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Introducing The Yoga A12, A 12.2-inch Tablet That’s Really A Budget Convertible Laptop

Lenovo has introduced the Yoga A12 convertible tablet, a variation on its $499 Yoga Book along with a larger display, a rose gold color option, and stripped-down specs, alongside the more typical gunmetal gray. This device will be available on February 8 through Lenovo’s website, starting at just $299.

The Yoga A12 has a 12.2-inch touchscreen, a back-lit input touch panel replaces the hard keyboard. Lenovo said that the virtual keyboard provides a user experience similar to on-screen ones on smartphones and tablets.

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Lenovo Yoga A12

Lenovo Yoga A12 Convertible Tablet Features

The A12 has a 12.2-inch screen, with an Intel Atom x5 chip, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage. Sadly, there is no pen input here, and no option for the Windows 10 or Chrome OS. However, the key draw is the halo keyboard pioneered on the Yoga Book, and the now-expected 360° hinge. The 12.2-inch screen should help with the feeling of cramped space on the original Book, and at 5.4mm thick at tablet’s slimmest edge, and weighing under a kilogram, it is certainly portable. It runs a modification of Android which has a hybrid multi-tasking UI, comprised of three panes for the apps, although Lenovo have declined to state exactly which version of Android the A12 runs.

Lenovo’s A12 uses a modified “multi-tasking hybrid UI” that makes Android a little more productive on a larger, tablet-size screen. It is unclear when or if this device will be upgraded to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Lenovo Yoga A12 Convertible Tablet Price

Lenovo will open up sales of the Yoga A12 starting later this week on February 8th for $299. Lenovo claims 13 hours of battery life from the tablet, and it’ll be available in Gunmetal Grey and Rose Gold color variants. That’s just inexpensive enough that it could be a compelling alternative to a conventional entry-level laptop — it doesn’t have the performance or software of Windows portables, but it will be easier to carry and more flexible.

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