IFA is nearly upon us, and Lenovo just can’t wait for the show itself to start to unveil what’s new. In this case, “new” means both newly redesigned, and entirely new. In this installment we’ll discuss Lenovo’s newly redesigned Yoga Tablet 3 series, the brand new PHAB and PHAB Plus phablet devices, and several new entries into Lenovo’s Y-series of gaming laptops and PC’s. Let’s start recapping this round of Lenovo IFA Announcements with the Yoga Tablet 3 series.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Series
We’ve reviewed several of the Yoga Tablet 2 devices in the past and came away quite impressed. This year Lenovo is upping their game in a big way. First up, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro:
I personally reviewed the Yoga Tab 2 Pro, and was definitely floored by the included Pico projector. In the Yoga Tab 3 Pro, Lenovo has improved upon the projector experience significantly. The projector is now contained in the rotating battery cylinder, allowing for the projector to be used in a more natural position.
This also allows for the projector to be used while the tablet is hung from the wall since it will rotate with the kickstand even to a vertical orientation. The projector on the new Tab 3 Pro will provide up to a 70″ display with 50 nits of brightness. Also on board is a 10″ 2560×1600 IPS display, Dolby Atmos 3d Audio to go along with four front-facing speakers, a massive 10,200 mAh battery, Android 5.1, and more. Also new this year are leather accents to the Tab 3 Pro adding a more premium feel. When it’s released, you can pick up a Lenovo Tab 3 Pro starting at $499.
The Yoga Tab 3 series also includes an 8″ and 10″ non-pro model. Both devices feature 180° rotating 8MP cameras, Dolby Atmos 3d Audio with two front-facing speakers, Lenovo’s Any-Pen technology, and expandable storage. The 8″ tablet is running Android 5.1 while the 10″ is currently on 5.0. The new Yoga Tab 3 8″ tablet will be available starting at $169 while the 10″ starts at $199.
Lenovo PHAB and PHAB Plus
On to something brand new, the PHAB and PHAB Plus phablets. People used to scoff at the idea of carrying around something with such a giant screen as a daily driver, but when even Apple relents and releases a large screen device, you know the phablet is here to stay. With their introductory jump into the phablet market, Lenovo has chosen to go with a 7″ form factor. In a bit of a strange turn, the PHAB has the slightly larger screen at 7″ to the PHAB Plus’ 6.8″, but the Plus has the advantage in resolution, 1920×1080 to 1280×720. The PHAB Plus is also slightly thinner than the PHAB and includes a unibody metal case, leaving the plus model with a slightly smaller battery (3500 vs 4250 mAh), but the PHAB Plus has double the RAM (2GB) and internal storage (64GB) of the base model. Both devices offer expandable storage via SD card, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front facing camera, Dolby Atmos 3d Audio, and are optimized for one-hand use. The PHAB will be available in black, red, white, and blue while the PHAB Plus will be sold in either Gunmetal, or Platinum. The PHAB will start at only $179 and the PHAB Plus starts at $299.
Lenovo Y-Series Gaming PCs and Accessories
The Y-Series has historically been geared more towards gamers. I had the chance to review the Y70 gaming laptop to see what I could throw at it and it was definitely up to the task. The new line of Y700 and Y900 laptops desktop PC’s look to be a huge step up in almost every way. Let’s start with the laptops.
The Lenovo ideapad Y700 laptop will be available in both Intel and AMD varieties. The Intel model comes with NVIDIA discrete graphics and either a 10 point multitouch display or Intel’s Realsense 3D camera. The AMD model uses AMD’s graphics (discrete as well). Both models can handle up to 16GB of RAM and come with a combination of a large hard disk and smaller solid state disk for storage. The Intel model starts at $749, the AMD starts at $949.
The Lenovo ideacentre Y700 desktop is pretty beastly, with up to an i7 processor, NVIDIA graphics, up to 32GB RAM, and up to 2TB of hard drive space. The Lenovo ideacentre Y900 takes those specs and kicks them up several additional notches into complete beast territory. With an option for dual NVIDIA graphics cards, and 64GB of RAM, the Y900 should handle anything you could possibly want to throw at it. The ideacentre Y700 starts at $999 with the extra beefy Y900 starting at $1599.
Last but not least, several gaming accessories were announced, all of which should be available later this month. The Lenovo Y Gaming Mechanical Switch keyboard ($139.99), Lenovo Y Gaming Precision mouse ($69.99), Lenovo Y Gaming Surround Sound headset ($69.99), Lenovo Y Gaming mouse pad (no price given) and the Lenovo Y Gaming active backpack ($99.99).
Tell us what you think. Do any of these announced devices get you excited? Let us know in the comments below or on your favorite social media site.
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