Hands on with the Lenovo Yoga Book

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We’re here at IFA 2016, and Lenovo just took the wraps off a very interesting product called the Yoga Book. It is an ultrabook of sorts, and it’s offered in both Android and Windows 10 flavors. We had the opportunity to go hands on with the Android version and so without further ado, let’s jump in and give your our first look at the Lenovo Yoga Book!

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The device comes with a nice metal build that gives it a sturdy and solid feel, but Lenovo has done a great job with keeping it extremely thin and lightweight, making for a very sleek laptop. Lenovo brings back the chain mail-like hinge that we’ve seen with some previous devices in the Yoga series, and just like those, it allows the screen to be rotated 360 degrees.

You can place it in any position you want, and given how thin, light, and compact it is, using it in tablet mode is nice and comfortable. You get a microUSB port for charging, a mini-HDMI port, a headphone jack, and dual speakers on the left and right sides that comes with support for Dolby ATMOS Surround Sound.

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The Yoga Book comes with a 10.1-inch display with a Full HD resolution, and while it wasn’t anything mind blowing, this screen will certainly get the job done. Under the hood, the device comes with an Intel X5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of on-board storage, which is expandable via microSD card. It also packs a large 8,500 mAh, which should be more than enough to cover your battery life needs.

The best part about the Yoga Book has to be the keyboard, which Lenovo is calling the Halo keyboard. It is a back-lit keyboard with a very Tron-esque look and feel, but what is particularly noteworthy is that it is a completely flat keyboard, with no real physical keys. It does feel like you are typing on a touchscreen, and can admittedly take some getting used to. However, it can be quite addictive, and definitely makes you feel like you are using something from the future.

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The other really impressive part about this keyboard is that you can place any regular notebook on it and write in it, and it will digitally convert anything that you’ve drawn or written right into the Yoga Book. This is fantastic if you still like writing things down, but also want to save your notes in a digital format.

The exact limits of how thick the notebook can be to use this function isn’t known, but the notebook we used was over half an inch thick, and the device still registered everything that was written, so it’s certainly a stunning feature.

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On the software side of things, the Yoga Book is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are a few customizations that are available, along with a few apps to take advantage of the awesome writing technology, but it isn’t a forked version of Android specifically built for this device by any means. You still get the Google Play Store and everything else you’d typically expect from a stock build of Android.

The exact pricing and availability information hasn’t been announced yet, but we will keep this post updated as more news comes in. Until then, stay tuned with Android Authority, TabTimes, and VR Source for all our great coverage from IFA 2016!

What do you think of the Lenovo Yoga Book? Is the writing feature something that will prove to be useful for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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