Lenovo’s new Windows laptop is not just a laptop. It is also a powerful Android tablet
Windows-based convertible laptops boast a touch screen, but users are used to missing out on that option. The reason is simple: Windows is not an operating system designed strictly for tablets, so Lenovo has created a new convertible laptop that tries to solve that problem.
The new Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is an amazing convertible laptop that has a removable, fold-out screen. That the screen can be used independently is no surprise. The surprise is that when we use it like this, we can take advantage of it not only with Windows, but also with Android.
Presented at CES 2024, this equipment is a unique bet. The bottom part of the laptop contains traditional components in a laptop such as an Intel processor, but on the screen we basically have another computer with a Qualcomm chip and a set of duplicate components that mean that in reality we do not have one computer, but two.
In fact, it is possible to use both devices at the same time. The 14-inch 2.8K resolution screen behaves like an Android tablet when disconnected from the keyboard, but we can connect the base with the keyboard to a monitor and use Windows. At Lenovo they call the tablet “Hybrid Tab” and the base “Hybrid Station.”
At the base of the laptop, based on Windows 11, we find an Intel Core Ultra 7 CPU, 32 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and a 75 Whr battery. On the screen, based on Android 13, we have a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD and a 38 Whr battery.
On the tablet we also have four 1 W speakers, and the base has two 2 W speakers. The base of the laptop also has a fingerprint reader that the tablet does not have, but the latter has an infrared camera for facial recognition that the laptop does not have. has. On the tablet we have a webcam with an unspecified resolution, while on the back we have two cameras of 13 and 5 Mpixels.
There are also two USB-C ports (TB4) on the laptop base plus a headphone jack, while the tablet has a single USB-C port. The device has a weight of 1,755 kg, with the thickness of the base being 9.4 mm and that of the tablet (which weighs 785 g) being 6.6 mm.
The idea is strange, especially since Windows is capable of running Android applications directly . Lenovo indicates that the portable base with its Windows system has a function called “Hybrid Stream” that allows streaming Android apps from the tablet through a window that works with the PiP (Picture-in-Picture) system on the screen of the equipment.
And conversely, it is possible to use the keyboard and mouse on the base to control the part of the Android tablet in a curious combination. There are no specific details on how we switch from one operating system to the other, and although the stylus is supported on the Android tablet, it is not clear if it can also be used on Windows.
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid will be priced at $2,000 , and will be available in the second quarter of the year.