Difference between Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 and Asus Padfone Infinity

Key difference: The unique aspect of Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is that it is a convertible laptop with multi-mode 360 deg Flip design. This allows the device to take up four design modes. This includes Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 features an 11.6 inch high-definition display and weighs 1.27kg (2.8 lbs). It is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 2GB DDR3L RAM. The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone is a slick 5-inch full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel and provides approximately 441 ppi density. The device is a bar phone, with curved corners giving it a similar look to the ‘iPhone’ and ‘HTC One’. The Asus Padfone Infinity Dock is basically the 10-inch tablet shell that allows users to dock their phone into the tablet by sliding it into a slick slot on the back.

Lenovo Group Limited is a Chinese multinational with its operational headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina. The company provides computer hardware and electronics, including personal computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. Among other things, the company is especially known for its computers, especially the ThinkPad and IdeaPad line of notebook computers.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is yet another offering by Lenovo under its IdeaPad series. However, the unique aspect of the device is that it is a convertible laptop with multi-mode 360 deg Flip design. This allows the device to take up four design modes. This includes Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, Tent Mode and finally, Stand Mode. This is managed by using two double sided hinges. This feature gives the device versatility and allowing the user to use the device as either a laptop or a tablet. Hence, the device is effectively two-in-one, a tablet and a laptop.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 features an 11.6 inch high-definition display and weighs 1.27kg (2.8 lbs). It is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and a 2GB DDR3L RAM. The processing specs are quite decent giving a smooth and easy usage. The operating system on the device is the Windows RT, which is essentially a slightly downgraded version of Windows 8.

The four different configurations on the IdeaPad Yoga does make the device seem new, fresh and unique, however in order to get to the tablet mode, the screen folds back, which leaves the keyboard exposed on the back of the tablet. This makes holding the tablet, a little awkward; however, the keyboard does get automatically disabled. In addition, the device is quite thin and light, which makes the device quite operable. Hence the exposed keyboard is not necessarily a deal breaker.

Asus has announced its latest phone and tablet in the Padfone series, knighted the Asus Padfone Infinity. The original Asus Padfone did not reach the Western Shores but the company states that the Padfone Infinity is set for world-wide launch in the second quarter of 2013. Similar to the original Padfone, the Padfone Infinity is available just as smartphone or along with a tablet dock that allows seamless transition between phone and tablet needs. The Padfone Infinity is a pretty intriguing concept that allows the phone to dock on the tablet, which powers the tablet and transfers all the data on the tablet for use. However, without the phone the tablet is just a shell without any ‘brain’ of its own. The phone/tablet is set to provide serious competition to rivals Sony Xperia Z Tab, iPad 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Let’s cover its features separately.

The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone is a slick 5-inch full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel and provides approximately 441 ppi density, making the screen visibly sharp, crisp and clear. The device is a bar phone, with curved corners giving it a similar look to the ‘iPhone’ and ‘HTC One’. The phone has a sleek metallic chassis, with a silver brushed look on the back. The phone is powered by the latest 1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, providing fast responsiveness from the device. It offers the latest Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone has a 2GB RAM and is available with 32/64 GB of internal storage capacity. The phone houses a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera, with HD recording capability. The massive battery power allows the phone to provide up to 19 hours of 3G talk time. The company also introduced a bunch of new features such as Asus Echo, SuperNote, ASUS Story, Instant Dictionary and two years’ free Cloud Storage with 50GB ASUS WebStorage. The Asus Echo is the newest personal assistant, similar to Siri that allows the user to activate a number of features (search contacts, make calls, pick up incoming calls, activate the camera shutter for self-portraits, set alarms, change settings, etc) on the phone using voice commands. The new SuperNote supports real-time handwriting to text conversion and is sensitive enough to accurately translate from handwriting to text. Asus Story allows users to create albums and story lines, while Instant Dictionary allows users to translate words, phrases and sentences in emails, web pages or apps.

