Lenovo’s lightweight laptop-tablet hybrid will come with a Google Chrome operating system next year. An executive with the company has confirmed the news to a technology-focused website on Wednesday.
Speaking to Tom’s Guide, Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group, said the 2-in-1 will come in a Chrome OS variant in 2017 besides the existing Windows 10 and Android versions.
Popular as the world’s thinnest hybrid, the Yoga Book packs a 10.1-inch full HD display and runs an Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has a touch-sensitive surface that lights up into a glowing keyboard and also doubles as a Wacom digitizer surface so you can use a stylus pen to draw as well.
Meredith notes the device bridges an important gap for a sizable consumer group. “One of the things that we found is that a lot of people actually like to write in pen on paper,” he said.
According to Tom’s Guide, Lenovo is evaluating how the evolution of Google’s platforms will impact the upcoming versions of the Yoga Book.
“Over time, we probably see the Android and Chrome versions melding together, especially based on the fact that we’ve now seen Chrome roll out the Google Play store capability into Chrome,” Meredith told Tom’s Guide. “We’ll probably maintain the three distinctive products throughout the next year at least.”
The product should hit the market by “mid year”, according to Meredith.