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Lenovo combined a Windows laptop and Android tablet into one epic device — and I’ve tested it


What you need to know

  • The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid is a combination Windows 11 laptop and Android 13 tablet. 
  • You can switch between the two modes with a button press, with each OS using its own hardware.
  • The Android tablet has a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
  • The Windows laptop has an Intel Core Ultra 7 Processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and discrete graphics. 

With CES tech, you never know whether a cool-sounding prototype will work in the real world. With Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 Windows 11 laptop and Android 13 tablet hybrid, I had the chance to put it through its paces at a private event last month. One glaring issue aside, it seemed to fully live up to its potential, and I really want one for myself.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid has the form factor of a Surface Pro or Lenovo’s own Chromebook Duet, with a detachable tablet magnetized to the keyboard. The difference is that it’s not one device with different docked and undocked software. It’s truly two devices in one: an Intel laptop and a 14-inch Snapdragon tablet. 

Why would someone buy a hybrid Windows/ Android laptop instead of both separately? The Lenovo engineers I spoke to suggested that it’s tailor-made for frequent fliers who dislike having to pack both a laptop and tablet (or having to leave one behind).

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid, with the tablet and keyboard sitting side by side on a couch.

(Image credit: Michael Hicks / Android Central)

Plus, of course, there’s the benefit of getting both a high-quality laptop and a massive tablet for $1,999, when buying both separately might end up costing much more. 


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