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  • 15/01/2023

Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Could Be the Most Practical Dual-Screen Laptop Yet

Unveiled Wednesday at CES 2022, Lenovo's latest business laptop updates include a gaggle of redesigns of the ThinkBook and venerable ThinkPad X series. But one product stands out in particular as a quirky but potentially very useful design: the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, a completely overhauled 17-inch laptop that now comes with an additional 8-inch screen built right into its chassis.

Each new ThinkBook and ThinkPad marks a significant step forward in tech and features, but the standout is the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, which Lenovo is touting as the industry’s first 17-inch laptop with a built-in 8-inch, full-color, secondary LCD display located to the right of the keyboard.

Debuting in May for $1,399 and up, the revolutionary notebook's main display has an astonishingly wide 21:10 aspect ratio. The primary display runs at 120Hz and a resolution of 3,072 by 1,440 pixels, while the touch-enabled secondary screen displays at 800 by 1,200 pixels.

Both of the screens are meant to work in tandem with one another. Use the smaller panel to display application tools, mirror your smartphone, and quickly launch frequently used applications. Lenovo hopes that the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will boil the modern convenience of a larger twin-screen desktop workstation into a compact, portable package.

Inside, the new ThinkBook is equipped with the latest 12th Generation Intel Core H-series processor, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and 2TB of storage.

Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Could Be the Most Practical Dual-Screen Laptop Yet

Not to be outdone, the rest of the ThinkBook line will receive a refresh that includes Windows 11 and 12th Generation Intel processors. The updated ThinkBook 13x Gen 2, launching in April for $1,099, will offer an optional ThinkBook Wireless Multi-Device Charging Mat to allow for quick battery top-ups.

Meanwhile, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 4 and new ThinkBook 16 Gen 4 will sport thinner designs, larger glass touchpads, and a 16:10 display ratio when they launch in April, for $839 and $859 respectively.

ThinkBook 14 Gen 4

ThinkPad X1 Series Gets Clearer Camera, Quad Mics

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 line will also receive a significant refresh. The latest X1 Carbon 10th Gen, X1 Yoga 7th Gen, and X1 Nano 2nd Gen will include a bevy of business-friendly improvements. They include a newly designed communications bar at the top of the screen that houses an improved camera and 360-degree, far-field, quad-array microphones.

Underneath the hood are 12th Generation Intel vPro processors, DDR5 memory, and OLED screen options for both the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga.

The new X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga will be available starting in March at $1,639 and up, while the X1 Nano Gen 2 will be available in April for a $1,659 starting price.

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