It’s incredibly hard to innovate in the tablet segment nowadays, since it’s filled to the brim with “me too” products, usually inspired by iPads, Lenovo Yogas or Surface Pros. The Lenovo Yoga Book is doing its own thing and we were lucky enough to play with its for a few days. Details are revealed after the break, but in the meantime you should know that the Android version of the slate is priced at $499 and the Windows one at $550.
We’re playing with the Android model and as you can tell already, this is no ordinary tablet. It’s a 10.1 incher with a keyboard attached and it’s good for students and professional, as well as casual drawers. It comes with a bundled stylus called Real Pen and a pad for writing stuff down with real ink. Design-wise, this is a work of art, with each “slab” measuring 4 mm in thickness and I mean here the tablet itself and the keyboard segment.
It all amounts to 690 grams in weight, which is 250 grams heavier than the iPad Pro 9.7 but it’s reasonable for a tablet + keyboard combo. The device has a solid build and it’s made of aluminum and magnesium. It comes in gunmetal gray or champagne gold and it’s an elegant machine with a superb hinge, that’s both solid and flexible.
It has 4 usage modes: notebook, tent, fully open and flat on the table and tablet. The keyboard is comfy and has a superb white lightning that feels like a panel from a sci fi movie such as Star Trek. There’s a 360 degree hinge connecting the two parts and I have to say that this is the best tablet design I’ve seen all year and also the most original.
The display included on the Yoga Book is a 10.1 inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD resolution and LED backlight. It offers 16.7 million colors and 70% color gamut, plus 400 nits of brightness, on paper at least. Its video player has a Pop up play feature and the viewing experience involved good brightness, crisp image, OK colors and wide view angles.
The contrast of the images was rather so-so. Pixels are of the RGB Stripes variety and the brightness we measured was 375 LUX. Frankly we expected a bit more, something in the area of 400 or even 500 LUX, a value that the Nexus 7 achieved in 2013. At least this brightness beats the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 and iPar Air 2 somehow.
We did score below the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, by the way. Settings for the screen include Adaptive Brightness, font size and I feel that the image may be crisp, but it also could have been brighter. Moving on to other hardware, there’s an Intel Atom X5-Z8550 CPU here, a quad core unit at 2.4 GHz, accompanied by 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 64 GB of storage and a microSD card slot.Read More