Lenovo Yoga Book: An Ultra-Thin Hybrid Laptop for Basic Productivity@Rs 49,990

by December 13, 2016 0 comments

At just 9.6 mm thickness this carbon black 2-in-1 hybrid between a laptop and a tablet really redefines the future of a productivity device for an always on-the-move professional. It weighs just 690 gms and feels like a true hard bound folder when held with both hands. Lenovo’s thinking behind this product has been to create a fusion device between an tablet and a laptop so you get to experience all: browse, work and play. Meant to handle basic productivity tasks, good enough for most professionals on the move, the device packs Intel’s Atom x5 processor within its thin base and works on Windows 10 Pro OS that’s the Windows version for mobile devices.

Touch-based keyboard adds to the bling

While we don’t appreciate the broader than usual bezel, the touch-based keyboard, called the Halo keyboard by Lenovo, does add to the bling value. It can be made to appear or disappear through a touch-sensitive button and this is one of the main factors that contributes to the slimness of the device. The haptic feedback we received while typing was pretty decent and the keys can increase in size based on their usage frequency. For instance, if you use the character ‘E’ too often, the touch keyboard has been programmed to increase its size for future. Such a size modification reduces the possibility of accidently touching any adjacent key and thus having to delete it all the time, something we frequently experience while typing on smartphones.

Digitise notes and sketches through an electromagnetic stylus

What if you want to scribble something on a notepad and are loathe at having to typing it again on the Notepad app? This device provides a way around through the combination of a magnetic writing pad and electromagnetic stylus (designed by Wacom) called Real Pen. It can draw with the precision of a pen or a brush with 2,048 pressure levels and 100-degree angle detection. The good part is that it does not require charging and the ink can be replaced with standard ink tips, just like an ordinary pen. The video below shows how you can use it but just to give you a quick idea, it works through a magnetic note pad placed on the keyboard base. You may place any piece of paper on this magnetic pad and it works just fine. The supplied Real Pen can be used to scribble anything on it and the same text or drawing is simultaneously reflected on the screen, thus saving time.

Key specifications of Lenovo Yoga Book

The Lenovo Yoga Book is built to enhance mobility while taking care of the varied needs of the new-age professional. It provides the full functionality of a tablet with a 10.1” full HD IPS touch-screen that runs on the Windows 10 Pro OS. While you may not be able work with heavy software, the basic productivity office tasks should be good to go. The Yoga Book comes with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB ROM which should do a decent job at multitasking. The storage can be expanded to 128 GB through an SD card slot. The Intel Atom x5 2.4 GHz quad core processor is pretty much standard for such devices and you can also insert a nano SIM for the on-the-move connectivity. The battery capacity at 8500 mAh sounds decent and Lenovo claims it can last upto 13 hours with routine productivity tasks. So that you don’t miss out on any smartphone functionality it also comes with an 8MP auto focus rear camera but the front camera is just 2 MP and that too with a fixed focus, a little bit of a dampener considering that it is the age of selfie-phones.

Additional connectivity options

The device supports 4G LTE with WLAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The left side sports one microUSB and one micro HDMI port along with SIM and microSD card slots. On the right of the base is the volume rocker and the power button. The Bluetooth connectivity is a surprise omission but may be this could be done away with given the changing connectivity preferences these days. The Lenovo Yoga Book also has the usual mix of sensors: vibrator, G-sensor, ambient light, Hall sensor and GPS.

The Lenovo Yoga Book is available on Flipkart starting today for Rs 49,990.

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