For mobile users, Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a powerful tablet that can replace your laptop with its bundled detachable keyboard folio cover and active stylus. With its familiar convertible form factor, the Miix 720 joins a growing list of competitors that aim to ape and outshine the category defining Microsoft Surface Pro. And the Miix does just that—balancing performance, futureproof port selection and upgradeability, making this the ultimate “pro” level tablet.
You know when you see a video for a soon-to-be-released piece of tech and you start to make all sorts of noise because you really must have it? That’s me. When I saw the above video for the Lenovo Yoga Book, there were noises. Not only is the Yoga Book aesthetically pleasing, but the things I could do. The thing that excited me the most was the Halo keyboard that doubles as a writing area. You can put paper on it and it will transfer what you’re writing on the paper to OneNote, Word, Outlook, and other W
When Lenovo first announced its fancy new 2-in-1 Yoga Book at IFA in September 2016, I got a little caught up in the mad rush of excitement. “Hybrid of the future” claims were bandied about the office, and I was in full agreement. After all, this is a device that looks truly different to everything else. Now that it’s here in my hands, I’m pleased to say Lenovo has created a unique hybrid worthy of the hype.
For starters, there’s no physical keyboard. Instead, there’s a virtual one with illuminated, futuristic-looking keys that appear as though they’ve been pulled straight from an episode of Black Mirror. They vibrate when you tap them, giving a reassuring sense of haptic feedback as you type.
Could the Miix 720 dominate the world of detachables?
Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year’s CES, and those who want to stay productive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 – a compelling Surface Pro rival – along with new ThinkPad X1 models.
Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a 2-in-1 detachable featuring a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 (3:2 ratio, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4), so it certainly won’t be lacking on the sharpness front.
The device is driven by a Kaby Lake processor (up to Core i7) and has integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620), and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM, and up to 1TB of storage in the form of a PCIe SSD.
On the face of it, the Yoga Book is very similar to Microsoft’s Surface-range of productivity tablets. Similar to Apple’s iPad Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S. Similar to Huawei’s MateBook and Asus’ Transformer 3 Pro. No matter how big the list, however, the Surface will invariably lead the way. It is after-all a category defining product. It is after-all the Optimus Prime of convertibles. Lenovo couldn’t agree more. The Yoga Book may work on a similar concept, but its ambitions lie elsewhere. Unlike the iPad Pro, the Galaxy TabPro S, the MateBook and the Transformer 3 Pro, the Yoga Book isn’t looking to kill the Surface. Heck, it isn’t looking to kill anybody. It’s looking to create a new category altogether.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers something different: upgradability. This is achieved through a series of plugin modules that add features as and when you need them.
Lenovo could send only one of these to test – the Productivity Module. Its key skill is to boost the X1 Tablet’s ten-hour battery life, but it also has a series of extra ports: one USB 3, Lenovo’s proprietary OneLink+ connector and a full-sized HDMI video output, to complement the USB 3, mini-DisplayPort and USB Type-C ports around the edges of the tablet itself.
In tandem with the keyboard – which connects in a similar fashion to the detachable keyboard found on Microsoft’s Surface products – this turns the ThinkPad X1 Tablet into a portable workhorse. With the Productivity Module clipped to the bottom and the keyboard attached to its front, the tablet is heavier and thicker than the Surface Pro 4 by quite a large margin, but its stamina is more fitting for a device designed for office use.
In typical ThinkPad fashion, the quality of the keyboard is excellent. The keys have a soft, cushioned action that gives it a great touch-typing feel and there’s loads of travel (1.35mm per keystroke to be precise). There’s also plenty of space between each key, so typos are kept to a minimum, and the touchpad is good, with a smooth top and a responsive action. It’s light and slim, too. Adding the keyboard increases the weight from 725g to 1.1kg, while it measures 14.2mm thick with the keyboard and 8.6mm without. And I do like the inclusion of a fingerprint reader. Embedded in the front-right bezel, next to the screen, this can be used to unlock the tablet in a trice – a quick dab of your thumb is all that’s required – without having to type a password.
It’s a new Lenovo Yoga Tab! Specifically, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus, successor to the precisely one-year-old Yoga Tab 3 Pro, is (still) a 10-inch Android tablet, but unlike the Pro, which had high-end specs and features, the Tab 3 Plus offers a compelling price-to-performance ratio.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 PlusLenovo Yoga Tab 3 PlusThe Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 with four Cortex-A52 cores, running a 1.8 GHz clock and four Crotex-A53 cores, running a 1.4 GHz clock (the Pro had an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor). It is equipped with an Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory storage (which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 128GB), and a USB Type-C connector.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus has a WXQGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) resolution, and sports the familiar bottom cylinder, which houses a massive 9300mAh battery and enables a kickstand. Lenovo reps claim the battery provides 18 hours of juice, even watching movies in full resolution.