The big Chinese manufacturer is trying to reinvent the tablet with a large touchpad that replaces the familiar keyboard
In the 2011 company Acer brought to market a strange hybrid that answered there Iconia 6120 - and replaced the traditional keyboard with a second touchscreen that could be used to expand the main display or as a touch-time keyboard. The final product was already not very successful - but nevertheless it seems that the concept that aspires to hide the keyboard remains, and is making a comeback now interesting with the company Lenovo In a completely new device that matches the Yoga Book name.
The new computer is just halfway between Mobile With a 10.1-inch touch screen built on an IPS panel with 1,200 × 1,920 resolution - a large Wacom touch pad that replaces the keyboard keys and functions both as a drawing and drawing surface with a touch pen and as a virtual keyboard projected from it With the nickname Halo Which matches the resulting look) and offers vibration as feedback that simulates the sensation of real typing. The documentation below will help to understand this better:
The rest of the Yoga Book hardware is quite mediocre with a chip Intel X5-Z8550 quad-core, 3GB LPDDR4 memory, built-in 64GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity with optional mobile connectivity, 8 rear megapixel camera, 2 front-end camera, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or Android Marshmallow with a personal interface optimized for multitasking, for the customer's choice.
The yoga book is made of magnesium and aluminum alloy and features the unique "clock axis" of the company's 3 yoga devices, which offer a rotation of 360 degrees and allow for four different modes of use - when choosing a modest atom hardware and eliminating the keyboard enabled the birth of a product that Including a full thickness of only about 9.6 millimeters and weight of about 690 grams, making it the most compact laptop in the market, to some extent.
Beyond our inability to pre-evaluate the quality and efficiency of implementing its alternative to physical keyboards, there is only one big problem with the Yoga Book - its price. 500 for the Android version and 550 for the Windows version are also great when you take into account the innovative concepts that you get for them, when Chinese manufacturers offer tablets with similar hardware at 250 dollars and less or even In light of Microsoft's proposal with Surface 3 Which was launched at a cost similar to a similar specification almost a year and a half ago.
It's hard for us to see the Yoga Book pair becoming a new super hit on the market at its current price level (but we would not rule it out), but we certainly would not mind seeing more applications with the touchpad - which is also a keyboard - Which will be aimed at the base market of mobile devices and tablets, which thirst for a little variety and upgrade that will distinguish one model from the other, or alternatively those that will target artists and creators with more advanced hardware.
In any case, from our point of view, Lenovo is applauding the very aspiration to innovate and improve.