All posts on August, 2016


Lenovo will ditch hard keyboards in planned Chromebook and 2-in-1s

Lenovo’s new Yoga Book will be a sleek folding laptop with stunning secrets inside.

Opening up the device reveals a big surprise: It has no hard keyboard. The keyboard area instead has a versatile touch panel that turns into a smartphone-like virtual keyboard, a draw pad, or a digital notepad.

The new touch input panel, which has a back-lit virtual keyboard, is a big deal for Lenovo. It will be featured in a new line of 2-and-1s and laptops and is Lenovo’s ambitious attempt to break a decades-old habit of using one-dimensional hard keyboards.

The Yoga Book will be the company’s first product with a touch panel replacing a hard keyboard to type, draw, or take notes. Its price will start at US$499, and come with Windows or Android. Lenovo hasn’t provided a shipment date for the device.

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Lenovo adds Google Daydream products to its roadmap

Lenovo is joining Google’s fledgling effort to bring virtual reality to the masses with new devices planned for the Daydream hardware and software platform.

Google’s Daydream brings virtual reality to users via mobile devices. Users can fit Daydream-compatible Android smartphones in VR headsets to roam 3D worlds, interact with friends and view streaming movies.

“We have some Daydream products on the roadmap,” Jeff Meredith, general manager and vice president of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group, said in an interview.

Meredith didn’t elaborate on details, but the products will likely be a smartphone and a VR headset. Google has strict rules on which smartphones and headsets qualify for Daydream, which is based on Android 7.0.

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