IFA 2016: Lenovo’s Yoga Book sets out to impress

Lenovo Yoga Book IFA 2016

IFA 2016 is heating up, especially with Lenovo having such a strong start with the unveiling of its latest innovation – the Lenovo Yoga Book. Launched on 31 August 2016 in Germany’s capital, Berlin, the Lenovo Yoga Book is the latest 2-in-1 device from the company. It features a touch-based keyboard (dubbed the Halo Keyboard), a Dual Use Stylus (which writes on paper and on screen), and an ultra-thin design which weighs in at 690 grams.

When taking a closer look at Lenovo’s latest innovation, we found that it packs in a powerful Intel Atom X5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and features a 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen, high-quality sound enhanced with Dolby Atmos, and 64GB of memory (which can be expanded upon up to 128GB). In addition to these features, the Lenovo Yoga Book also offers consumers choice when it comes to what operating system they want to use. As revealed by Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager at Lenovo, the device – once launched in September 2016 – will come either preloaded with either Android 6.0 (€499) or Windows 10 (€599).

To add to the specs of the device, the Lenovo Yoga Book comes standard with a 8500 mAh battery, which according to Lenovo will offer up to 15-hours of battery life (dependent on usage). After spending some time with the Yoga Book we also found that the device features a watchband hinge, which – according to the company – has been engineered to be smaller and features a custom-made three-axis hinge, with 130 different mechanical pieces comprising of five different materials. We also found that the device had been constructed from a combination of magnesium and aluminum alloys, and is set to come in a variety of different colours, including: Gold, Gunmetal Grey, and Carbon Black.

At the official launch event Meredith stated that: “Lenovo has 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.”

Apart from the Dual Use Stylus, one of the device’s biggest highlights is the Halo Keyboard. According to Lenovo, the Halo Keyboard features 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.

During the launch event, Meredith further revealed that the Halo Keyboard had taken Lenovo 2 years, from concept to working prototype, to design and incorporate. The keyboard lacks any physical keys, showing up as a solid white outline on the Yoga Book’s second panel only when it’s needed. As revealed by Meredith, the Halo Keyboard constantly ‘learns about and adapts to’ the typing habits of its user, with built-in prediction and artificial learning software. This software also allows for continuous optimisation. Along with built-in, sensitive haptic technology, which enables touch feedback to guide typing and reduce mistakes, the halo keyboard far surpasses the typing experience and speed of a normal tablet, and is comparable with that of a physical keyboard.

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 (the Dual-Use Stylus). Inspired by the elegance and simplicity, 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. Or you can draw directly on the screen as well, depending on preference. The real-pen accessory can draw with the precision of a pencil or paintbrush, with 2,048 pressure levels and 100-degree angle detection. In addition, you’ll never have to charge or replace it – the real-pen accessory doesn’t require batteries and its ink can be replaced with standard ink tips, just like that of a conventional pen.

Overall, Lenovo has hit the ground running at IFA 2016, and we cannot wait to see what else the company has to offer at IFA 2016.

Edited By: Darryl Linington
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