Mark your calendars, folks, it’s official: Lenovo has emailed press invites for an event to be held on December 13, where it will launch its Yoga Book in India. The 2-in-1 was first announced at IFA trade show in Berlin this year.
Lenovo’s Yoga Book appears to be a crazy concept at first. Because it’s neither a laptop nor a tablet. It’s a laptop without a traditional keyboard. Or it can be used as a graphics tablet. Although it has Lenovo’s now-familiar signature “watchband hinge” and 10.1-inch Full HD screen, the Yoga Book looks smaller in size. In fact, it has an uncanny resemblance to a physical book when it’s closed. With the 360-degree hinge, you can transform the 2-in-1 into a tablet or a notebook.
The device is portable at 690 grams and measures in at 6.72 mm, which makes it even lighter than the iPad Pro (713 grams, 6.9mm). On one side, the Yoga Book has a 10.1-inch Full HD display, which offers AnyPen stylus support. It does come with a working stylus that doubles as a real pen with ink. The Yoga Book has a capacitive touch panel which can used as a drawing pad, and a capacitive keyboard.
In keyboard mode, the flat surface can be used for typing. Each keys illuminates when you type on the keyboard. When the keyboard is not in use, you can start sketching on the flat surface. One can even add a magnetic pad of paper, which syncs with the notebook. Start taking notes using the real pen, and see the progress on the screen.
The device’s specifications aren’t great. Under the hood it comes powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor (quad-core, up to 2.4GHz) along with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage and microSD card support up to 128GB. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel shooter on the front.
The typing experience on the Yoga Book could be daunting and frustrating, according to early reviews. While the PC market continues to decline and the state of the tablet market is no different, Lenovo’s Yoga Book shouldn’t be seen as a catalyst to turn the tide.
Lenovo Yoga Book has been made available in Android and Windows versions ever since it got launched in the US. Evidently, in India, Lenovo might only bring the Windows 10 version, and the retail price of the Yoga Book could be as high as Rs 45,000. However, we can’t be so sure until Lenovo launches the Yoga Book in India on December 13.