a pico unit it wouldn’t hold a candle to a dedicated projector. Still, it’s better than nothing when you want to watch cat videos in a group.
And what of Lenovo’s other tablets? There are also new 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga Tab 3 models, but they’ve been downgraded from last year’s devices. Whereas the Yoga Tab 2 lineup all had 1080p screens, Lenovo bumped the newer models back down to 1,200 x 800 displays (a bit higher than 720p). They’re also running quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm chips, instead of Intel Atom processors. That means you’re stuck with Android; there’s no longer an option to run Windows.
If I had to guess, I’d say the spec changes were likely about cost savings. Indeed, the 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 will sell for $169 when it lands in October, while the 10-inch model will go for $199 in November. That’s around $70 to $100 less than the launch pricing for the last models.