Now that Lenovo has taken care of its high-end Yoga range of devices, the chinese manufacturer has turned to its more popular mid-range models that South Africans just can’t seem to get enough of. The outfit just unveiled its 2015 Yoga lineup – at a trendy pop-up lunch in downtown Johannesburg – which brings new size options, fresh processors and, in some cases, lighter designs.
Starting with the ones intended for everyday consumers, the Yoga 3 11 replaces – you guessed it – the Yoga 2 11, while the Yoga 3 14 is actually a substitute for last year’s 13-inch model. Though the two have a similar design, complete with a bright orange color option, the performance is going to differ from one to the other. Whereas the 14-inch version runs on Intel’s fifth-generation Core processors and can be configured with discrete graphics, the 11-incher makes use of a lower-powered Intel Core M chip, allowing for a thinner and lighter build — just 1.20 kgs and 0.6 inch thick (down from 1.60 kgs/0.67 inch)
Meanwhile, though the 14-inch version technically rocks a larger screen than its predecessor, it has roughly the same footprint and nearly the same weight: 1.60 kgs. Either way, both new machines come standard with a 1080p touchscreen and 802.11ac WiFi, and can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM and either an SSD (128/256GB) or a 500GB hybrid hard drive. Look for them this month, starting at roughly R24999 at Incredible Connection stores.
Then there’s the Yoga Tablet. As of Tuesday, the lineup includes both Android and Windows tablets, mostly in the 8- and 10-inch range. Now, though, Lenovo is blurring the lines: Its new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 is the same size as its ultraportable laptops, except it has a kickstand that folds out of the back, and the optional keyboard doesn’t attach to the device. Pricing on the models is TBC.