The Yoga Book is one of the most exciting products of 2016, with a form factor never seen before in a mass-market consumer device. You can type on it, write on it, and copy your physical notes into digital form. As a concept, it was a regular note-taker’s dream and something that looked perfect for students.
The Yoga Book looks to combine productivity and entertainment. It is a fusion of a laptop and a tablet than runs on Android, and contains notepad and pen stylus. The built-in touchpad keyboard and the stylus are there for note taking. Yoga Book has easy foldability, which provides the handiness of a basic tablet.
Yoga Book includes set of components for a budget laptop, with an Intel Atom x5 processor, 64GB of solid-state storage and 4GB of RAM. Versions have the same internal components, Android model has a few keyboard/touchpad changes, some Android-centric software tweaks, and comes with a grey lid, and Windows version has the black lid.
The most prominent feature of this slim 10.1-inch hybrid is its keyboard. Instead, a completely flat, button-free surface alternates between a drawing tablet and a touch-powered backlit keyboard. It is a bit like an iPad’s on-screen keyboard, except that it does not actually take over part of the screen.
The manufacturer presents “the world’s thinnest 2-in-1” because, when closed, it measures 9.6 mm at its thickest point and 4.05 mm at its thinnest. The hinge connects the halves and each half of the device can fold flat against the other in either direction.
Turn off the Halo keyboard to use the screen area with the stylus. The Real Pen contains actual ink and therefore, can be used to write on paper. Place a piece of paper over the screen, and whatever you draw or write will be translated 1:1 onto the tablet. You can use any kind of paper up to one centimeter thick, not just the kind that comes on the special magnetic pad in the box.
The halo keyboard is a full, illumined touch-screen keyboard. The touch screen is made of rough, matte glass. When necessary, the white outlines of the virtual buttons displayed.
The tablet has an interesting balance between productivity and entertainment. You can watch videos from Netflix and YouTube, and then switch gears to taking notes easily due to the great Halo keyboard and the Real Pen. Although the tablet is insufficient as a laptop replacement, it could provide a vital injection of energy into the tablet market. The performance offered is supreme.