CES 2023 is buzzing about Lenovo’s new laptop – the YogaBook 9i.
This dual-screen foldable laptop comes with a high-quality 2.8K OLED 13.3-inch screen on the top and another 13.3-inch screen on the bottom. Also included in the package are a keyboard, kickstand and stylus. This is the opposite of Microsoft’s range of laptops where you have to buy accessories separately.
One of the coolest things about the shapeshifting laptop is that there are a ton of gestures that you can use to really optimize the two screens for whatever work you’re trying to use it for. You can flick around webpages and apps among the screens or just scroll endlessly in waterfall mode.
Lenovo also has some software tricks to get the most out of the various display modes. For example, when the Yoga Book 9i’s screens are stacked on top of each, you can tap five fingers against the screen to span a single window across both displays in what the company calls waterfall mode. Alternatively, when you want to move windows from one screen to another, you can simply flick your finger to send an app up or down.
In addition to standard handwriting and stylus support, you can use the Yoga Book’s stylus to capture screenshots and then press a button to automatically embed it in a new OneNote file. This makes the process of recording minutes or saving ideas from brainstorming sessions during meetings super simple.
And of course, when space is a concern, you can always use the Yoga Book 9i in clamshell mode, either by using an on-screen virtual keyboard or simply dropping the BT keyboard on top of the lower display. I also really appreciate some of the small add-ons Lenovo included to support various typing layouts. By pushing the keyboard back towards the screen (both the physical or virtual keyboard via an eight-finger swiping motion), you can activate a virtual touchpad (albeit a somewhat small one). Or if you have an external mouse connected, you can pull the keyboard forward to reveal a row of widgets for stuff like weather, news and more.
In terms of core specs, there are gonna be three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB PCle SSD Gen4 SSD storage, WiFi 6E and a 5-megapixel webcam for video conferencing.
It’s running on just regular Windows 11, not any special version built for dual-screen devices. But, Lenovo has built all these shortcuts to make it easier to use the two screens together.
The YogaBook 9i is currently scheduled to start shipping in April and hit the shelves by June 2023. The pricing is expected to start around the $2,000 USD mark.
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