March 5, 2024

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Lenovo is showing off the ThinkBook laptop that's also an Android tablet

Lenovo is showing off the ThinkBook laptop that's also an Android tablet

Lenovo is taking the concept of hybridity seriously with the launch of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid. This device acts like a Windows laptop until you separate the screen from the keyboard, and then you pick up an Android tablet.

Lenovo will launch the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid at CES 2024. This device is both an Android tablet and a Windows laptop. The solution consists of two components:

  • ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 hybrid station
  • ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid Tab

The hybrid station contains the bottom of the laptop with the keyboard, plus the hardware and Windows 11. Essentially, this thing is a desktop computer disguised as a laptop keyboard. And you can also connect a classic external monitor via USB Type C, even without a laptop monitor.

After all, the laptop/tablet screen portion is removable and has its own CPU and on-board storage space. This thing can double as an Android tablet, even without a base station nearby. In laptop mode, you can choose to work in an Android or Windows 11 environment. The keyboard and touchpad work on both operating systems. Without the base station, you can of course only access the Android environment.

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For Windows, Lenovo integrates the latest generation Intel Core Ultra 7 processors. This is helped by 32GB of RAM. There's also a 1TB PCIe SSD underneath the keyboard. The tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM. The OLED screen of the tablet is 14 inches and has a resolution of 2.8K. Both parts of the hybrid laptop have an on-board battery.

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With this hybrid device, Lenovo believes you don't even have to choose between Windows 11 and Android. via Hybrid streamThe function allows you to use Android applications in a window in a Windows environment. Functionally, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid feels like a very flexible and portable device. However, the weight is not small: the base station weighs 970 grams and the tablet 785 grams. This means that you still carry 1.75 kg in your backpack, even though you actually have two devices with you. This original laptop won't hit shelves until September of this year, for an unprecedented recommended retail price.