Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Review

Continuing with, and improving on, its “Yoga” line of tablets and hybrids, Lenovo has brought out its Lenovo Yoga 10HD+. The key improvements over its predecessors are apparent in the name. The “HD” part of Lenovo’s new 10-inch offering indicates an upgrade in screen resolution. The “+” simply means more of the things that people have come to like about Lenovo tablets.

Looking at the Exterior

The HD+ It has a slim, aluminum (magnesium alloy) body, and rounded corners. Most of the weight of the tablet is along the bottom (landscape) where it bulges out into a cylinder that holds the integrated kickstand and battery. That same area allows hands to hold the tablet in portrait mode in comfort. The tablet measures 10.28 by 7.09 by 0.32-inches and weighs 1.4-pounds.

In landscape, starting on the bottom right there is an audio jack on the cylinder. Above that is the traditional volume rocker. The power key on the left side of the cylinder is large and unmistakable. Above that is the micro USB port. On the back of the cylinder bulge is the 8mp camera lens. Pulling out the kickstand shows where microSD and microSIM ports. Speakers are also on either side of the cylinder, facing front. Additionally, a front facing camera and light sensor are also on the face.

One of the biggest upgrades from its predecessor is the inclusion of full HD resolution. The 10.1-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1920 by 1200-pixels with a pixel density of 224 ppi. Good contrast, automatic lighting adjustment, and a vivid display make it easier to compare tablets to it that have more premium aspects.

A Look Inside

There’s a 1.6ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 2gb of RAM powering Android 4.3 (Jellybean). An upgrade to 4.4 (KitKat) will roll out in short order. A tablets comparison with its predecessors will show a similar UI with slight differences and speedier reaction times.

Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ bundles several applications in, all with a similar naming scheme. They are similar to many of Lenovo’s previous offerings. There is a camera and gallery app as well as an app for sharing files between devices over Wi-Fi. There are also some navigation applications and the seemingly limitless Google Play store for anything else.

The HD+ comes with 16 or 32gb of storage. Although that’s expandable with a microSD up to 64gb. The battery that keeps everything running is a rather large 9000mAh rated for 18 hours of continuous use.

What Users Say

Overall, as far as tablet comparisons go, there’s been quite a bit of praise for the Yoga 10HD+ over its previous iterations. Users of its predecessors praise the speed, the display and the many premium features packed into the new unit. Users that have come to the 10HD from pricier systems with higher specs bemoan the fact that the 1.6ghz Snapdragon isn’t the top of the line anymore in a comparison of tablets. However, most users find the processor more than adequate to their needs, citing a speedy response and little lag.