It would appear that the ZenBook Duo machines finally have a rival, as the Lenovo dual screen device ThinkBook Plus goes up for preorder in China. The difference is that instead of getting two 4K displays, we get a combo of an LCD display and an E-Ink one. We have details below.
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus is a dual screen laptop with a 13.3 inch LCD display and also a smaller E Ink screen on the lid. That one is a 10.8 incher. The product was unveiled during CES 2020 and it was seen by many as merely a concept device, that wouldn’t hit the stores. Apparently it’s ready for prime time. Preorders are happening now at $1200 a pop, at least on JD.com. The rotating screen laptop, which is pretty much a convertible with a compact format packs an Intel Core i5-10210U quad core processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
There’s also a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint scanner and plenty of connectivity options: HDMI, USB-C port, two USB-A ports and an audio jack even. The main display is a LCD with up to 300 nits of brightness, but the E Ink screen on the lid is the real selling point. It draws very little power, it’s a high contrast panel that only shows black and white images. It can be decorated with a static image, show the calendar, weather, PDFs and eBooks. You can also take notes on it or draw using an active pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Notes and other documents created using E Ink can be synced with OneNote for viewing on the color screen, or other devices. The pen is able to attach to the laptop magnetically, when not in use. It’s all packed within a 3.1 pound heavy body and it’s bundled with a 65W USB-C power adapter. No US pricing has been unveiled yet.