With advances in smartphone technology, it’s a bit difficult to get excited about tablets these days–even though tablet-hybrids are increasing in popularity. Yet, Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a bit different. It is not an exact copy of Microsoft’s Surface Book–it comes with thoughtful features enabling this particular tablet-laptop hybrid to stand out on its own.
Lenovo calls it the “Ultimate 2-in-1 Productivity Tablet.” It is essentially a three-in-one tablet combining a Lenovo Yoga, a Wacom Intuos, and a Wacom Bamboo Spark. It comes with the same “Watchband hinge” as Lenovo’s Yoga 900 convertible laptops. A shiny gold version, with the Android OS, starts at $499. In addition, a Windows 10 model starts at $549. What makes the Yoga Book remarkably different? Well, its keyboard is a giant touchpad. The surface only has an outline of keys–hence, no physical buttons.
As a result, it feels more like a tablet. Without the keyboard, it comes in at 1.52 pounds. Then, there is the “Create Pad.” If you tap a button at the right of the keyboard, the outlines disappear. So, you can draw on it with a stylus. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it will automatically record your doodles. A small window will pop up to record your writing, art, etc…You can even place a piece of paper on top of the surface, and it will still record whatever you jot down. The Yoga Book calls its corresponding Stylus the “Real Pen.”
It seems to be giving a nod to those who still have a paper addiction. Moreover, inside, the Yoga Book comes with an Intel Atom x5 processor and a 8500mAh battery. It is supposed to last for up to 15 hours of average use. It also has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display. For users who love paper, this might be the tablet to buy. Furthermore, for students, those in the arts and design–Lenovo’s Yoga Book may even best the iPad Pro and Surface.