Lenovo has launched its 2-in-1 Yoga Book in India. The Chinese brand, which leads the laptop market, claims that its newly launched product is the thinnest hybrid laptop to reach the Indian shores. The Yoga Book comes in Android and Windows versions. It was showcased back in September at IFA 2016.
The machine is made of the magnesium-aluminum alloy to keep the weight factor in check. Tipping the scales at 690 grams, it is one of the lightest convertible laptop available in India. The Yoga Book features a unique hinge that opens 360º. It enables the users to use the laptop in four modes: Create Mode for drawing and taking notes, Browse Mode as a compact 10.1-inch tablet, Watch Mode for entertainment, and Type Mode as a laptop.
Lenovo’s machine boasts of a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS (In Pane Switching) screen. Compared to the regular LCD displays, IPS panels offers better colour reproduction and wider viewing angles.
Another aspect that makes the Yoga Book stand out is the Halo keyboard. This is one of a kind of accessory that can transform between a sketch pad and a keyboard.
In the keyboard mode, the digital pad reveals a full-fledged keyboard. However, since it is an all-touch keyboard, it may take a while to get used to typing on this device. The keystrokes are registered with the haptic feedback system. It is backed by Lenovo’s AI software, which learns and adapts to your typing style to provide a better experience.
If you think typing is too mainstream, you can jot down on the Halo keyboard. Thanks to the bundled Create Pad and Real Pen (stylus) accessories, you get to write on paper. The Create Pad clips onto the keyboard. Your write-ups are then digitally transposed onto the device without any hassle.
The stylus can sense 2048 levels of pressure. Since the display boasts of a touchscreen, you can use both the surfaces when drawing stuff. For instance, you can use the touchscreen to select tools or pan the canvas, while you paint on the digital pad.
Intel’s Atom processor powers the Yoga Book. It comprises of quad-core X5-Z8550 CPU. The laptop has 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. This device packs in 64 GB of onboard storage and comes with a microSD card slot.
The firepower seems enough to perform simple tasks such as web browsing, word processing, watching online videos. Just don’t expect it to run graphic intensive games.
The laptop has a dual stereo speaker setup. Like most Lenovo devices these days, the machine also boasts of Dolby Atmos audio support. The Yoga Book has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Although it is likely to make you silly, you can take pictures using the tablet’s 8-megapixel rear shooter.
Providing the juice is the 8500 mAH battery. As per Lenovo, once fully charged, the battery lasts for up to 14 hours. To help you connected on the go, the Yoga Book comes with a 4G Nano SIM support. Other than that, it gets the usual connectivity options such Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. While the machine lacks a full-sized USB port, you do get the microUSB connector. For screen mirroring, it features a micro-HDMI port.
The Yoga Book runs Windows 10 Home edition. It comes loaded with essential Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The laptop is also available in Android variant, which ships with Marshmallow. This model comes pre-installed with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, McAfee Security, and Evernote.
The Lenovo Yoga Book is a premium device with incredibly thin and light ergonomics. However, to achieve the extreme portability, it seems to compromise on the performance. For the Windows version of Yoga Book, you must shell out Rs. 49,990. In India, the product will be available in Gunmetal Grey and Champagne Gold.