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Lenovo, the Chinese technology giant; unveiled their revolutionary design of a 2-in-1 convertible tablet, called the Lenovo Yoga Book, in Berlin just before the IFA 2016. The design is an elegant piece of art and it is exhilarating to see Lenovo trying something fresh with their latest release.
The world’s slimmest and lightest tablet folds out to reveal two panels along with a
- clamshell configuration,
- regular touch screen,
- flat writing surface,
- dual-use stylus (the real pen accessory),
- 1-inch Full HD screen and
- a “halo” keyboard that shows up only when you need it.
The tablet comes with a real-pen accessory for writing purposes and it works on both; the tablet surface as well as a normal sheet of paper. With this stylus, you can create several kinds of impressions including a paint brush and a pencil with 2,048 pressure levels and 100-degree angle detection. On the plus side, it comes without the hassle of ever having to charge or replace it. It doesn’t require batteries and the ink cartridge is replaceable, like standard ink tips, just like that of a traditional pen. Moreover, the tablet itself has a long lasting battery life of 15 hours, so it looks like a win-win!
The keyboard surface is pressure sensitive and users can also use it by placing a sheet of paper over it and tracing any pattern that will simultaneously digitize your doodles and jottings on the screen.
The ‘halo’ technology is indeed observed on most smartphones, where there are no physical keys and instead the halo keyboard with a broad white outline appears on the screen. Lenovo is again trying to step out of their boundaries and leveraging an AI software, that the company claims gets smarter the more you use it and predicts what you might want to type next by observing and learning user’s habits. Another interesting aspect of the halo keyboard design is that it can disappear entirely and the panel can then be optimized as a digitizer.
The haptic surface with a backlit keyboard, merges software and hardware aspects in a single smooth interface. The touch screen is carefully created to give a rough, matte sensation, along with anti-glare coating to ensure the best possible touch-typing experience.
The machine has a width of about three pennies and absence of actual keys contributes even more to the device’s slim body. The overall appearance of the Yoga Book looks like a sleek notebook you can carry around and weighs only 690g that is just over a pound. Yoga Book makes use of a 360-degree watchband style hinge and measures measuring just 1.2mm in width, combined with the keyboard panel measures a mere 5.55mm.
The designers achieved this marvel of engineering by judicious use of materials, structured in an innovative way. The magnesium alloy body gives the right level of tensile strength and thinness along with a modern component design such as the hinge; and a tight stacking and strategic placing of components.
The usual hinge model used for the preceding Yoga range was apparently too large for Yoga Book so, the designers had to optimize it and to slim down the size they reduced the hinge to three axial rods. The hinge design was thoroughly tested by a continuous cycle opening and closing, 25,000 times a day to ensure its sturdiness.
Yoga book will be available nationwide from September. In the US, the device will be sold online from October. The Android version of the tablet is priced $499 and the Microsoft Windows 10 model for $549.