This fresh spin on the 2-in-1 is the most deceptive PC at CES

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid
Pictured: Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid
//Are two operating systems are better than one?
Fergus Halliday
Jan 11, 2024
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Published on January 10, 2024

Lenovo's new ThinkBook might be one of the most deceptive PCs ever to grace the CES show floor.

In other words, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid doesn't look like anything all that special. At a glance, the smartphone-styled camera module on the exterior is probably the most interesting thing you might note about the way it looks. It is a ThinkBook though, so not all that special is still pretty good by the standards of most laptops.

Open the lid and you'll find a 14-inch 2.8K OLED touch display. Under the hood, Lenovo's latest is powered by an Intel Core Ultra plus 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

Where things get juicy is that the top half of the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid can be removed and used like a tablet. Although this setup might remind you of Microsoft's Surface Book line, there's one big difference.

Detach the tablet half of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid and you won't be holding a Windows tablet. You'll be holding one that runs on Android. That's right, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is two devices in one.

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The tablet half of the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM all to itself.

While this modular design adds some novelty, Lenovo has put in the work to go beyond gimmicks here. The two devices aren't just stacked on top of one another. They're integrated. When docked, you can shift between two operating systems at the press of a button. You also can move files from Windows to Android (and vice-versa) or even use Android with a keyboard if that's the way you'd prefer to roll.

Australian pricing for the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is to be announced.

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Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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