With the increasing popularity of netbooks (with oh so ubiquitous specs), standing out is becoming more and more important. Sony hit us with the Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC in January and while it was “not a netbook” the ultra portable was definitely an eye opener in terms of design.
Today Lenovo revealed some sleek looking competition for Sony’s Lifestyle PC in the form of the Lenovo Pocket Yoga. While the first picture (sent to Engadget China) wasn’t an official photograph, Johnson Li, the director of Lenovo's Beijing Innovation Center says the device is a two-year-old laptop design concept that features a leather exterior and detachable keyboard.
“Last week some buzz was created by a photograph that someone snuck out of our Beijing design studio,” writes Li in a blog post. “The picture was of a pocket-sized PC we developed about two years ago, well before the current netbook craze and the introduction of a similar form factor by one of our competitors,” he explains adding that since we’re all talking about it, he might as well dish some details on the design itself and share some photos.
The full Yoga concept was a folding notebook with a detachable keyboard. The system unit was covered in leather.
Pocket Yoga is shaped just like a large wallet, that fits easily into your pocket. Covered in leather and topped off with a “belt” around the middle, the surface is meant to be “warm and considerate” rather than cold, plastic or metal. Li details that the “pocket Yoga” inherits the 360-degree soft hinge design from the company’s Yoga notebook. Its hinge supports three modes, locking into each position. The thing that impressed us most was not the touch screen or the hinge but that fact that that decorative belt we mentioned earlier becomes a pretty nifty mouse.
While there’s no word as to whether or not we’ll ever see this device on shelves, this is a really great concept and they sold us when they broke out that mouse. That said, it all comes down to price. We think this could smash the Lifestyle to pieces if it were even a hundred dollars cheaper (the Lifestyle PC is roughly $900). What about you guys, are you into it?