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Lenovo Stresses Flexible Use Modes in Latest Laptops

A crop of new PCs and peripherals introduced at this year’s CES conference today include a new ThinkBook model (pictured) equipped with a rotating hinge that lets users switch between a 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen and a 12-inch e-Ink display. By Rich Freeman

Lenovo has introduced a trio of new laptops and tablets built to support a flexible range of use modes.

The hardware maker showcased those systems along with a wide range of other PCs and peripherals today at the 2023 CES conference in Las Vegas.

 ThinkBook Pro Twist e-Ink display

The ThinkBook Plus Twist, the latest addition to Lenovo’s notebook line for SMBs, features a rotating hinge that lets users choose between two displays: a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED touchscreen and a 12-inch e-Ink screen (pictured) that also serves as a top cover.

ThinkBooks dating back to 2020 also included an e-Ink display, but users could only access it in tablet mode with the lid closed or the keyboard pointed away from them. Spinning the e-Ink display on the new system around to face the keyboard adds the option to operate the panel in what Lenovo calls “typewriter” laptop mode as well. 

In addition, unlike earlier editions of ThinkBook e-Ink displays, the new one is in color rather than back and white. 

The OLED display offers an FHD webcam plus dual microphones with built-in noise cancellation. Both panels support a full-size digital pen with up to 18 months of battery life.

ThinkBook Plus Twist models are expected to reach market in June at prices starting at $1,649.

The even more versatile Yoga Book 9i is a clamshell laptop composed of two hinged 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED touch displays that let users work on two separate files or one continuous image in conventional laptop mode, tablet mode, or tent mode. According to Lenovo, the device is the world’s first full-size dual screen OLED laptop. 

YogaBook 91

Though either display can be turned into an onscreen digital keyboard, the system also comes with a detachable Bluetooth physical keyboard (pictured top) as well as a detachable folio stand (pictured bottom) that lets users stack the two displays vertically on top of one another or prop them up side by side. The stand also folds flat and attaches magnetically to the back of the device for easy transportation.

The Yoga Book 9i is scheduled to ship in June with prices starting at $2,099.99.

Lenovo Tab Extreme

The new 14.5-inch Lenovo Tab Extreme is also designed to support a variety of operating modes. Users can hold the device as they would any tablet or attach a magnetic stand (pictured middle and right) to position the unit vertically or horizontally. A dual-hinge keyboard (pictured left), sold separately in selected markets, turns the product into a productivity device for mobile users as well.

The system’s 3K OLED display offers DCI-P3 color at up to a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1M:1 contrast ratio. Its eight Dolby Atmos-equipped JBL 4-channel speakers are evenly split between woofers and tweeters.

The device runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 octa-core processor and, according to Lenovo, provides up to 12 hours of battery life. It will ship at an undisclosed time later this year for $1,199.99 and up.

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