December 13, 2016 11:16:11 am
Lenovo’s Yoga Book, which is their new 2-in-1 with a Halo Keyboard, has been launched in India. The Yoga Book was first introduced at IFA 2016 by the company and comes in two versions: Android and Windows 10. However, the company is only bringing the Windows 10 Pro version to India, which costs Rs 49,990. The Yoga Book is Flipkart exclusive and Lenovo is bundling Real Pen stylus, Book Pad and Real Pen Ink Refills with the device. Lenovo says India will get the Android version as well later.
“Yoga Book is one of the best mobile productivity tablets that you can get in the market. One of the reasons for the decline of tablets is that people haven’t found a reason for using a tablet. But people are using tablets on the professional, while consumer end is limited to entertainment. This is something that is geared for professional who need a device for on-the go,” said Bhaskar Choudhuri, Lenovo India’s Director Marketing.
He also said explained why the Windows 10 device is coming to India and not the Android version. “It’s purely driven by supplies. We facing a very good demand scenario. That is one of the reasons why are we limiting it to one portal, and not launching it Pan India or in Lenovo Stores,” said Choudhuri.
According to Choudhuri, the device offers a lot of versatility in terms of Real-Pen support, the new Halo keyboard and it would be unfair to pitch this as either a laptop or tablet as it will straddle different form factors. He also said the new Yoga Laptop series could be introduced in India by next quarter.
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The USP of the Yoga Book is the Halo Keyboard, which can be attached to the touch-based tablet. Just like the tablet, the keyboard is also touch-based and as we saw in IFA, it lights up whenever the user needs it. When the user wants to use the Real Pen stylus instead, the keyboard disappears and it turns into a giant writing slab of sorts.
In terms of specifications, the Yoga Book has a 10.1-inch full HD display (capacitive touch supported) and runs an Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor (2M Cache, Quad-Core, Up to 2.4 GHz), comes with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. It has support for WiFi and LTE option. The hinge connecting the keyboard and tablet is similar as the one on Yoga 900 laptop from the company.
Yoga Book comes with support for the Real Pen, which has an Ink Pen support and a regular stylus. Wacom provides technology support for the Ink Pen. Basically, a user can write on a piece of paper with the Real Pen, and the Yoga Book will digitise their notes. A user just has to place the piece of paper on the keyboard and start writing with the Real Pen, and the notes will automatically be reflected on the display.
The Stylus and the Real pen are inter-changeable. The Pen has a 10mm hover detection range and thus can detect notes, even when user is relying on a thick notepad to make notes. A user can take a regular notebook to write via the Real Pen as well.
As far as the Halo Keyboard goes, Lenovo claims the accuracy is comparable to an actual 12-inch full size keyboard. The device also uses predictive text and artificial intelligence to help improve typing on the device over time.
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