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The new Yoga A12 tablet has an on-demand keyboard

Android wants to be your new productivity OS

Last year, Lenovo released its ultra-thin, dual-screen tablet Yoga Book which was available with Windows or Android and allowed you to take notes or draw with a real-ink stylus. This year, it’s dispensed with the pen yet retained the slim styling in the expectation its new lightweight Yoga A12 is going to fly off the shelves.

Although this fresh, lower-cost model has a larger, 12.2-inch HD screen, it opens to just 5.4mm at its slimmest edge and weighs in at less than a kilogram. It uses a modified version of Android that allows you to multitask over three columns while flipping between a laptop and tablet with the utmost ease, thanks to its 360-degree hinge.

But it’s the entirely flat, touch-screen Halo keyboard which will amaze you the most. Activated when needed, it’s the same as that of the Yoga Book yet it is fully finger-driven. The unraised keys give haptic feedback as you bash away, while built-in predictive and AI software figures out your typing habits so that your wordsmith sessions become that much faster.

In many ways, it shows how the productivity landscape is changing: you don’t necessarily need Windows or macOS to make light work of those tasks these days. Even better, while Yoga A12 is more akin to a Chromebook than a powerhouse laptop, at $299 (around £240), it proves tech innovation doesn’t always have to cost the earth.

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