People who feel that there’s “nothing new to see” in the world of notebooks and tablets should take a look at what Lenovo announced today. Ahead of the IFA show in Berlin, the company announced four new offerings, highlighting design upgrades and features that challenge users to think about what can be done with a computer. That’s no small feat in today’s technology device world, where everything often looks the same, with just a different label slapped on the cover.
Here’s a quick look at the announcements:
This 2-in-1 device takes its Book moniker seriously - when spread out flat, the device looks a lot more like a book than a notebook or even a tablet (see photo above). The Yoga Book features a “halo keyboard”, which is a full touch screen backlit keyboard that integrates software and hardware into the interface. The glass touch screen includes an anti-glare coating to create a touch-typing experience, which should be helpful since there are no physical keys. Instead, it displays as a solid white outline on the Yoga Book’s second panel, and it’s only on when the user needs a keyboard. Software is also included that “learns about and adapts to the typing habits of its user,” Lenovo says. It should be interesting to see whether this experience of typing can mimic the experience of a physical keyboard.
The second panel also comes in handy when it’s paired with the real-pen accessory, a dual-use stylus. With the stylus, users will be able to emulate writing with pen and paper, or run sketching and drawing apps. With a piece of paper on one panel and using the stylus (which can hold real ink as well), users can write on the paper and the handwriting or drawing will digitize on the second panel. Or, you could use the pen without paper (in stylus mode), and sketch a drawing or write that way. It’s very cool looking. (see video)
The Yoga Book will include either the Android (6.0) or Windows 10 operating system, running an Intel Atom X5 processor and include 4GB of memory. It will start at $499 (Windows version starts at $549), and will be available in October 2016, Lenovo says.
Miix 510 detachable
This is the latest Windows detachable system - the Miix 510 can be used as a traditional notebook if you like, but then detach from the keyboard and operate as a tablet. The new system includes features such as a 12.2-inch display, processors that go up to the 6th-generation Intel Core i7, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and optional LTE network connections, and storage space up to 1TB via the PCIe solid-state drive. The Miix 510 starts at $599.99 and will be available in October 2016, Lenovo says.
Yoga 910 convertible
Lenovo claims that the Yoga 910 is the “world’s thinnest Intel Core i convertible”, featuring a 14.3mm profile (get your rulers out!). Users will get to choose between a 13.9-inch full HD or 4K display for viewing photos or watching videos, and sound is enhanced through a Dolby Audio Premium speaker system. The battery life has expanded to now support up to 15.5 hours of live, Lenovo says. Starting at $1,299, the Yoga 910 will be available in October, the company says.
Yoga Tab 3 Plus
This Android-based tablet now brings “the complete cinematic entertainment experience to Yoga tablet users at all price points,” Lenovo says. The device includes a 10.1-inch 2K display, 3D sound from four front-facing JBL Speakers (with Dolby Atmos technology), and that really cool hole that lets you hang the device on the wall (or the back of a seat) for viewing. The Lenovo Media Cast software lets users stream audio via Bluetooth or video via Miracast to the Yoga Tab 3 Plus from other devices. Starting at $299.99, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus will be available in October.
Sounds like a fun October for Lenovo!