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Dual-screen laptop with a color e-ink display? Meet the ThinkPad Plus Twist

The Twist plays double duty: on one side you get a normal OLED display, on the other you get a color e-ink.
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January 5, 2023
TL;DR
  • The Lenovo ThinkPad Plus Twist has been announced at CES 2023.
  • The laptop features a standard OLED display as well as a 12-inch color e-ink display.
  • The design of the laptop makes it easy to twist it so you can pick between an e-ink typewriter or an e-ink tablet experience.
  • It will have a starting price of $1,649 and launch in June of 2023.

Lenovo is no stranger to laptops that twist, turn, and fold in all sorts of novel ways. At CES 2023 Lenovo does it again with a new twist on its Plus series with the aptly named Lenovo ThinkPad Plus Twist.

At a glance, the Twist looks very similar to the ThinkPad Plus (2nd gen), but it adds one very important change to the e-ink configuration. The Plus had a fixed black-and-white e-ink display on the back of the lid, while the Twist upgrades to a 12-inch color e-ink display with a 12Hz refresh rate. This display is perfect for reading books and comics and other tasks where you want a tablet-like experience. As the name implies, you can also turn the displays around, giving you a full e-ink laptop experience perfect for typing and other business uses while absolutely sipping on battery life.

lenovo thinkbook plus twist main display
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There are many reasons you’d want to use an e-ink display on a laptop. The most obvious is for preserving battery life while performing tasks like calendar management, typing, reading, and much more. Another less obvious reason is that e-ink displays aren’t as harsh on the eyes and are much more readable outdoors and in direct sunlight. It’s also better to use an e-ink display over a traditional display when it comes to night reading.

lenovo thinkbook plus twist eink closeup
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Beyond the upgraded display and twist features, the Twist also has the latest specs including 13th Gen Intel processors, a gorgeous 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED display, up to 64GB RAM, and Wi-Fi 6E. You even get stylus support for both displays.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Plus Twist will start at $1649, which isn’t exactly cheap. That said, this a unique experience you won’t find elsewhere, which could very well make the price worth it for you. Lenovo has yet to give an exact launch date but it says we can expect the Twist in June of 2023.