CES 2024 in Las Vegas witnessed the debut of Lenovo’s innovative ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 hybrid, a unique fusion of two distinct devices. Unlike the conventional 2-in-1 laptops that seamlessly transform between a notebook and tablet, Lenovo takes a bold approach, merging a standard clamshell laptop with a detachable display to create an intriguing hybrid device.
Two Devices in One: A Closer Look
Traditionally, 2-in-1 laptops, like Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 2-in-1, transition between a clamshell and tablet mode. However, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 stands out by allowing users to detach the display, instantly converting it into a standalone Android tablet. Notably, when connected to an external monitor, users can operate two completely independent devices with distinct operating systems, creating an unparalleled dual-device experience.
Enhanced Synergy with Innovative Apps
To enhance the synergy between the laptop and tablet functionalities, Lenovo introduced useful apps and software. The Hybrid Folder facilitates seamless file transfer between the Android tablet and Windows laptop, ensuring quick and wireless data exchange. Acting as a separate drive in Windows, the Hybrid Folder simplifies file management.
Versatility in Usage: More Than Just a Laptop
Setting it apart from conventional laptops, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 offers versatile usage scenarios. When configured as a traditional laptop, the Android tablet can serve as a standalone wireless display or transform into a drawing tablet using Lenovo’s Freestyle app. While the live demo faced challenges, the potential for creative applications was evident.
Specifications and Performance
Despite the unconventional design, both the laptop and tablet components boast solid specifications. The laptop variant features an Intel Core Ultra i7 processor, integrated Intel Arc GPU, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB storage, and a robust 75Wh battery with a 100W power adapter. However, it’s worth noting that the design limits the number of ports, offering only two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
On the tablet side, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, it proves sufficient for everyday tasks. The 14-inch 2.8K OLED display with a 100% DCI P3 color gamut ensures a vibrant visual experience.
Drawbacks and Considerations
While the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 impresses with its dual-device functionality, some drawbacks should be considered. The shallow travel depth of the keys may affect typing comfort. Additionally, the limited number of ports, with only two Thunderbolt 4 ports, might pose connectivity challenges for users with multiple peripherals.
Introducing the ThinkBook 13x Gen 4
Lenovo also unveiled the ThinkBook 13x Gen 4, an ultra-portable device with a 13-inch display. Notable features include the magic Bay for attaching accessories magnetically, providing additional functionality. Alternate versions, such as the Seashell variant with a stainless magnesium alloy chassis, showcase Lenovo’s commitment to offering diverse options to users.
Innovative Concepts: ThinkBook 13x Gen 4 S Models
The S concept versions of the ThinkBook 13x Gen 4 showcase Lenovo’s E Ink Prism Tech on the laptop lid, offering infinite color customization options. This technology allows users to personalize and customize their laptops with ease, promising minimal impact on battery life.
Availability and Pricing
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is expected to hit the market in Q2 with a price tag around $2,000, offering users a unique dual-device experience. On the other hand, the ThinkBook 13x Gen 4 is slated for release in Q1 or early Q2, with an estimated price of $1,400.
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