Lenovo has launched yet another 2-in-1 hybrid laptop, but the Yoga Book has some interesting new feature as it does not come with an actual keyboard, but instead a large “Create Pad” (Wacom digitizer) that allows you to draw sketches, take notes, and yes, it can also be converted into a virtual keyboard too when needed. Lenovo has a $499 version with Android 6.0, and another one with Windows 10 for $549, but I initially found it on GearBest, selling the device for $642.91 shipped with DOS operating system instead to give the user the option to install his/her own choice of operating system.
Lenovo Yoga Book specifications:
- SoC – Up to Intel Atom x5-Z8550 quad core Cherry Trail processor
- System Memory – Up to 4 GB LPDDR3
- Storage – Up to 64 GB internal storage, and micro SD slot supporting up to 128 GB
- Display – 10.1″ IPS LED Touch (1920 x 1200) with capacitive touch with AnyPen Technology
- Create Pad – Capacitive touch and EMR Pen Technology
- Audio – Dolby Atmos
- Connectivity – 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera – 8 MP auto-focus rear camera, 2 MP fixed-focus front-facing camera
- Sensors – Vibrator, G-sensor, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, GPS, A-GPS
- Battery – 8,500 mAh Li-ion Polymer battery with over 70 days in standby mode, and 15 hours for general usage
- Dimensions – 25.65 cm x 17.07 cm x 0.96 cm
- Weight – 690 grams and up
According to Lenovo website, the laptop ships with one Real Pen, a Book Pad with 15 pages, and 3 Real Pen Ink Refills. I’d assume the power adapter and a user manual is also included. The model on GearBest only ships with the power adapter, a user manual and one touch screen pen.
The laptop/table was released at the end of last year, and several reviews have been published already, for example on TabletPCreview.com with Android and TechRadar with Windows 10, and reviewers were quite impressed with the Create Pad. The pen can be switched between a rubber tip and one with an ink cartridge better suited respectively for drawing and notetaking. The virtual “Halo” keyboard mode had more mixed reviews with some claiming it’s not really suitable for long typing sessions, while others saying that after a short learning curve, the keyboard worked well for them. However, reviewers wished Lenovo had used a faster processor in the device.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.