Lenovo Yoga Book

When the Lenovo Yoga Book was launched in Berlin on August 31, 2016, it immediately shot to the #1 spot on my shopping list. Lots of items have landed there without ever being purchased, but this one might actually make it into my household.

On paper, the Lenovo Yoga Book specs sound exactly like what I have been looking for these past years:

  • General:
    • Dimensions (mm): 256.00 x 170.80 x 9.60
    • Weight (g): 690.00
    • Battery capacity (mAh): 8500
    • Removable battery: Nope
  • Display:
    • Screen size (inches): 10.10
    • Resolution: 1200×1920 pixels
  • Hardware:
    • Processor: 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Internal storage: 64GB
    • Expandable storage (microSD): up to  128 GB
  • Software:
    • Operating System(s): Android or Windows 10
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11ac
    • Bluetooth: v 4.00
    • Headphones: 3.5mm
    • SIM: Nano (4G/ LTE)
  • Other:
    • Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope

As is often the case, “hands on” reviews so far have been by people who had a few measly minutes to check it out and it remains to be seen if the Yoga Book can live up to its promise.

On first glance, the hardware specs are simply too slim to run Windows 10 on it in any satisfactory way, so the Android version (also 100 Euro cheaper) would be the one for me.

The (IPS) screen seems to be quite good (I’d want to watch lots of videos on it, so the way it renders black and colors is something I would have to check myself before forking over the money) and the virtual “Halo” keyboard seems to require some getting used to (the keyboard runs using Wacom’s Passive EMR Technology and is purely digital without any physical keys).

Unfortunately, the battery isn’t changeable and the Yoga book uses an archaic  Micro USB connection rather than USB C , which should have been a (modern) standard by now, but for my needs, it still seems to be adequate enough.

It is difficult to resist my initial buying impulse, but I will wait until it finally is widely available and the detailed reviews start rolling in. No matter what the reviews say, I’ve got to see one out in the wild and give it a spin myself, but chances are that I will be adding the Lenovo Yoga Book to my small gadget collection before Christmas rolls around.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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