Dual-screen devices are likely the next big thing in tech, and while Microsoft keeps pushing back its own project called Andromeda, others are a lot more committed to bringing such products to the market.
One of these companies is Lenovo, who has recently unveiled the new-generation Yoga Book C930 at the IFA show in Berlin. The new Yoga Book uses a dual-screen form factor that expands its capabilities beyond the typical laptop approach, enhancing drawing, writing, and reading in a truly innovative way.
The new-generation model uses a 10.8-inch display connected to a secondary E-Ink screen with the same dimensions. The LCD display uses a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, but the E-Ink sibling is the one getting all the attention.
Not only that it can double as a keyboard with haptic feedback to make the whole experience as natural as possible, but it can also convert to a drawing board when a pen is being used. You can write and draw on the screen just like on a typical tablet, and the device comes with a Bluetooth-powered Wacom pen, which attaches to the device magnetically.
Knock to Open
At the same time, the E-Ink screen can display PDF documents and e-books, so it can also be used for reading. Given its technical specifications, the impact on battery life is minimal.
The laptop tips the scales at 1.7 pounds (770 grams) and runs on up to Intel Core i5 processor paired with 4GB RAM. It can be ordered with up to 256GB SSD storage. LTE support is also offered.
The laptop, which can convert to a tablet when needed, comes with a new feature called Knock to Open, which automatically opens the lid by simply knocking the case. This is without a doubt a neat touch, though I think it’s not such a truly breaking upgrade in terms of usability.
Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 will go on sale next month in EMEA and in other markets across the world by the end of the year, with pricing to begin at $999.
Some of the details highlighted here sure sound familiar, as they’ve been rumored to be part of the feature arsenal boasted by Microsoft’s own dual-screen device called Andromeda.
With a form factor that adapts to users’ needs, Andromeda was supposed to play the role of a laptop, a tablet, and switch to tent mode in a second, all while offering super-advanced pen support.
However, Andromeda has been delayed to 2019, and there’s a chance the company cancels the project entirely in the meantime.