Remember netbooks? Remember the smaller Sony Vaio PCs? Well, those are now channeled by the latest Lenovo release, the One Mix 2 Yoga. It’s a 7 incher, that manages to be a convertible and also provide some productivity features. Let’s check it out.
One Mix 2 Yoga feels like a rival for the GPD gaming PCs, that came with Windows 10 or Android, sometimes also gaming buttons. That was a crowfunded project, but One Mix 2 Yoga seems like a smaller outfit, but with great ambition. Their product looks like a GPD Pocket clone, but it has the appeal of a rotating Lenovo-style screen, that bends backwards.
It makes the laptop a tablet, a convertible basically. There’s also a pressure sensitive stylus to work with. One Mix Yoga was actually available for a while, but it didn’t have impressive specs. The One Mix 2 Yoga solves problems with hardcore feats, like 8 GB of RAM, an Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, 256 GB of SSD storage (PCIe). There’s also a 7 inch Full HD touchscreen to work with.
GeekBuying is offering a preorder sale for the basic configuration, at $650. It runs on Windows 10, sounds pretty pocketable to me and also has a fingerprint scanner. A 6500 mAh battery is also in the mix, plus dual band WiFi and a full metal shell that has metal art CNC engraving.
The freshest rumor about foldables comes today and has to do with a project jointly developed by Lenovo and LG Display. It involves a 13 inch foldable tablet, that goes way beyond the usual diagonal sizes we’ve heard of.
Usually we hear about a 7 inch or 8 inch device that folds into a smaller 4.5 inch x 2 screens format. Lenovo has been experiment a lot lately and I’ve seen them with a flexible bracelet that became a phone two years ago. They also became the market leader in the PC business in front of HP in Q3 2018, so they have money to burn. The latest reports show that they’re working with LG on a tablet that will have a 13 inch foldable screen.
It’s actually LG Display supplying the needed panel. It seems that the South Koreans signed an NDA with Lenovo, so you won’t find anything new for while. The project is already en route and if it goes well, we may see a CES showcasing. However, it’s more like CES 2020 than 2019, since the panels will be supplied in the second half of 2019. It’s going to be OLED in nature and fold in half.
Even though Lenovo hasn’t appeared as often in foldable phone news as Huawei, Samsung or Microsoft, they’ve been working hard on this project. Their formats are different and while Microsoft is working on an “open book” format, Samsung has a vertical clamshell of sorts prepared. And then there’s also ZTE Axon M…
Lenovo launched a new detachable tablet today, the IdeaPad D330 model with a 10 inch screen and a $400 price tag. This device debuted in China for starters and it may reach other regions soon. It’s got a 10.1 inch screen and a low power Intel Gemini Lake CPU.
It offers a detachable keyboard and a pretty generous touchpad from what I can see. Lenovo IdeaPad D330 offers a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and its keyboard offers 1.3 mm of travel, plus the touchpad is a high precision one. There’s also a locking mechanism here and a hinge that lets you use the computer like a notebook. One can also flip the screen around, so it will face away from the keyboard.
On the connectivity front, there’s an USB Type-C 3.1 port, plus a headset jack and a microSDXC card reader. Two USB 2.0 Type-A ports are on offer in the keyboard part of the device. Configs include up to an Intel Pentium N5000 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The higher end unit is priced at $580 though.
The entry level model is priced at $400 and offers a Celeron N4000 CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. No idea if this device will ever make it out of China. Yes, I know it’s pricier than Chromebooks and probably not as appealing, but Lenovo is working on so many levels that it affords a less appealing device.
Among the new hardware launched this week at IFA in Berlin are a couple of premium Chromebooks. Lenovo’s $600 Yoga Chromebook brings high-end styling and materials to the Chromebook space, along with well-specced internals and a high quality screen. Dell’s $600 Inspiron Chromebook 14 has slightly lower specs but is similarly offering better styling, bigger, better quality screens, and superior specs to the Chromebook space.
These systems join a few other premium Chromebooks already out there. HP’s Chromebook x2 is a $600 convertible hybrid launched a few months ago, and Samsung has had its Chromebook Plus and Pro systems for more than a year now. And of course, Google’s Pixelbook is an astronomically expensive Chrome OS machine.
It’s already a tradition that Lenovo launches a dozen devices at IFA 2018. Somehow they chose to launch some of them ahead of IFA, half a dozen actually. They had the E7, E8 and E10 models, but now there’s also other newcomers: Lenovo Tab P10 and Tab M10.
Specs are pretty similar, but both devices are midrangers. Both have 10.1 inch screens with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and both models rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 CPU, clocked at 1.8 GHz. That’s where similarities seem to end. Lenovo Tab M10 has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB, plus microSD, while the P10 ups the ante to 4 GB of RM and 64 GB of storage.
On the camera front there’s also some changes. The M10 uses a 5 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front cam, while the P10 opts for an 8 MP shooter and a front 5 MP cam. These models share the Dolby Atmos technology, so acoustics are top notch. Actually I’ve been noticing that the latest Lenovo phones also have Dolby, so the company is going all out on high end acoustics.
M10 packs a 4850 mAh battery, while the P10, even though it has the same screen it grows to 7000 mAh. No pricing or availability yet, but I’m sure they’ll come at IFA 2018. I should also mention that the P10 has 4 loudspeakers and its big battery is supposed to offer up to 15 hours of video playback. The P10 also comes with a fingerprint scanner, plus multi users support.