With the introduction of Android apps into the ecosystem, Chrome OS is now fast becoming the preferred choice for many. Looking at this rise in interest, Lenovo has also announced that it will launch its Yoga Book 2-in-1 with Chrome OS next year.
Lenovo's Vice President and General Manager of the Android and Chrome Computing Business Group, Jeff Meredith, confirmed this news to Laptop Mag. The Chinese PC giant has been selling the Yoga Book in two options already - Windows 10 or Android pre-installed. Now, a third Lenovo Yoga Book running on Chrome OS option will also be made available starting 2017.
"We've had a lot of interest. It's an interesting idea for education, especially with the form factor. Over time, we probably see the Android and Chrome versions melding together, especially based on the fact that we've now seen Chrome roll out the Google Play store capability into Chrome. We'll probably maintain the three distinctive products throughout this year at least," Meredith said speaking of the Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book. There is no tangible time frame announced for the release of this new variant, but it is confirmed that Lenovo is working on it.
Meredith has also confirmed that all the features, including the Real Pen, will work the same way as on Android. Lenovo launched the Yoga Book 2-in-1 at IFA this year, and made it available in India last week. The laptop claimed to be the "world's thinnest 2-in-1" is priced at Rs. 49,990, and is exclusively available on Flipkart. In India, only the Windows variant has been launched, and the Android variant hasn't arrived yet.
Key highlights of the Lenovo Yoga Book hybrid laptop include a first-of-its-kind Halo keyboard and Real Pen input. It features a 10.1-inch full-HD (1200x1920 pixels) IPS display at 400 nits brightness, powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Lenovo Yoga Book hybrid packs 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).