It’s clear companies are trying to figure out this two-display laptop thing. The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo and Microsoft Surface Neo boast two displays, but the former looks uncomfortable and the latter isn’t out yet. Enter the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus, which has one normal display and a second e-ink panel on the cover.
It’s certainly an innovative design, one allowing you to use the ThinkBook Plus without opening the machine. For example, the 10.8-inch e-ink display can show calendar appointments, messages, and emails. Also, you can jot down notes and annotate documents on the display with the bundled Precision Pen. The inclusion of a stylus is nice to see since others like Microsoft charge you extra for their styluses.
This isn’t the first time Lenovo’s dabbled with e-ink displays on its devices—the Yoga Book and Yoga Book C930 come to mind. The two devices used the e-ink displays as note-taking areas, but they also functioned as their keyboards. The good news is the ThinkBook Plus retains a physical keyboard, though it doesn’t have Lenovo’s famed ThinkPoint nub.
The rest of the ThinkBook Plus is likely more standard, though most of its specs remain a mystery. We do know the laptop comes with a standard 13.3-inch 1080p display and support for Dolby Vision, but everything else is unknown. We’ll hopefully learn more about the laptop as we get closer to its release.
Speaking of release, the ThinkBook Plus will be available starting March 2020 and start at $1,199 in the U.S. Lenovo didn’t mention availability and pricing for other regions.