Lenovo

Emma Okonji

Lenovo has launched the Yoga Book, the world’s thinnest and lightest designed for unmatched productivity while on the go.

Built for mobility and to solve the most common challenge among tablet users – how to achieve productivity and entertainment in one device – the Yoga Book is a tablet that looks and acts like no other.

Until now, we have been using tablets in ways we were not meant to: for productivity, for example, which becomes painful when typing or applying a stylus onto a touch screen that you are using on-the-go.

Announcing the new Yoga Book, the Vice President/General Manager, Android and Chrome Computing, Lenovo, Mr. Jeff Meredith, said: “The Yoga Book removes that difficulty by taking the fundamental building blocks from the DNA of what makes a great tablet – namely portability, long battery life and a rich app ecosystem – and entwines it into a strand of creativity and productivity through a suite of powerful new hardware and software features, including: instant halo keyboard; dual-use stylus that writes on paper and screen; and productivity-driven Book UI.”

According to him, “We set out to redefine the tablet category conundrum, namely that consumers no longer separate their activities into productivity and entertainment – it all blends together, and so should the device they use,”

“The Yoga Book introduces keyboard and handwriting input capability in an elegantly simple, unconventionally slender tablet design. We believe our unique design will offer tablet, 2-in-1 and traditional notebook buyers a first-of-its-kind option for evolving usage trends,” Meredith said.
Speaking on the features of the Yoga Book, Meredith said the product comes ultra-thin and light.
“With two panels that open up like an ultra thin notebook, the Yoga Book is unconventionally slender and light years removed from the tablet that you are accustomed to using on the go or while sitting in your home. As the world’s thinnest 2-in-1, the Yoga Book is 9.6mm closed, tapering to 4.05mm at its slimmest edge – a thickness of just under three pennies,” he said.

Based on its slim nature, the Yoga Book is made to match the mobility of a smartphone, so that customers can easily hold and carry, just like a book. Users who take the Yoga Book with them on day trips have the option to work anywhere, such as on a busy moving vehicle, in a packed waiting room or on a crowded countertop – if and when they feel like it, thanks to the thin and light design. It comes with 15-hour battery life and a watchband hinge that folds 360 degrees. And if users don’t feel like working, they will have a top-of-the-line entertainment tablet to keep them company, with a 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen, high-quality sound enhanced with Dolby Atmos and 64GB of memory.

“For the Instant Halo Keyboard, the Yoga Book’s first productivity feature is also what makes the thin and light design possible: the halo keyboard, a full touch screen backlit keyboard that weaves software and hardware into one fluid interface. The touch screen is made with glass that was meticulously chosen to give a rough, matte feel and finish, along with anti-glare coating to ensure the best possible touch-typing experience, “Meredith said.

“The flush surface of the halo keyboard feature also allows for a few additional uses when paired with the Yoga Book’s standard real-pen accessory, a dual-use stylus. Inspired by the elegance and simplicity of real notebooks, Yoga Book is an acknowledgement that we all still love to write and draw on paper,” Meredith added.

Users can now write with the real-pen accessory that holds real ink tips onto a piece of paper or notepad covering the multi-use keyboard panel, or as a stylus when applied straight onto the panel. Everything they create, from doodles and drawings to notes, is instantly digitised and saved with the Lenovo note-saving app.

Roughly the size of a conventional ink pen, the real-pen accessory is powered by Wacom feel IT technologies to work with the state-of-the-art electro-magnetic resonance (EMR) film housed within the multi-use keyboard, which enables this real-time digitisation.

The multi-use keyboard and real-pen accessory recreate the natural feel of drawing flat on a paper surface instead of directly onto a computer screen, without having to block parts of the art work with the hand or stylus.