ed Dot is the prestigious annual design competition which takes place in Essen, Germany: The jury is composed of 41 accomplished professionals, industry experts, who select only the best products from more than 5,000 submissions from 50 countries. And this year, among the Red Dot Product Design Awards 2016, by illustrious consumer electronics: Acer and Lenovo, the latter with 18 awards for design of some of its devices, 8 more than in all ‘ Last year. And among these, surprisingly, there are also two new hybrids.
Acer has been awarded for the new concept dell’Aspire Switch Alpha 12, while Lenovo has been nominated for its Yoga Book. Are both hybrid devices 2-in-1, the first equipped with a keyboard dock while the other able to rotate 360 ° as all Yoga-style devices. The Red Dot 2016 database provides us with an initial description of the two (very interesting in some parts) and some preview image. In short, it is the first time that we talk about these two devices with information “semi-official.”
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 and Lenovo’s Yoga Book
Acer Aspire Switch 12 Alpha S (but the name may change when it will arrive on the market) it is a hybrid detachable thin and light with a keyboard dock and a U-shaped kickstand on the back. The frame should be built in matt anodised aluminum, very elegant and resistant, and integrate a 12-inch display, Intel Skylake processors (Intel Core M and Core i3 / i5 / i7), and Windows 10. The concept is fanless, but it is interesting note the adoption of a system of dissipation “hybrid”, which the company calls “cardiac thermal liquid cooling system.”
Here are below a full description:
“Amazingly slim and slight. With super thin keyboard, the Aspire Alpha 12 S features a thin and light body to create a great mobile experience while on the go. The U frame kick-stand, and small chamfer are nicely-crafted for creating a nimble and elegant image. The top cover is made by aluminum and finished in elegant anodized hairline brush for giving eyes a great concert, and silky tactile feedback. It is graceful, irreplaceable, and unforgettable. The U frame kick-stand has great rigidity to support the machine, though it is thin. with sandblasting and anodized finish, it ?? s not only visually delicate, but Reduces wobble issue from a general touch force two to its sturdy hinge system. The highly adjustable keyboard can be adjusted to various degrees , runs the entire width of the system, and is stiff enough That it will stay where you put it and hardly moves at all. The fanless design with hidden antenna is immersed into the a cover for a fluent visual perception That brings a great visual harmony . Also, the Cardiac thermal liquid cooling system is a no pump liquid cooling system Which presents a remarkable cooling performance under an absolutely quiet status. ”
Lenovo Yoga Book
Turning to the Lenovo Yoga Book, already spotted in recent days to the first certifications, it is an ultra-thin convertible (only 9.6 mm), which rotates 360 ° screen transforming the tablet device, notebook, stand and tent. From the picture, it seems that the zipper is the same adopted in Yoga 900.
That’s what tells us the description of the Red Dot 2016:
“YOGA Book is a creative device That Belongs to YOGA family. It can be used as a tablet and notebook, Which will be adaptable to different scenarios. Thanks to its innovative 3-axis hinge, YOGA Book Allows the user to flip around 360 degrees and features a total thickness of 9.6 mm. It results in a very slim, flexible and portable device That will fit the needs of demanding users. The smart floating keyboard Appears when needed, and disappears When the user wants to write, sketch with the IntelliPen, mixing traditional ink with digital technology. to support heavy journey, long load of work without any plug, the device can stand on its battery for more than 15 hours and be charged in a very short time, Allowing the user to focus on its work and mind not on His remaining time. ”
We already know that the Book of Lenovo Yoga will be equipped with Intel Atom x5-x5-Z8500 or Z8550 processor (Cherry Trail), IPS screen 10.1 “with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, WiFi , Bluetooth and GPS and especially Android 5.1 Lollipop. It should be powered by a battery of two cells from 8500mAh for an autonomy of 15 hours.
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 S will surely protagonist of the usual annual event in April in New York while we have no information about the official launch of Yoga Book