Last night Lenovo unveiled the Yoga Tablet, an Android-powered multi-mode device that comes in 8 and 10-inch models. The Chinese company announced the news at a live-streamed event featuring Ashton Kutcher, who Lenovo named as its “newest tech engineer.”
The Yoga Tablet’s sleek plastic design is dominated by its giant cylinder-shaped battery, which promises to last up to 18 hours and also serves as a physical handle for the device and will help keep it propped up when laying on a surface. The Android slate also includes a built-in kickstand, which lets you switch between traditional tablet mode, an upright Stand Mode and an angled Tilt mode.
Lenovo’s new tablet is equipped with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, a quad-core MediaTek processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of built-in storage with microSD support. The Yoga Tablet runs a modified version of Android 4.2.2 designed to resemble iOS for the iPad that guides the user through a series of app-filled home screens. The 8-inch model weighs 0.88 pounds and starts at $249, while the 10-inch model comes in at 1.33 pounds and costs $299.
Both versions of the Yoga Tablet are available from Best Buy starting today. Lenovo is also selling a $69 Bluetooth keyboard-cover accessory for the larger model.