Lenovo’s Yoga Book

Lenovo’s recently unveiled 2-in-1, the Yoga Book, is available in Android Marshmallow and Windows 10 Home versions. Reviews have been mixed, with some praising its look and feel, but some considering its capabilities not up to scratch. Its Intel Atom processor doesn’t provide enough power for a workhorse device, they have argued. The Android version costs US$500 and the Windows version goes for $550. The Atom processor “was a cost-saving measure, because Lenovo hasn’t yet shown that its customers will shell out top dollar for a device with a sixth- or seventh-generation Intel processor,” said Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

The Book’s 8500 math li-ion polymer battery is rated to provide more than 70 days of standby time and 13 hours of general use. It has a 10.1-inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1200 capacitive touchscreen with a 70 percent color gamut and brightness rated at 400 nits. The Windows version runs Any Pen technology, and the Android version runs EMR Pen. The Book has a metal housing. The Windows version is available in carbon black only; the Android device is available in carbon black, gunmetal gray and champagne gold.

The Book has an 8-MP autofocus rear camera and a 2-MP fixed-focus front camera with standard sensors. The Windows device comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Mobile: Excel, Powerpoint, Word and OneNote, as well as a trial version of Evernote ArtRage Lite. The Android version comes with Lenovo’s Note Saver, Collection, SHAREit and SYNCit, as well as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, McAfee Security, Evernote ArtRage and TouchPal IME. The Real Pen, which is compatible with both OSes, costs $40.

The Yoga Book “feels more like a mobile device than a heavy-duty computing machine,” wrote Lauren Goode for The Verge. The Android version makes more sense, but Lenovo is not using the latest version of Android and has put its own skin on top of Marshmallow instead, she noted. The Windows 10 version “takes several seconds to boot up and apps stuttered or froze up entirely on it more than once” while Goode was testing it.