Lenovo Product Engineer Ashton Kutcher 'Not Concerned' About Upcoming iPad Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Lenovo today launched the Yoga Tablet 2, which comes equipped with either Android or Windows 8. Available in three different sizes ranging from 8 to 13 inches, the tablets are priced from $249 to $499. On the smaller end, the 8 and 10 inch tablets (Windows or Android) have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, while the larger 13-inch Pro version (Android only) has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440.

    The tablets come equipped with a 180-degree kickstand and the 13-inch Pro model comes equipped with a built-in pico projector that can project an image up to 50 inches on a wall as its defining feature. The tablets and two new two-in-one Yoga laptops have been created by Lenovo in conjunction with Ashton Kutcher, a "product engineer" at the company. Along with serving as one of Lenovo's product engineers, Kutcher also famously starred as Steve Jobs in "Jobs," the biographical movie directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

    Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro image courtesy of Engadget

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kutcher sat down to talk about the creation of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro and give his thoughts on Apple's upcoming iPad lineup. According to Kutcher, he traveled to China to brainstorm a product consumers want. with the aim of making a "great entertainment device."

    For that reason, the Pro tablet comes equipped with a subwoofer and an 8-watt speaker, along with a 13-inch screen. "Because people use it in the home, we don't need to create this super portable device," Kutcher said. And with the projector, users don't need to look for an HDMI cord or use AirPlay, because there's a "built-in 50-inch screen."

    When asked about the upcoming iPad, Kutcher said he wasn't worried about the competition as it would be unlikely to approach the features found in the Lenovo tablet.

    While Apple is said to be working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad, its upcoming October 16 launch event will focus on new versions of its already existing tablets, the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini. Rumors have suggested the new iPad Air will receive an updated A8 processor, an improved camera, a gold color option, a new anti-reflective screen, and possibly 2GB of RAM.

    Apple's 12.9-inch iPad, meanwhile, is currently on hold with production delayed until Apple can meet demand for the iPhone 6 Plus. Lenovo's smaller Android Yoga tablets are available now, while the larger projector-equipped version will launch later in October.

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  2. j.applewood macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
  3. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    I bet you anything he uses an iPad at home. I've noticed a trend where all these celebrities are endorsing other smartphones/tablets but tend to have iPhones/iPads. I think money for endorsing these products may be a factor...;)
  4. thaifood macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    My thoughts too...
  5. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    They shouldn't be, their not in the same league ;)
  6. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2008
    Denver, Co
  7. jdblas69 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2012
    Ashton, Ashton snap out of the Steve Jobs character!
  8. koban4max macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    Aston...you failed your life thanks to your crappy movie..and now you want to fail again as being a product engineer....funny....

    You are not Steve Job!!!
  9. Alphabetize macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2013
  10. aajeevlin macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2010
    After reading the title my first thought was, Wow Lenovo has an engineer named exactly the same as the actor? But then I realized IT IS the actor. I guess anybody can be an engineer these days.

    Forget about 4 years of BS + 2 years of MS plus years and years of work experience. Just become a famous enough actor, and they will give you any title for free.

    I'm not hating on him in particular, but lately it just seems like if you are famous enough and a tech company is willing to work with you, you will immediately be giving an engineering or a consultant title. Despite the fact you probably have no experience in that area.
  11. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    At first I thought it was a random engineer with the same name until I saw the photo.
    Edit: Look, Woz in the the background.
  12. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    My experiences with Lenovo products have been all but tragic. Terrible cheap pieces of Chinese rubbish, with a failure rate higher than my sex life. I'm not sure a paid-off actor can persuade me to jump ship.
  13. vanzantapple macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    I haven't seen jOBS(the movie) and I don't hate Kutcher and I am no raving lunatic Apple freak but every time I see Kutcher in a Lenovo related ad/story/whatever.... I don't know... feels weird.

  14. dealmaker macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2010
    Sounds like the time they let Homer design his perfect automobile !!
  15. Oh-es-Ten macrumors regular


    Aug 14, 2007
  16. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    lol how random and ew this looks like crap with the stand built in like that at the bottom

    abd what the hell is that name? sry but i cant see people asking for the latest "Yoga Tablet 2 Pro" device at the store
  17. fullauto macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    I am the next Steve Jobs.
    I am the next Steve Jobs.
    I am the next Steve Jobs.

    Oh dear.
  18. MonstaMash macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2011
  19. iamkarlp macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    Portability is HUGE

    I have no idea why they are saying portability isn't a major concern. Both of my parents switched off their iPad 3's because of how much lighter the air felt, and they only use it on the couch.

    While I have no doubt the 12inch screen and better audio is nice, I think they may be underestimating the power of something being lightweight/portable.

    Karl P
  20. Mykbibby macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
    So Lenovo's logic is that since they don't have Steve Jobs, if they hire someone who looks like Steve Jobs, they'll get Jobs-like results.

    And god, the icons are literally exact copies of iOS7's.
  21. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Let me fix that for you:

    ... The tablets and two new two-in-one Yoga laptops have been created by Lenovo in conjunction with Ashton Kutcher, playing the "product engineer" role in the company's latest advertising campaign.
  22. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  23. iceperson macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2014
    While I have no interest in replacing any of my iPads with one I can't help but think this thing is pretty neat. I'm glad to see companies doing interesting things like this. Maybe it will fail miserably, but if manufacturers just rolled over and handed the market to Apple everyone loses.
  24. juanjobellassai macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2014
    wait... did he grab one of those iMac keyboards and slapped a screen on it? sneaky sneaky Kutcher...
  25. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    It has been a long time without a new real laptop being announced by Lenovo.

    Spending too much time on wimpy hype products as the other vendors now it seems.

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