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Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher teamed up to unveil the OEM's first multimode Yoga Tablet during a livestream launch event this evening. Why Ashton Kutcher? Perhaps because he's played a variety of roles from portraying Steve Jobs to replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. If, then, you consider Kutcher a flexible actor, then it would make sense he be on hand to unveil the Yoga Tablet, which is also flexible.
Otherwise, we have no idea. In any event, the Yoga Tablet features three different modes -- one for holding it like an e-book reader, a tilt orientation, and a stand mode for viewing movies. As Lenovo explains it, the Yoga Tablet adapts to the way you want to use it rather than the other way around.
"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."
It has a cylindrical handle you can grip when it's in hold mode, which makes it easier to wield one-handed than a traditional tablet, Lenovo says. To go into stand mode, you simply rotate the side cylinder 90 degrees. Users can change the viewing angle from 110 degrees to 135 degrees.
Laying it down in tilt mode allows you to type directly on the tablet, play games, or surf the web with what Lenovo feels is a superior viewing angle.
The Yoga Tablet will come in 10-inch and 8-inch SKUs, each with a 1280x800 resolution. Both also boast a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, microSD card slot, dual front-facing speakers, microphone with noise reduction, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack, micro SIM slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and either a 6,000 mAh (8-inch) or 9,000 mAh (10-inch) battery.
Lenovo says the 8-inch version will be available starting October 30 for $249 exclusively at Best Buy; the 10-inch model will go for $299 at major retailers and directly from Lenovo online.