Lenovo beefs up PC offering with 2-in-1 tablet Yoga Book, Yoga 910 convertible laptop

Lenovo has added a number of new devices to its Yoga range, boasting they have been designed to increase user productivity.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Yoga Book (Credit: Lenovo)

Lenovo has bolstered its continued push in the PC market, announcing the release of a new range of Yoga devices including its 2-in-1 tablet Yoga Book, Yoga 910 convertible laptop, and Yoga Tab 3 Plus Android tablet.

The company has touted its Yoga Book as the world's thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet, measuring at 9.6mm closed and weighing in at 690 grams.

It also has a halo keyboard feature that learns and adapts to the typing habits of users, thanks to its built-in prediction and artificial learning software; a real-pen accessory to allow users to write and draw with pen and paper while digitising their notes and sketches; and a 360-degree watchband hinge.

Shipping for the Yoga Book will begin in September with a recommended retail price starting at €499 (AU$738) for the Android version and €599 for the Windows version.

Lenovo has also released the Yoga 910, a 14.33mm-thick convertible laptop that has been beefed up with Intel's 7th Gen Core i7 processor, and a choice of a 4K or full HD screen, as well as the Yoga Tab 3 Plus designed with a 10.1-inch 2K display, Dolby Atmos three dimensional sound from front-facing JBL speakers, and four separate viewing modes. Shipment for the Yoga 910 will begin in October at a recommended retail price of €1499, and shortly after the Yoga Tab 3 Plus will be available starting from €299.

Other additions to the Lenovo range include the Miix 510, a Windows 10 detachable 2-in-1, and the release of the Lenovo app Explorer, a program that makes app recommendations to users for them to install on their PCs.

The announcement comes days after rival Acer unveiled its new convertible Chromebook R 13, a laptop which can also be used as a tablet, as well as a new line of Windows 10 Swift notebooks and Spin convertible laptops with Intel's seventh generation Core processors.

The Chromebook R 13 has been built with a full-HD display at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, and has 4GB RAM.

Acer also unveiled a series of new Windows 10 devices: the 14-inch display Spin 7 notebook, the 13.3-inch display Spin 5, the 15.6-inch display Spin 3, and the Spin 1, targeted at students and available in 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch display variants.

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing earlier this year reassured that the company's position in the PC remained in a good place, despite ongoing declines in shipments and sales in the PC industry.

"We are leveraging the consolidation of the industry because some players are leaving -- we take their share," he told journalists at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016.

Yuanqing said the company will focus on making PCs more productive, having previously said it wants to gain 30 percent market share in PCs.

Similar remarks were made by Lenovo ANZ managing director Matt Codrington, who told ZDNet that while commercial devices are evolving to cater for the mobile workforce, the PC is still a "foundational" tool for the office and business, and that the PC market is still a $230 billion market.

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