Lenovo’s newest addition to their portable computer line-up is the Yoga Book, a multi-functional clamshell design laptop that can be opened using a 360-degree hinge, something that Lenovo has made an iconic feature for their Yoga line over the past years.
The biggest difference between this device and a typical laptop is the lack of a physical keyboard. You heard that right, the Yoga Book has a screen and a unique “touch-input” surface that is designed for touch or stylus use.
Lenovo is calling this the CreatePad and it can switch from a stylus input into a backlit touch-keyboard at the press of a button. A finely tuned haptic feedback system simulates the feeling of typing on a regular tactile keyboard. If this sounds a bit like Microsoft’s Touch Cover technology, you would be right – however since this implementation is not solely a keyboard – Lenovo’s technology allows for a much more versatile experience where the user can freely and quickly switch between typing and jotting down notes or drawing on the touch input surface. The omission of a physical keyboard also lets the device be attractively thin and svelte, and it’s a great offering if you’re looking for both looks and functionality.
The other part of the CreatePad is the RealPen. It’s a battery-free dual-use stylus which lets you write on paper with replaceable ink tips or use the stylus tip that comes with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and 100 degree angle detection for detailed tracking. Users can also clip a piece of paper into the CreatePad, and use the RealPen to write notes on paper which are instantly digitized by the device.
On the software side of things, Lenovo has crafted a specially adapted custom Android UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Their enhancements feature multitasking additions like the ability to pin, maximize and minimize windows, a taskbar, and even drag-and-drop from one window to another. You can also choose to buy a Windows 10 version of the device.
The device is powered by Intel’s Atom x5 processor, with 4 GB or RAM and sits at 1.5 lbs. Availability in the US should start in October at $499, and @lenovocanada has confirmed that the device will be coming to Canada, but pricing and release date has not been announced.