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.
Lenovo has used IFA 2016 to deliver a stunning new Yoga two in one notebook that makes Microsoft’s Surface and Surface book and Apple’s iPad Pro look like yesterday’s technology.The new 10.1-inch Yoga offering has three standout features, a touchscreen keyboard cover, that doubles as a drawing pad that can be laid flush against its screen, an add-on paper-like Create Pad to transfer written notes into the Yoga Book, and a Real Pen used to draw and write on both the cover screen and the Create Pad.
Lenovo’s hoopla at IFA may be focusing on its creative-minded Yoga Book, but there are two new bread-and-butter tablets that are worth your attention, too. The 12.2-inch Miix 510 is a Surface Pro-alike for people who want a reasonably speedy 2-in-1 Windows tablet, but aren’t willing to pay a premium. It sports a lower-resolution display than the Miix 700 (1,920 x 1,200) and is both heavier (1.9 pounds without the keyboard attached) and thicker (0.39 inches), but it promises to be more powerful. You can have
Taking a stab at the Surface Pro 4, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet looked to be a top contender when we first got some hands-on time with it at CES at the beginning of the year. Fast forward to the summer, the number of 2-in-1 devices gunning for Microsoft’s crown has grown exponentially, with some, like the HP Elite X2, hitting pretty close to the mark.
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Yoggie Security Systems™ announced a business agreement with Lenovo, one of the world’s largest personal computer manufacturers, to develop a unique laptop accessory that provides constant and secure email access, even if the laptop is switched off. The new device combines Lenovo ConstantConnect and Protect 2.0 to allow users to send and receive emails immediately after turning on their laptop. Moreover, they can do so with the additional assurance of unrivalled Internet security.
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