Lenovo has always been known for its strive for innovations. It was the first one in the convertible device market to present the original Yoga-branded laptop. It features 360-degree hinges, which allows using the device in various modes like tent, stand, tablet, clamshell, etc.
Lenovo has been developing its Yoga brand constantly announcing new devices – from affordable mainstream laptops to super-thin and light, premium ultrabooks.
Today, Lenovo is keen to present new Yoga Book, an innovative device that’s only 9.6mm thick and weighs less than 2lbs while combines features of a laptop and tablet/stylus.
“I had this idea of a book; we ended up calling it the Yoga Book, but for the longest time we just called it ‘The Book.’ We really wanted to hit a form factor that folded, and when you were carrying it, it looked like a book. And not a big beefy novel, but a thin magazine-almost type of form factor,” Jeff Meredith, vice president of Lenovo’s Android Chrome Computing Business Group, says. “We were very adamant about staying true to this concept of almost ridiculously thin and light, and that’s the characteristic that we wanted to deliver.”
According to Forbes, the upcoming Yoga Book has a 10.1” FullHD IPS main display, a magnesium / aluminum allow body, and is only 170.8mm (6.72”) wide. The diminutive system features Lenovo’s watch-band hinge, and is built around an Intel Atom X5-Z8550 quad-core processor, running at 2.4GHz. Paired to the processor is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of solid state storage, but that can be expanded via a standard micoSD card slot. There are also 8MP (rear) and 2MP (front) cameras on-board, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional LTE cellular connectivity.
Why do we call Yoga Book innovative? The thing is that its traditional keyboard with actual buttons isn’t attached to the other side of that watch-band hinge. Instead, Lenovo provides a second display which doubles as tablet. RealPen Stylus, with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 100-degree angle detection when used digitally, can be used on either screen and even has actual ink.
“We did a lot of usage testing and we found that a person 25 and younger can adapt fully to the keyboard and be typing at speeds consistent with what they type on a traditional keyboard within 40 minutes to 60 minutes,” Meredith says. “But somebody who’s 35 and up, they take a couple of hours before they’re getting a consistent kind of error rate and speed.”
The Lenovo Yoga Book will be available both with Android 6 or Windows 10 with slight advantage for Android users. This concerns terms of battery life. The Android version can last up to 15 hours on a single charge; the Windows 10 version offers up to 13 hours.
U.S. customers will be able to purchase Lenovo Yoga Book in October. The price starts at $499 for the Android version and $549 for the Windows 10 version.