When Microsoft announced its first 2-in-1 Surface device no one gave serious thought about it. Microsoft tried hard to convince users and its hardware partners that a new category can be created. The task for Microsoft was a tough one, the Surface devices did not really put the market on fire like the iPad did, with which it was compared. Microsoft’s handling of the software(WindowsRT) for Surface devices too did not help its cause. But Microsoft persisted with its idea and finally with Surface Pro 3, it hit the cord with the market. Seeing the success of Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4, PC manufacturers took a note of this new category of devices. Many Surface clones came to the market even Apple used the idea and launched its own Surface clone device iPad Pro last year.
Lenovo has made a good name for its 2-in-1 devices like the last year’s Yoga 900. This year the company announced three new devices, Lenovo Yoga 910, MiiX 510 and Yoga Book. All the three devices are nice but the most intriguing device is Lenovo Yoga Book and I really want to get one for myself. The device has one feature up its sleeve which makes it stand out from other 2-in-1 devices.
IFA 2016 this year started from September 1 and the event is in full flow. Companies from all around the world are present in Berlin. Sony, Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, think of any big name and the company has a presence. At the IFA event companies have showcased their new smartphones, home appliances, PC, tablets, laptops. Samsung showcased its Family Hub smart refrigerator for European customers. LG too announced a new smart refrigerator which runs Windows 10.
Lenovo Yoga Book: A Quick Look
Lenovo Yoga Book is a 2-in-1 laptop and sports a 10.1” FullHD display with 1920 x 1200 p resolution. The device is powered by an Intel Atom 64-bit CPU and 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device has an 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera for those video calls. The Yoga Book also has support for external microSD card up to 128GB. The laptop weighs 1.5 lbs and is made out of magnesium-aluminium, and is less than 10mm thick or thin. There is an 8500 mAh battery which the company claims to give 12 hours of battery life.
Lenovo Yoga Book comes in two variants one with Windows 10 OS, and other with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Going through the specs you must be thinking what’s the big deal about these specifications, nothing special here.
Yes, you are right, specs wise the Yoga Book is your average 2-in-1 device, and the differentiating feature it has is its keyboard. Lenovo has created a new kind of keyboard for its laptop, a touch keyboard which the company calls ‘Halo Keyboard’. For the first time, any laptop will have touch enabled keyboard which is pressure sensitive, in place of a keyboard which has physical keys. The Yoga Book touch keyboard is part of the device unlike the Surface Type Cover, it is connected with the Lenovo’s own custom watch band hinges. Since there are no physical keys, Lenovo has given the option to turn on the haptic feedback for the keyboard.
Real Pen Stylus With Real Ink for note taking
Another notable thing which Lenovo has added for the Yoga Book is the support for Pen Stylus. As with the keyboard here Lenovo has added a new trick to the new device. The Pen which is based on Wacom digitiser has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. To write with the pen just turn off the keyboard and it turns into a digitizer. Whatever you write on the keyboard with the stylus it will show up on the screen of Yoga Book.
Impressive, right but don’t be just yet, there is another thing which makes using Lenovo Yoga Book a totally different experience. With the Yoga Book, you’ll be able to take notes on actual paper and all those will convert to the digital version of the notes. The feature would be nice for users who like to write the old fashioned way and then type them into soft copies for sharing.
First of all, I really wish to get this in my hands as soon as possible. The price of Lenovo Yoga Book Android version is £449 while with Windows 10 it will cost £549. With its ability to turn real ink notes into digital versions, scribbling on the keyboard to draw on the screen the device could hit a cord with artists, designers. Plus the device could also be attractive to users who look more for portability and lapability as compared to using a tablet and attached keyboard. The things which I think though could be an issue for Lenovo Yoga Book are the processor and the RAM. If the device is able to handle software like photo editing and others it could really set the market on fire. And who knows this may create another kind of 2-in-1 devices category.
Nowadays new smartphone launches happening daily but nothing special sort of came out. Just like any normal day to day tasks we do, smartphones launch have become so very common these days. Until and unless something big like an iPhone or a Galaxy Note comes it is, all the same, every day. Same was the case with laptops and PCs till a few year ago, but not now. With devices like Lenovo Yoga Book, Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series the 2-in-1 devices have created their own niche which for the foreseeable future does not seem to slow down.