For almost a decade, companies have been trying to marry an LCD screen and an E-ink screen into a single mobile device. B&N tried the idea with their first ereader, Microsoft and Intel each demoed concept designs, and a mostly forgotten company called Entourage released not one but two dual-screen digital textbook readers.
Now Lenovo is trying the concept in their next notebook.
The Yoga Book C930 has a pair of 10.8″ screens, and weighs 1.7 pounds. It combines 2560 x 1600 resolution IPS touchscreen display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution E-ink.
It is designed so that you can use that E-ink display for writing, drawing, or typing (due to its faster refresh and color, the IPS screen would probably be better for drawing). There’s also a Wacom active pen with 4096 levels of pressure-sensitive input.
It is a pricy little bugger (around $1,000), and it should be available in October for $1000. It’s is rather under-powered for the price:
- CPU: Intel Core M3-7Y30 or Core i5-7Y74 processor
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: Up to 256GB SSD
- Battery: 35.8 Wh
- Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth, and optional LTE
- Optical fingerprint reader
- Stereo speakers
I for one would pass on this. It costs more than a typical laptop but has a smaller screen and half the RAM of the laptop I’m using right now.
It’s almost as if Lenovo is trying to bring back the era where we were expected to carry around a laptop and a netbook – only now Lenovo wants to charge a premium for the idea. Why would anyone want that?