Yoga Book ditches a physical keyboard for pen and touch

Lenovo had a busy day at the IFA trade show. The company introduced a dramatically different new take on the 2-in-1 tablet called the Yoga Book. This 10.1" machine is Lenovo's first with a new interface it's calling the "halo keyboard." This design turns the half of the machine where a keyboard would traditionally go into a blank slate that can serve as both a keyboard and a pen input area. What's more, the Yoga Book is just 9.6 mm thick.

The "halo keyboard" uses illumination to outline a haptic keyboard and touchpad area that can turn into a pen-input surface at the touch of a button. That seems like an ideal note-taking interface on its own, but for folks who still prefer dead trees, the Yoga Book's stylus can also accept an ink tip that produces electronic input, too. That means the Yoga Book can digitize paper notes as the user creates them. Lenovo uses a high-quality Wacom digitizer to achieve the Book's dual-input prowess.

Lenovo will release the Yoga Book in both Windows 10 and Android versions. The company sat down with The Verge for an extensive discussion of the device's design, and it revealed that the Android version of the device will run Android 6.0 with an extensive Lenovo-built multitasking interface on top. An update to Android 7.0 is apparently in the works. The machine is powered by an Atom X5 CPU (presumably Cherry Trail) paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and its main display is a 1920x1080 IPS affair.

The Android and Windows versions of the Yoga Book will be available "globally in September" starting at €499 for the Android model and €599 for the Windows version, although that window apparently doesn't include the United States. Lenovo says Yankees should expect the machine to be available at online retail in the States by the end of October.

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