Lenovo's Yoga Book is a new kind of tablet

Today, Lenovo has announced the all-new Yoga Book, a different kind of tablet. It uses Lenovo’s now-familiar "watchband" hinge to put together two different pieces. The first is the usual touchscreen you’d expect, but the second is something new: it’s a touch-sensitive surface powered by Wacom. It has light-up keys that make it a keyboard, but it also accepts input from a stylus.

Lenovo calls it the "Create Pad," and it has one more trick: you can swap in an ink cartridge into the included stylus and take notes on real paper and the Yoga Book will copy what you’re doing in real time. Because the hinge lets you swing the screen all the way around, you can take notes on paper while it’s folded up with the screen off on the back and the tablet will still record them.

As is Lenovo’s way, there are two variants getting released in October. The first runs on Android Marshmallow and runs $499. The other is a Windows 10 version, for $549. Both versions come with the stylus / pen included and also have LTE radios. Lenovo rates the Android version at 15 hours and the Windows version at 13 hours, numbers that are hard to judge — although the 8500mAh battery is big, we don’t know what kind of power draw the "Create Pad" has.

Both versions of the tablet have the same specs, including a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. You can expand it via microSD as well. They also have the same processor, an Intel Atom x5, which should tell you that these are not powerhouse machines — but that’s theoretically not going to be a problem for people who want to use it to take notes and watch a few movies.

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Lenovo essentially made no changes to Windows for the Yoga Book, but the Android version is heavily customized. There’s the aforementioned note-taking capabilities built in, but the software has also been altered to act a bit more like a desktop. There’s a task bar and the ability to run multiple apps in windows.

We’ll need to actually try the thing out to see if it works, but it’s the first tablet we’ve seen in awhile that does more than try to innovate on hardware beyond clever kickstands or physical keyboard attachments. It’s enough to call to mind the nearly forgotten Microsoft Courier concept — but let’s not dwell on what might have been.


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I am very tempted. But I know it won’t be of much use to me. So.. I’ll pass.

Courier in its finite form.

I had romanticized the Courier so much that looking back at the design language and interface design…Yikes.

Agreed. Looks horrid looking back on it now.

Very interesting. If this works as well as claimed it would be a fantastic note taking/meeting device. I like the Surface Pro but still waiting on a more natural handwritting/OCR device. (not saying this could replace a SP’s other functions) Too bad they couldn’t have developed on Android 7 with it’s split screen built in and potentially had one less customization to slow down updates. However

50$ extra for Windows 10… Mmmmmmm

With Android you never know if is going to get an update.

The "Rewriting the Tablet" longform piece mentions that Lenovo is planning Android 7 sometime next year. Obviously it isn’t a guarantee, but with the amount of customization I am sure that this took, I understand having to release with Android 6. (They at least have a better excuse than phone manufacturers who sell plain slab phones.)

And with Windows it’ll never stop updating…

I definitely wouldn’t trust Lenovo to keep the Android updates flowing. It would probably be abandonware within 6 months. 12 if lucky.

If Microsoft Courier went to production, this would be close match.

Interesting design. I don’t like keyboards with no feedback, though. The new Macbook is awful enough.

Couldn’t come up with a less blingy hinge in three years? Since Lenovo has started using that disgusting looking hinge I can’t make myself to consider any of their flagship products. I hope they have a version with a more traditional hinge for the next version.

I think I will take one!

Color me impressed by Lenovo. This looks amazing. The only decision is whether to get the Android or the Windows version.

On second, thought, I will take two (one of each)!

I was thinking (and writing) that there was a time when a device like this would have only be possible if made by one company. That company, of course, was Apple. It hasn’t been that one for some time now. The problem is, this is becoming the new normal.

Apple should have done something like this. Lenovo? Not in a million years.

And here we are.

Apple should have done something like this.

Shame it’s not using the Atom X7 and a proper SSD. Otherwise, I’d be kind of tempted

Now this is cool. This is proper innovation.

Bravo for coming up with something new. I have an ipad but want something a bit more multi-functional for when I need to type out the odd document or simple excel stuff but don’t want something with a floppy keyboard attachment, or to drop a ton of money, and have get something much bigger or heavier. I’ll give this a look when it comes out.

Interesting that there isn’t a ChromeOS version. Especially since they customized Android to give a more desktop like feel.

I’ve seen videos of Android apps on ChromeOS in youtube and about 50% of them crash, since app designers did’n’t care to write the app for large display, this even happens on some games from big developers like Gameloft.
This device is much better with Windows than with Android IMO since it has full Windows desktop version.

I’m just thinking that a Chrome version might make more sense than Android since it already has a desktop set-up. And I imagine that Android app performance will only get better on ChromeOS as time goes on.

Still a very cool concept, I’m interested in seeing to reviews once it’s out.

This is very cool device for note taking, IMO is better to use an app like OneNote on a device like this than writing directly on the display like on Surface Pro, the reason is the OCR, its more natural to look at the monitor with converted letters from the ones you input on the black surface.
A similar concept can be applied for drawing, its like drawing with a mouse on PC but instead of a mouse is a pen and you’re drawing on a surface but your eyes are looking at the display always.

Why not at least m3? I’ve used x5 and it’s just too much stuttering.

I think on the Android version,, they should halt or delay the release date and work to update the software to be in Nougat out of the box. You’ll better want the new multitasking features in Nougat on the big device

Love the trend. We are getting closer and closer to the ultimate mobile PC.

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