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article imageLenovo launches new budget tablets and premium Yoga laptops

By James Walker     Feb 22, 2016 in Technology
Lenovo has used the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair in Barcelona to show off a selection of new tablets and computers with low prices but respectable specifications. It has launched a new product family with consumer and business options.
The Lenovo TAB3 7 is designed with families in mind. The Android-powered tablet has a 7-inch display supported by a 1GHz quad-core processor and optional 4G LTE mobile Internet. The larger TAB3 8 is an 8-inch version of the TAB3, adding a larger display but no additional hardware.
Both models include a set of unique features designed to appeal to families. A dedicated pre-loaded kid's mode automatically enforces safe web browsing rules and allows parents to customise when the tablet can be used and for how long.
Lenovo's Adaptive Display technology filters out harmful blue light from the TAB3's display to protect young eyes. It will also help combat sleeplessness caused by exposure to short-wavelength light before bed, a feature that parents may consider using too.
Both the TAB3 7 and TAB3 8 are water repellent and designed to resist demanding use by children. When the tablet isn't being used by the kids, a built-in multi-user mode will let others enjoy multimedia without being limited by kids mode.
Above the TAB3 7 and TAB3 8 is the TAB3 10, a business-grade tablet designed for use in places ranging from conference halls and board rooms to a shop floor or factory. It runs Android for Work, a special version of Android optimised for employee usage, and is pre-loaded with Google Play for Work to restrict the apps that users download.
It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and features 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GPS, optional 4G, USB, NFC and an all-day 12-hour battery. As with the other members of the TAB3 family, Lenovo has also included a few extra usage modes, including Kids Mode for when workers get home at night.
Of more use at the workplace will be Kiosk Mode, a built-in feature that lets businesses use their TAB3 10 tablet as an interactive kiosk for customers without having to install or buy costly enterprise software. The tablet also comes with hardware encryption and support for software policies handed down by IT administrators.
The TAB3 range will be launched in the second quarter of the year. Depending on storage and connectivity options, the 7 will cost from $79 to $129, the 8 from $99 to $149 and the 10 from $199 to $299.
IdeaPad MIIX 310
Lenovo also unveiled a budget Windows 10 tablet, the Ideapad MIIX 310 two-in-one. The MIIX 310 has a 10-inch Full HD display and detachable keyboard for use for work and play. The system has Intel's Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 10-hour battery life. It will cost $229 including the keyboard accessory.
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310
Lenovo IdeaPad MIIX 310
Yoga 510 and Yoga 710
Not all of Lenovo's product launch was dedicated to the low-end. The Yoga 510 and 710 are two high-performance convertible laptops designed for serious work and multitasking.
Lenovo Yoga 710
Lenovo Yoga 710
The 510 offers a battery good for 8.5 hours of use and Intel Core processors up to the Core i7. An optional AMD Radeon R7 graphics card adds extra power for use when graphics editing, video rendering or gaming. The 14-inch version weighs only 1.75 kg and the 15-inch 2.08 kg.
The Yoga 710 is a convertible laptop available in 14-inch or 11-inch form. Powered by an Intel Core i7 or Core m5 processor and optional NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics, the Yoga 710 is a premium device for professionals on the move. Despite the high performance, the laptop doesn't sacrifice on portability. It weighs just 2.29 pounds, making it an ideal travelling companion.
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