What is yoga book exactly? It is a hybrid between laptop and tablet that runs with Android and carries with it a notepad. We can say that lenovo yoga book is one of the most interesting tablets of the year. Next, you check out what we think of the device.
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- Release date and price
- Design and quality of construction
- Special features
- Technical specifications
- Final verdict
- Elegant design
- Stylus with good accuracy
- Innovative keyboard
- Well built
- Performance could be better
Lenovo Yoga Book – Release date and price
The Yoga Book costs 499 Euros (approximately R$ 1,845.00 without fees) for the Android version and 599 Euros (R$ 2,214.00) Euros for the model running with Windows. Both versions are sold by Lenovo internationally, but are not officially available in Brazil.
Lenovo/Yoga Book ©
Lenovo Yoga Book – Design & Build Quality
Lenovo Yoga Book is extremely “skinny”. Its manufacturer announces it as the “thinnest 2 in 1 in the world”, as it brings only 9.6 mm thick in the thickest part and 4.6mm in the thinnest part. Thanks to materials such as magnesium and aluminum, yoga book can still be robust. Its halves are connected by means of a metal hinge, which allows ample movements back and forth.
Yoga Book closed / ©
Weighing just 690 grams, yoga book is a tablet and notebook hybrid with 10.1-inch screen. Your connections are located on the left side, including a micro-USB port and an HDMI. On the front are the On/Off button and the volume button.
Yoga Book open / ©
The hinge that joins the keyboard part with the screen looks very delicate at first glance, but ends up surprising by its solid construction, keeping the screen stable at various angles. Of course, we can’t attest in this review whether it will wear out easily over time, because we would need to spend a few months, or years, with the tablet.
Yoga Book connections on the right / ©
All buttons are located above the Yoga keyboard. We have on the right side of the device an input for headphones in the conventional standard of 3.5mm. The other ports, such as usb are on the left side, as I mentioned above. The front camera for selfies is positioned in a classic place above the screen.
Lenovo Yoga Book – Screen
With full HD IPS screen of 10 inches, we can say that the Yoga Book offers an interesting panel for your price range. The aspect ratio of the display delivers a resolution of 1920x1200pixels, however, something slightly below the classic Full HD.
With this, the density of the screen is only 224ppi, which becomes clearer when the user looks at the display more calmly. Those accustomed to 2K screens have more easily noticed the lower pixel density.
Yoga Book ‘ s full HD screen / ©
The brightness fools a little at first, since Lenovo wallpapers are dark and feel that the panel light is dim. In fact, the Yoga Book screen achieves a maximum brightness of 375 cd/m² and a level contrast of 1100:1.
The screen is therefore crisp and bright enough, but the on-screen experience may fall below average in a few moments. The Stylus pen is the big balcony of this device, and we’ll talk about it next.
Lenovo Yoga Book – Special Features
Real Pen – Stylus and real ballpoint pen
Now it’s time to turn off the keyboard to use its surface to draw and write using the Real Pen. It is a pen with genuine ink that can be used to write on a sheet of paper on top of the keyboard area. And all the tracing of what was created will be transported to the yoga book screen. The package that came with the device already brings a special paper block. But then you can use common sheets that the result will be the same.
Real Pen – the Stylus pen of the Yoga Book / ©
Of course you can also write directly on the screen and use the space as a Wacom tablet. When you remove the ink refill, it turns into an ordinary electronic pen, but maintains 2,048 pressure levels. For the pen to work on any surface (paper block or screen) you need to enable the “AnyPen” option in the Real Pen settings.
Yoga Book notes software can also be used even if the device screen is turned off. Activate the surface, create the note, and it will be transferred to the screen. Scanning and storage occur in the background. And when the tablet exits stand-by mode, you’ll be notified of the new annotations.
Yoga Book features a keyboard with the so-called Halo Effect, that is, it is a backlit keyboard, totally smooth and with tactile effect. The touch screen is rough, made with frosted glass, with white outlines that delimit the virtual buttons. The keyboard with the “Halo pattern” can also assimilate and adapt to the user’s typing habits thanks to a learning software.
Keyboard mode / ©
To ensure tactile and audible feedback when writing with the Halo keyboard, point vibrations and some sounds are emitted that help the user. But, of course, you can disable these tactile effects in the settings.
