Lenovo just did something very innovative and sensible – remove the keyboard and make a pad to mimic the functionalities of one!
Lenovo’s new laptop Yoga Book features a 360-degree hinge to allow flipping and rotating to any convenient. It’s basically two screens joined by a hinge. It’s even designed to look like a book. When you need it, the keyboard activates with the click of a button.
It lights up on the Create Pad, as Lenovo likes to call it and also includes haptic feedback on touch, providing a keyboard-like typing experience. For when the creative urge occurs, there’s a special stylus built right into the laptop and lets the user draw on the Create Pad or the touch screen.
The way Lenovo has built this laptop, one can easily spread it flat across a table and doodle across its interfaces or even keep it clam-shelled in order to use it as a traditional laptop. It can be bent over completely for being used as a tablet as well and should be the perfect system for any budding designer or graphic artist on the go.
The keyboard might be an issue for those who prefer their physical keys and might have to get used to the touch and feel of the Create Pad. But just as people have gotten used to typing on touchscreen phones over the years, it is imminent that they can also get used to typing on this.
The internals feature an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The display comes in at 1920×1200 and is 10.1-inch screen and the footprint seems to be the size of an A4 paper. It’s got two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front. It’s also got a nano sim slot for telephony with full LTE support.
It comes in two flavours – Windows and Android, with the Android being a little cheaper and also featuring a custom interface, courtesy of Lenovo called Book UI along with a special app called Note Saver which is a the equivalent for OneNote on Windows. The colour options for Android are Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold, while the Windows edition only comes in the standard Carbon Black trim.
This is a packed laptop-tablet hybrid that doesn’t really need an explanation and sets out to be truly unique in its USP among other competitive models today. It’s got modest specs but has capable hardware for the right price. It comes reminiscent of the Microsoft Courier which also had two screens but wasn’t as flexible or dynamic as the Yoga Book is.
The Android version of the tablet could potentially be a deal-maker and only time will tell if this new-age book will receive positive reviews once it gets released in October.