Lenovo debuts affordable Yoga A12 tablet with ‘halo’ keyboard, available Feb 8th for $299
Following the debut of the Yoga Book last year, Lenovo has today announced a new larger, more affordable alternative ─ the Yoga A12.
This new Android laptop-tablet hybrid brings a super-slim design, 12.2-inch display, mid-range specifications, 360-degree hinge, and of course, Lenovo’s signature “halo” keyboard.
Like the Yoga Book before it, the A12 runs on top of a chipset from Intel, the x5 Atom, which is backed up by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Lenovo’s custom Android skin, presumably still based on Android Marshmallow. Obviously, this is a slightly less powerful version of the Yoga Book before it, but it trades the extra power for a significantly lower price point of $299 compared to $499. The larger size should also improve the overall typing experience on the haptic-“halo” keyboard since this tablet has an overall larger footprint.
This tablet is designed with productivity in mind, with Lenovo’s multitasking UI, and the Google Productivity Suite. It’s sleek, 5.4mm at the thinnest point design allows it to be carried around wherever you go so you can work on the go. It has around 13 hours of battery life, so working all day long on a single charge should be possible.
We’ll have more on the Yoga A12 for you in the coming weeks, but the tablet will go up for sale later this week on February 8th for $299 in either Gunmetal Grey or Rose Gold.
Introducing the Yoga A12 – An Android Tablet Made for Productivity
Today, we’re announcing the Yoga A12, an affordable Android tablet made for all-day productivity, priced at $299. The Yoga A12 fits into a new category of personal computer — one especially for Android lovers.
In our constant search to create different and better products, we listened to hundreds of users from New York to Delhi tell us about their computing needs and operating systems of choice. We found a segment of users who grew up with Android as their first-ever computing experience—either on their family tablet or a personal smartphone. This held especially true in emerging markets. For these users, Android and productivity weren’t mutually exclusive—the smartphone or tablet experience can be seamlessly extended to the personal computer. That’s why we created the Yoga A12. It pairs the mobility of tablets and smartphones with productivity features to enable a versatile experience.
Opening to just 5.4mm at its slimmest edge and weighing less than one kilogram, the Yoga A12 is thin and light enough to take nearly anywhere and use on a busy subway train, a crowded cafe or in a classroom. Do work or decompress with a round of Clash of Clans or an episode of Netflix thanks to the Yoga A12’s 12.2-inch HD screen and two speakers, booming out the immersive cinema-like sound of Dolby Atmos®.
Powered by the Intel® AtomTM x5 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the Yoga A12 is your digital companion for work and play thanks to a two-million-plus app ecosystem that comes with Android. The Android device is also easy to work on given the Yoga A12’s multi-tasking hybrid UI, the Google Productivity Suite and the revolutionary Halo keyboard to type out that report or presentation.
Weaving software and hardware into one fluid interface, the Halo keyboard is a fully flat, touch-screen keyboard that’s smart—it learns and adapts to your typing habits so the more you type on it, the faster and more accurate it becomes. The keyboard vibrates on touch with haptic feedback and learns from you as you type, with built-in prediction and artificial learning software. Lenovo first introduced the Halo keyboard feature to the premium Yoga Book series, a separate family of tablets that incorporates the paper digitization functions of the Create Pad and Real Pen for sketching and note-taking.
In a nod to the Yoga Book’s design, the Yoga A12’s Halo keyboard helps it achieve its thin profile. We completely re-envisioned the layout of the chassis, fusing parts in several component layers into one unified whole. Finally, we added a layer of carefully chosen glass for the touch-screen, varnished with anti-glare coating for the right matte finish.
This incredible thinness means you can use the Yoga A12 to work or study almost anywhere. Its four modes via the 360-degree Yoga hinge adapts to the tempo of your day, while you create, browse or watch on a number of different surfaces, work environments and settings. The Yoga A12 keeps you up and running with 13 hours of battery life on one charge.
Constructed of premium magnesium and aluminum, the Yoga A12 comes in either Gunmetal Grey or Rose Gold. The Yoga A12 will be available starting Feb. 8, 2017 on www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at $299 (USD).