The Asus Padfone Infinity Dock is basically the tablet shell that allows users to dock their phone into the tablet by sliding it into a slick slot on the back. The slot comes with rubber gromits that ensures that the phone locks into place and does not slide out and fall. When the phone is docked on the tablet, the tablet and the phone synchronize automatically and the apps that were on the screen of the phone automatically re-sizes itself and pops up on the tablet screen. The tablet sports a 10.1 Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel, similar to the phone, providing a clear and detailed picture on the tablet. The screen on both, the phone and the tablet, have a Corning Gorilla Glass covering. The tablet does not have a processor or anything such hardware on it. It does offer a few advantages to the phone. The tablet houses a 1MP front camera for video calls. The tablet is also capable to output 1080 Full HD video via Micro-USB compatible MyDP interface. The device also has a dialer and is able to accept and make phone calls and send text messages. The phone and the tablet have speakers have the ASUS Audio Wizard audio enhancement providing rich audio experience. The battery as a massive 5000 mAh Li-Polymer, that enhances the battery power of the phone allowing up to 40 hours of 3G talk time. The tablet also has the power to charge the phone three times with a full battery. The tablet starts charging the battery of the phone, when the phone is docked into the tablet.

The high-end phone/tablet hybrid comes with a high-end price of EUR 999 and should be around US$ 1300 when it finally reaches the States. The main purpose of such a hybrid is so that people can use one data plan and it eliminates the need for manually synchronizing the tablet to phone and vice-versa. The phone has also been criticized for the lack of the keyboard, which was one of the features available in the original Padfone. Will the phone be a massive success or failure will be seen when the phone finally becomes available world-wide.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from the Lenovo website, the Asus website, and GSMArena.com.

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Asus Padfone Infinity

Launch Date

Q4 2012

Expected Release Q2/2013

Company

Lenovo

Asus

Size

298x204x15.6 mm /11.73x8.03x0.61 inch

Phone:143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm

Pad: 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm

Display

11.6” high-definition display, 16:9

Phone: 5-inches, Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel

Pad: 10.1-inches, Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel

Screen

1366 x 768 pixels (~135 ppi pixel density)

Phone: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Pad: 1920x1080 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass on both the phone and the pad.

Weight

1.27kg / 2.8 lbs (with battery)

Phone: 141 grams

Pad: 530 grams

2G Network

-

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

-

HSDPA 900 / 2100

4G Network

-

LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100

GUI

Windows RT UI

Asus' UI

CPU speed

1.4 GHz - 1.5 GHz

1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

GPU

NVIDIA ULP GeForce

Adreno 320

OS

Windows RT

Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset / Processor

NVIDIA Tegra 3

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

RAM

2GB DDR3L

2 GB

SIM Size

-

nanoSIM

Internal Memory

32GB / 64GB

32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

-

N/A

Sensors

-

G-Sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Light Sensor

Connectivity

2 x USB 2.0, 2-in-1 card reader, HDMI out, 1/8” Stereo Headphone Output & Microphone input combo jack

GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, Wi-Fi hotspot.

Data

-

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB, USB Host.

Speed

-

DC-HSPA+, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

802.11 b/g/n wireless

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

2 USB 2.0 ports

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

1.0M (720p HD) webcam

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus camera

Secondary Camera

-

Phone: 2 MP [email protected] camera

Pad: 1MP front camera

Video

-

[email protected]

Camera Features

-

LED flash

Geo-tagging

Touch focus

Face detection

Sound Enhancement

Composite Film Speaker (0.5W x 2)

ASUS Audio Wizard

ASUS Sonicmaster

Audio supported formats

Dependent on media player

MP3/3GP/AAC/AAC+

Video supported formats

Dependent on media player

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

4-cell Lithium-Ion battery

Phone: 2400 mAh Li-Polymer

Pad: 5000 mAh Li-Polymer

Stand-by / Battery Life

13 hrs battery life

Phone: 3G: 19 hours

Pad: 3G: 40 hours

Talk time

-

Phone: 3G: 410 hours

Pad: 3G: 920 hours

Available Colors

Silver Gray, Clementine Orange

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold, Hot Pink

Messaging

No

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML - Default Internet Explorer

HTML5

Radio

No

FM radio

GPS

No

A-GPS & GLONASS

Java

No

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • 5-point multi-touch screen that folds back 360 deg – 4 modes
  • AccuType keyboard
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview
  • Amazon Kindle Metro (ROW)
  • Rara Metro (ROW)
  • AccuWeather Metro (ROW)
  • LENOVO Rotatable Mouse N70
  • LENOVO Slot-in Case
  • LENOVO HDMI to VGA Adapter CH580
  • LENOVO USB Ultra Slim DVD Burner DB80
  • LENOVO 45W AC-Adapter
  • LENOVO Slim 65W AC-Adapter
  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • ASUS WebStorage (50 GB storage)
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • ASUS Echo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Instant Dictionary
  • SuperNote
  • ASUS Story

Image Courtesy: lenovo.com, asus.com

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