Intriguing Lenovo ThinkBook Plus leak reveals 17-inch display, wide touchpad, and second screen with stylus, but no e-ink screen indicated
Recently, we had reviewed the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen2, which sports a regular 13.3-inch touchscreen on the inside and an e-ink display on the lid. Now, it looks like there's an upcoming successor to the ThinkBook Plus but this time with a radically new design.
Known leaker @evleaks had tweeted a picture of an upcoming Lenovo ThinkBook Plus with a 17-inch widescreen display. The interesting change this time is that Lenovo is including a touchscreen display right next to the keyboard for drawing or taking notes. Unlike the e-ink display in the current ThinkBook Plus Gen2, the new iteration will feature a color touchscreen and will be accessible without the user having to flip the laptop.
We also see a wider touchpad compared to what the ThinkBook Plus Gen2 had, though the height seems relatively smaller. That being said, it is somewhat difficult to fully ascertain the touchpad dimensions from just one image alone.
Apart from this picture, no other details are currently available so the exact specifications are anybody's guess at this point. It is not fully clear whether Lenovo would introduce this as a new product line or supplant the existing ThinkBook Plus design.
We also do not know when the new ThinkBook Plus will see the light of the day. A CES 2022 launch period is a reasonable expectation, but Lenovo might very well throw in a surprise for Holiday 2021.
Dual-screen laptops aren't exactly new. OEMs such as Asus have been offering the ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo laptops with two touchscreens for quite some time now. While a tablet-esque color touchscreen with stylus support that is embedded within the keyboard deck is an interesting concept, e-ink screens do have a considerable advantage in terms of battery life.
Also, going by the leaked picture, it looks like left handers may have to put in some effort to adapt to the new design since the second display is towards the right side of the keyboard. Hopefully, Lenovo will be offering some good internals to adequately power the new form and function.
Have you guys seen this yet? 17-inch ThinkBook Plus from Lenovo... pic.twitter.com/OElc5ZM3pb— Ev (@evleaks) October 31, 2021