Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher present the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro - QHD, Pico projector, kickstand, and Intel goodness for $500
Today, Lenovo announced the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro - a device it made together with product engineer Ashton Kutcher. We're not even joking - in addition to being a professional prankster, a heir to Charlie Sheen, and distinguished Steve Jobs impersonator, Mila Kunis's fiance is a former biochemical engineering student at the University of Iowa and a successful technology investor. We'd say, the man is qualified enough to engineer a decent Lenovo product , and by the looks of it, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is no slouch.
One of its many highlights, (quite literally) is a built-in Pico projector - a 4-50 Lumen unit that beams videos and presentation with a WVGA (854 x 480) resolution on the nearest flat surface. If that doesn't tickle your pixel fancy, you can always "settle" for the 13.3-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS display. And what kind of sound system is to go with that monstrosity? Nothing less than a set of two front large-chamber speakers capable of 1.5W output each, along with a 5W JBL subwoofe. Home cinema on a tablet? Sounds like an actual possibility!
The beefy device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 Processor that runs at a maximum clock speed of 1.86 GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM. There are 32GB of expandable storage space on board. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is endowed with an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear cam and a 1.6MP HD front cam. Its battery can last up to 15 hours on a single charge, but beaming stuff with the projector will drain the cell in three hours.
Home cinema on a tablet? Sounds like an actual possibility!
The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro's design stands out with extreme slimness - only 0.14 inches (3.7mm), and little weight - 34 oz (970 g). There's a large kickstand that provides greater stability and has a release button for easier opening. In addition to the three usage modes - Hold, Tilt, and Stand, we know from previous YOGA devices, this one has a new mode - Hang. Lenovo's custom software senses which mode you are using the tablet in, and automatically optimizes the display levels, touch-screen keyboard, and Dolby Audio mode for best usage. And for those of you that simply cannot get enough of Ashton Kutcher (hi, Mila!), Lenovo included a multimedia product walk that includes "a 4D image of Ashton Kutcher to guide users through all of the device's cool features."
The price, you asked? Lenovo says the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro will be available at the end of October from its online store, starting at $500. These "tablet" things are getting better and better, aren't they?