The trackpad is somewhat limited in the android tablet version. You can use it as a cursor, but the most advanced gestures rely heavily on the touch on the screen, such as page scrolling and pinch-to-zoom (pinch-to-finger movement)
The trackpad is limited in the Android version / ©
There is a capacitive button in the Yoga Book that changes the keyboard surface and turns it into a digitizing surface. Basically, we have a Wacom tablet built into the device, which can be used very conveniently next to Lenovo’s Real Pen. Stylus recognizes up to 2,048 pressure levels and works with an electromagnetic resonance (EMR) film.
It’s quite exciting to have the experience we have with paper or when a notepad is used to draw in the Yoga Book. It is wrong who thinks it takes a specific sheet for recognition to happen, since you just need to put any sheet of paper on top of the keyboard in digitizer mode for everything to work.
Sheet of paper working in Yoga Book in digitizer mode / ©
Lenovo software allows the screen and display to work simultaneously, meaning you can touch them at the same time. The scanning and storage of information takes place in the background, that is, when the tablet starts the system notifies the user of new notes or pending.
Lenovo Yoga Book – Software
Yoga Book has its own user interface, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is easily adaptable to control with mouse and keyboard and provides additional on-screen additional inputs that are reminiscent of the Windows interface.
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The Quick Launch bar reminds you a lot of Windows or Mac/ ©
Device multitasking has been slightly improved, so the transition between multiple apps is a little faster on Android. You can use a large-screen app or handle multiple programs simultaneously.
Lenovo optimized the multitasking feature for the Android version of Yoga Book / ©
Window mode is quite useful. In this mode, about a third of the screen is filled with floating applications, which can be controlled simultaneously by the user. You can use up to three apps at the same time on the Yoga Book screen. You can double-click the top edge for the app to go into full screen mode, as well as take it to the top of the screen. It is a very similar method to Windows 10 for PC.
Lenovo has also pre-installed several Microsoft apps in the Yoga Book. The package includes several office apps such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote. All, of course, “on the track.”
Lenovo Yoga Book – Performance
Yoga Book has well-balanced specifications. The Intel Atom Z8550 X5 device processor (2MB cache, quad-core, up to 2.4 GHz) is a rarity in the Android world, but in the case of Yoga we have a solid technical set.
One of the reasons Lenovo decided to use intel’s chipset is because of the Windows tablet version. Thus, the company may have found an easier solution to accommodate both systems.
In addition to the Intel processor, Yoga Book has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory for applications, documents, photos and videos. With the MicroSD card it can extend to another 128GB.
Yoga Book has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory / ©
For everyday use, the combination of processor, RAM, and storage is fast enough. During the trial period we do not experience bugs or problems with system animations and transitions. We also received numerous updates via OTA from Lenovo, especially at the beginning of the period. After this phase, updates were less frequent.
We don’t notice choking or problems during use for productivity, as well as the quality of game graphics. Games like Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8 or FIFA 16 ran without too many problems. Lenovo Yoga’s performance can be compared to google’s Pixel C, which is packaged by the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor. It’s not bad, but it’s not spectacular either.
Lenovo Yoga Book – Audio
Yoga Book features Dolby Atmos certified speakers and promises high-quality audio. In practice, the sound of the device delivers an audio “ok”, good but nothing exceptional. The speakers are on the side of the device and, perhaps because of its small size, the propagation of the audio is only satisfactory.
Yoga Book speakers with Dolby-Atmos/ ©
Lenovo Yoga Book – Drums
The yoga book battery has a capacity of 8,500mAh, which is 500mAh less than the battery present in pixel C. However, just like the Pixel C, the device is able to withstand up to a full day of use, and can reach up to two days of moderate use.
Running consecutive videos with 50% brightness, Yoga Book was able to hold up to 7 hours. The device has a fast charging system, ranging from 0 to 80% charge in about 50 minutes. Considering that the battery has 8,500mAh we have here an above average charging speed.
Lenovo Yoga Book – Technical Specifications
|256.6 x 170.8 x 9.6 mm
|1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi)
|6.0 – Marshmallow
|Number of cores:
Lenovo Yoga Book is a unique device among other Androids. Not even pixel C, which is a Google device, can be as versatile as Yoga. The tablet has a very interesting balance between productivity and entertainment with maximum mobility. You can watch Netflix and YouTube videos, use it as a notepad or tablet in college, and write messages longer than a simple note thanks to the Halo keyboard and the Real Pen pen.
In the international market yoga book is an attractive choice, mainly for its competitive price. The import will make it more expensive, however, which will depend on your willpower to have it. Only those users who want full performance should look at another tablet, because in the other points Yoga gives a show.
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