The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, announced today, is priced similarly to the MacBook Pro, but the price tag isn’t the first thing you’ll notice about the device. Instead, you’ll likely pay more attention to the 720p (HD) front camera, 8GB of internal memory storage, the 13.3-inch IPS display with a Quad HD screen resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a 512GB solid state disk (SSD).
Apart from these features, you can expect 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the fastest Wi-Fi tech on mobile devices currently, as well as Bluetooth 4.01, an incremental upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0 that should keep your Bluetooth connections running as smooth as ever with one of the most recent upgrades to the technology.
Windows 8.1 is the OS upgrade you’ll find on the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro although many will clamor for the “run-on-everything” experience to be found in Windows 10, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The device won’t only run the most recent upgrade to Windows and is said to be 15 percent lighter and 17 percent thinner than the former Yoga Pro ultrabook.
As for the price tag? Expect to pay $1,349 for the Yoga 3 Pro, which places the device in a more expensive position than that of the Yoga 2 Pro (starting at $849, according to Lenovo’s website), while making it slightly more expensive than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1299 starting price).
While the price tag may prove to be a turnoff to some, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro places itself in the same circle as Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro provides 8GB of onboard memory (as does Apple’s MacBook Pro), a screen resolution that bests the MacBook Pro (3,200 x 1,800p vs. 2,560 x 1,600p, respectively), better storage than the entry-level MacBook Pro (512GB vs. 128GB), same front facing camera as the MacBook Pro (both at 720p), while providing the same number of USB 3.0 ports (2) as the MacBook Pro and an additional USB 2.0 port that the MacBook Pro doesn’t. Lenovo promises that you’ll get 9 hours of battery life out of the Yoga 3 Pro, which matches that of the Retina MacBook Pro.
Apple’s always made inroads with its commitment to “thinner and lighter” devices, but Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro defeats the MacBook Pro when it comes to thinness and lightness. While the MacBook Pro weighs 3.46 pounds, Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro weighs a surprising 2.6 pounds and is nearly a pound lighter and half an inch thinner (11.8 inches vs. 12.35 inches, respectively) than the Apple MacBook Pro.
In the end, your choice of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro tablet hinges upon whether or not you choose to live with Windows 8.1. At $1,349, however, this may be the most comparable tablet/convertible ultrabook to the MacBook Pro we’ve ever seen.