Lenovo Reimagines Laptops at CES With Acrobatic Dual Screens

The ThinkBook Plus Twist could change the future of hybrid work with its OLED and color E Ink display.

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Lenovo Yoga Book 9i dual-screen laptop in portrait position with its included Bluetooth keyboard in front.

The Yoga Book 9i has two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED PureSight displays. 

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Lenovo is always good for some interesting announcements at CES and it did not disappoint this year with not one, but two dual-screen laptops. 

The more consumer-focused model is the Yoga Book 9i, which is essentially two 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED attached at the center with a 360-degree soundbar hinge like those used in its Yoga 9i two-in-one. This allows the screens to be used in a variety of ways such as one big vertical display (pictured above) or horizontally (pictured below) with windows able to move or flow between the two screens. A compact Bluetooth keyboard is included as well as an origami-style folding stand to support the Yoga Book in either position. 

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i dual-screen laptop in landscape position with its included Bluetooth keyboard in front.

Used in landscape mode, the two displays give you a lot of room to work and it's better balanced on the included stand. 

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You won't always have room to use the Yoga Book 9i as dual displays, though. (It would be awkward on my train commute for sure.) To use it as a regular laptop with a single 13.3-inch screen, you can call up a full onscreen haptic keyboard on the bottom display -- the one without the webcam above it -- with a 10-finger gesture as if you're starting to type on a keyboard. 

The bottom display of the dual-screen Lenovo Yoga Book 9i can be used with the included Bluetooth keyboard on top.
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If you're not a fan of touch-typing on screen -- and I'm not -- the included Bluetooth keyboard magnetically attaches to the bottom display and the bottom half turns into a touchpad. You can also slide the keyboard to the bottom half of the screen and continue using the top half as extra display space. 

A look at the rear of the Yoga Book 9i on its folding stand with its included active pen in its holder.

The folding stand doesn't inspire confidence when used in this position, but it does hold the included pen. 

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A Lenovo-designed active pen is included, too, and there's unique software for notetaking so you can take advantage of the two displays. For example, you can watch a video conference on one screen while you take notes on the other. And when you're done working, the stand doubles as a carrying case to hold the pen and keyboard. 

Lenovo Yoga Book 9i dual-screen laptop closed with its keyboard and pen wrapped up for travel in the laptop's folding stand.
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Powered by 13th-gen Intel Core processors, the Yoga Book 9i will start at $2,100 and is expected to be available starting June 2023. Availability for the UK and Australia wasn't announced but the price converts to approximately £1,765 or AU$3,110. 

Watch this: Lenovo Goes All-In on OLED and E Ink Laptops and Tablets at CES

The ThinkBook Plus has been around for a few years now and is a completely different take on a dual-screen laptop. The second-gen model was a traditional laptop with the exception of an E Ink display on its lid. The Gen 3 model switched things up by putting a secondary 8-inch display next to the keyboard. For the new ThinkBook Plus Twist, Lenovo went back to the Gen 2 design but this time used a color E Ink display and put the displays on a rotating hinge. 

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist showing its color E Ink display slightly turned on its rotating hinge.

The color E Ink display on the ThinkBook's lid can be rotated and used as your main display with Windows 11. 

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So the laptop has both a 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED display and a 12-inch E Ink touch display. When you rotate the E Ink screen to be in front of the keyboard, it turns off the OLED and switches the E Ink screen to the main display for Windows 11. Unfortunately, you can't have the displays mirror each other, which might be handy for commercial uses or giving presentations. 

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist showing its color E Ink display.

The E Ink display has its own software when rotated to the outside. 

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Both displays work with the bundled pen. The E Ink display is handy for jotting down a quick note like a list of action items in a meeting without opening the laptop. It can also be used for notetaking, checking your e-mail and calendars, keeping an eye on notifications and so on. And if the display rotates, you can also do all of that stuff with the main OLED display and much much more. 

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist on its rotating hinge.
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So why make it rotate? When I asked Lenovo that question, the answer was more or less so that the E Ink could be used for reading and keeping an eye on things without opening the laptop, but also the OLED could be used in tablet mode for streaming video or drawing or anything else where using the OLED screen as a tablet makes more sense than the E Ink. And E Ink sips power, so you could also use it to get simple office work done in Windows when your battery's running too low to use the OLED. 

Look for the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist in June starting at $1,649.