Monday, February 6, 2017

Lenovo released the ultra slim notebook Android with outdated processor

Lenovo introduced Yoga A12

Lenovo has introduced a notebook-transformer Yoga A12, which the media have already nicknamed “budget version of the Yoga Book”. Unlike most transformers, the device is designed to work with Android, not with Windows. The price of the laptop which will be available on the company’s website on 8 February, will make $ 299. Price Yoga Book, presented in August 2016, starts from $ 499.


Yoga A12 is a touch screen with a diagonal of 12.2 inches and a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (HD). Laptop cover folds 360°, that is, it folds in the opposite direction, allowing you to work with it as a tablet. Yoga A12 created on the basis of 4-nuclear processor Intel Atom x5 processor with a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. The amount of RAM is 2GB, constant – 32 GB.

Yoga A12 Stereo speakers support multichannel sound format Dolby Atmos. The battery capacity of 10,500 mAh, the manufacturer promises 13 hours of battery life. The laptop is presented in steel-gray and Golden-pink color. The device size is 279.4 mm x 205,74 mm x 10.9 mm and weighs 998 grams. On a laptop running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

keyboard Features

Yoga A12 got the touch keyboard Halo. Thanks to this, the thickness of the device is only 5.4 mm at its thinnest point. Yoga Book, presented in 2016, also equipped with a keyboard Halo is the first Lenovo laptop with a touch keyboard. But the keyboard Yoga A12 cannot be used as a panel for creating graphical objects, in contrast to the keyboard of Yoga Book. Respectively, complete with Yoga Book is a pen drawing, which is deprived of Yoga A12.

Yoga A12 is presented in steel-gray and Golden-pink color

However, like Yoga Book, Yoga A12 budget supports technology which allows the computer to learn the typing style of a particular user and give hints depending on its features.

Problem processor

When you create a Yoga A12 was used components that the resource PC World calls “obsolete”. We are talking primarily about the processor Intel Atom X5, codenamed Cherry Trail, which is now winding down. In may 2016, Intel has decided to replace the Atom X5 more new chips in the Celeron and Pentium, code-named Apollo Lake, which are used for the production of tablets-transformers, running Windows.

As explained by Lenovo at the time of withdrawal Atom X5 with production process development Yoga A12 was already in full swing, so the processor did not change. In addition, Intel has promised to do everything necessary to support Yoga A12 and other products based on the Atom X5.

Cherry Trail is rarely used in the production of Android tablets, most notably – Lenovo Yoga Book and the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-A2. Lenovo released Yoga A12 at the time when the use of Atom processors refuse Dell and Microsoft.

Yoga A12 Cover folds 360°, allowing you to use it as a tablet

Issue updates

in addition, for devices based on Atom processors, the acute problem of Android updates. Most of these devices use the 5 or 6 firmware. Lenovo promises to update Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow installed on the Yoga to the A12, to the 7th version in the next couple of months.

However, for the development of updates to the processor meets Intel, which in recent years, few works with Android, focusing on Windows devices and Krombach. The case could result in the fact that Lenovo will have to develop a custom version of Android 7.0 for Yoga A12, writes PC World.


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