At IFA trade show in Berlin, Lenovo announced its latest addition to the Yoga product line, the Yoga Book convertible laptop that replaces physical keyboard with a large touchpad, which can act as a keyboard and a drawing board. The Yoga Book will be one of the thinnest and lightest convertibles on the market and will be available with Google Android and Microsoft Windows OSes.

From hardware point of view, the Lenovo Yoga Book is an ultra-thin convertible featuring a 10.1” capacitive touch IPS display (1920×1200 resolution) that is based on the Intel Atom x5-8550 which is Intel's Cherry Trail SoC with four cores running at up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB cache, and 12 EU Gen 8 integrated graphics. The device is equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR3, 64 GB of NAND flash storage (a microSD card is also present), 802.11 ac Wi-Fi as well as LTE connectivity and so on. The Yoga Book system is just 9.6 mm thick and weighs only 690 grams since it is made of magnesium aluminum alloy. However, specifications and dimensions are not the key highlights of the novelty.

The Yoga Book convertible is one of the first products of this kind to scrap a physical keyboard in favor of a large 10.1” touchpad covered with a special anti-glare matte glass and featuring backlighting that turns on when the keyboard is needed. The surface, which Lenovo calls the Halo Keyboard, supports a haptic touch feedback technology to emulate physical keyboard and thus reduce the amount of typos that usually occurs when typing on tablets. To further speed up typing, Lenovo developed a special app that learns its user’s typing habits and tries to predict the words that are typed. The surface is essentially a large digitizer featuring Wacom technologies, it is possible to place a piece of paper on it, draw something, or write a note, and get it digitized automatically. To do so, you’ll need Lenovo’s dual-use active electrostatics (ES) stylus with Wacom Feel tech that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and can also write/draw on regular paper (special refills are needed).

Lenovo Yoga Book Specifications
  Yoga Book with Windows 10 Yoga Book with Android 6.0
Processor Intel Atom x5-Z8550
(Quad-core, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB cache)
Memory 4 GB LPDDR3
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Display 10.1" IPS
1920×1200 resolution
Storage 64 GB
Networking 802.11ac
2G/3G/4G (optional)
SIM Nano SIM card
Audio Dolby Audio Premium
Headset jack
Battery Li-ion Polymer
8500 mAh
13 hours battery life
Sensors Vibrator
G-Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Hall Sensor
GPS
Buttons/Ports USB, HDMI
microSD card reader
 
Back Side Hinge with 360° Rotation
Air Vents Integral to Hinge
Dimensions 10.1" × 6.72" × 0.38"
256.6 × 170.8 × 9.6 mm
Weight ~1.52 lbs (0.69 kg)
Webcam 2 MP front fixed-focus front webcam
8 MP front auto-focus rear cam
Extras Lenovo's software for Halo Keyboard Lenovo's software for Halo Keyboard
Lenovo's enhancements for Android 6.0
Colors Carbon Black Gold
Gunmetal
Pricing Starting from $549 Starting from $499

The replacement of a physical keyboard with touch-sensitive surface allowed Lenovo to make its Yoga Book thinner than other convertibles with flip around hinges. At the same time, this opens up doors to new usage models for the device, at least for those, who use a stylus.

The manufacturer intends to offer several versions of its ultra-thin convertible. The Yoga Book in gold or gunmetal finishes with Google Android 6.0 OS will be available starting at $499. The carbon black Yoga Book Windows 10 will be priced starting at $549, whereas convertibles with Windows 10 Pro will be slightly more expensive. All versions are expected to hit the market in October.

Source: Lenovo

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  • Morawka - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    Blame intel, they are charging around $110 tray for that cpu. I've seen arm dies bigger than that and sell for less than $25 Reply
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    WUT? Intel lists the chip as "Recommended Customer Price $27.00" http://ark.intel.com/products/93360/Intel-Atom-x5-... Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, September 08, 2016 - link

    The Atom isn't the main bottleneck... that would be the eMMC (Not sure what this machine has but as it's 64Gb it probably is) Reply
  • mkozakewich - Monday, September 05, 2016 - link

    I've gotten $100 tablets with less bezel. No, it's just about how they design it. Likely, they wanted battery capacity to be a selling feature and weren't willing to increase the price even more with a bigger display. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    ...and? I have to actually hold the device so do need some bezel. Reply
  • p1esk - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    How do you manage to hold your smartphone? Reply
  • RBFL - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    Most smartphones don't have 10.1" screens and thus you can hold them without putting fingers on the touchscreen. Reply
  • vegabook - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    just what I though. I quite like the whole thing but *what* were they thinking with those bezels. Makes a u-boat periscope proud. Reply
  • Tams80 - Friday, September 02, 2016 - link

    That technology Intel had for virtual bezels has gone nowhere. You need to hold something.

    Plus, if you look at thin bezel laptops, they have nasal cameras.
    Reply
  • versesuvius - Friday, September 02, 2016 - link

    I have always thought that the greatest test of usability is how comfortable a 7 year old child is with the device. If a child is comfortable with a device, then users of all ages are comfortable with the device. Even Apple knows that. You can be sure that they have children playing with their future products long before the design is finalized. They never make a big deal out of how small the bezel is on their mobile products either, specially tablets. Remember too that tablets and laptops are not phones. They are entirely different objects when it comes to handling them, unless one is somewhat inclined to use the tip of his/her nails to hold the device. Bezels are a quiet gift when it comes to tablets. They may not look as good as displays without bezels but they actually go a long way toward holding them and working with them.

    As for price, this laptop practically packs in a lot more than an iPhone or a Samsung Note, and yet their prices is far higher than this. And none of them gives you a digitizer for free, which is included in this device practically for free (of course at the cost of giving up on another practical type of keyboard).
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