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Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3) has an ultrawide 3K display and 8-inch touch display for ultimate productivity

Lenovo Thinkbook Plus Gen3 Press
Lenovo Thinkbook Plus Gen3 Press (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3) at CES 2022.
  • The laptop has a 17.3-inch ultrawide 3K panel (21:10) with a secondary 8-inch touch display.
  • It's powered by 12th Gen Intel Core H-series CPUs, LPDDR5 RAM, and PCIe 4.0 storage.
  • The ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3) is expected May 2022 and starts at $1,399.

Lenovo is on a roll at CES 2022, with many of the best Lenovo laptops getting upgrade announcements. Perhaps none is more intriguing than the third-gen ThinkBook Plus, revealed today as the industry's first laptop with 17.3-inch ultrawide main display and 8-inch secondary touch display with inking capabilities.

The primary 17.3-inch display has a 21:10 aspect ratio, 3072x1440 (3K) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 400 nits brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color, touch functionality, and Dolby Vision. It also has TÜV Rheinland certification for low blue light. This display is seriously stacked, and it's not alone.

The secondary 8-inch LCD touch display comes with an integrated active pen for inking, and it includes Pantone and ColorKing Plus digital libraries. The screen is covered with glass and has an 800x1280 vertical resolution. It can be used as a drawing board, notepad, launcher, phone mirror, calculator, and more. Lenovo has really tried to make it a crucial part of the laptop, adding a waterfall function (where the main screen extends below to the secondary screen) and screen mirroring. The secondary display is installed next to the keyboard (on the right side); the rest of the keyboard and palm rests are sized much closer to a 14-inch device.

Overall, the laptop weighs in at about 4.4 pounds (2kg) and measures just 0.70 inches (17.9mm) thin. That's quite respectable for a device with two screens. It's made mostly of aluminum and comes in a Storm Grey color. To prove its durability, it has undergone MIL-STD 810H certification.

Take a look at the specs Lenovo lists for the ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3).

CategorySpec
OSUp to Windows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel Core H-series
RAMUp to 32GB LPDDR5
Dual-channel
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe (UMA)
Integrated
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Main Display17.3 inches
3072x1440
21:10 aspect ratio
120Hz refresh rate
100% DCI-P3
Touch
Dolby Vision
Second Display8 inches
800x1280
LCD, touch
Pen support
PenLenovo Integrated Pen
Lenovo E-color Pen
PortsThunderbolt 4
USB-C
Two USB-A
HDMI
3.5mm audio
AudioDual 2W speakers
harman/kardon tuning
Dolby Atmos
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.1
CameraFront-facing FHD
IR camera
SecurityFingerprint reader
IR camera
TPM 2.0
ThinkShutter
Battery69Wh
100W Type-C adapter
Dimensions16.14 x 9 x 0.70 inches
(410mm x 228.7mm x 17.9mm)
Weight4.40 pounds (2kg)
MaterialTop: CNC aluminum
Lid: Mylar
Bottom: Stamped aluminum
ColorStorm Grey
AvailabilityMay 2022
PriceFrom $1,399

The laptop is powered by Intel's new 12th Gen Intel Core H-series CPUs, up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 2TB of M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. There's no dedicated GPU option, but it does come with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics with unified memory architecture (UMA). It's packing a sizable 69Wh battery that Lenovo claims will get through a workday; we'll have to test that ourselves.

Dual 2W speakers have Dolby Atmos for better sound, and you can get a front-facing FHD webcam and IR camera hybrid for facial recognition. There's a webcam shutter for added privacy, and a fingerprint reader built into the power button acts as a nice backup.

The ThinkBook Plus (Gen 3) is expected to launch May 2022 starting at about $1,399.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

22 Comments
  • Great for multitasking and movie watching but impractical. I bet they also made this with the forthcoming Android apps in mind.
  • but impractical.
    Why is it impractical? Sure, it's large, but it's not expensive. It's still an Ultrabook, technically. Triple snap apps, use the 8-inch to take notes during a meeting, I think it's awesome. That 8-inch window can do many things including running Your Phone, a web browser, inking, etc. And yeah, Android apps in the future.
  • I only mean because it's going to be a pain to carry, being long more so than 17" laptops. Just personal preference, should've been clearer. But if you're happy with 17" laptops you'd probably like this true. Do many people triple snap apps do you find? Most Windows apps don't work optimally using half the screen. I only ever use snapping for two File Explorer windows. Appreciate that's just me. The example in one of the pictures may work well though: One app in normal 16:9 size and another app using the rest of the screen space. Something like Twitter.
  • "Do many people triple snap apps do you find? "
    So, I was talking to Lenovo about that. Yeah, when at a desktop. I'm on a 48" Ultrawide LG display and I use PowerToys to triple snap all day. For me, going to this laptop would be so less jarring as I could replicate my workflow on the go.
  • A 2kg+ laptop would be a pain though. I don't think the charger would be small and light either. I guess I've been spoiled by having a Pro 7 with a Lenovo ThinkVision portable display as my on-the-go rig.
  • To be fair Pro 7 + portable monitor is a great combination too.
    A 2 kg laptop is for me personally fine since it would probably be the only thing I would carry in a bag aside from maybe the charger (at the office there is a spare charger or you could bring along an usb-c cable).
  • I triple-snap from time to time: browser, Notepad, and To-do list, for example.
  • It looks more useful than many of those "concept" designs though and won't require Windows to change like foldables.
  • I cannot wait to see this in person. This looks so dope! This has the potential to replace my desktop setup.
  • At first I thought gimmick, but looking at some use cases this is intriguing. Tablet looks like it's at a great place for note taking ( how I'd use it - I'm not an artist). Wide screen looks great for dual apps at the same time. Pricing didn't make me faint. Devil's going to be in the details and reviews, but this has my interest
  • Same here. First impression: WTH? Second thought: Huh, I can see that being useful. As with bradavon I still worry about carrying around such a long, cumbersome thing but we'll see how it goes.
  • Looks interesting but I'm left-handed...
  • :(. Can see it being less than optimal.
  • I guess this is why most lefties are ambidextrous--they have to navigate a right-handed world (said my lefty brother). Maybe they'll make it modular so one can arrange the KBoard accordingly.
  • At first glance I was like "Why". Then looking through the images and I really wish my company used Lenovo instead of HP. I don't use pen and paper outside of D&D, and having OneNote opened full screen on the smaller display would be awesome. It'd be the perfect way to guarantee I don't need a second device on my desk. I like the idea of snapping the calculator to the smaller display as well, keeps it out of the way, but still very accessible. I'm a fan and want to see this design evolve further.
  • Was thinking exactly the same thing about the OneNote and Calculator. But would it be too small for even casual note taking?
  • You're reading my mind! OneNote! Plus I'm a web developer so I might move a browser window there to test my clients' websites on smaller screens or make notes on the screenshots.
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  • This is my perfect laptop. I'm getting it day one. I've been looking for something exactly like this, but could only arrive at a foldable PC of some sort. This will definitely make my job easier!
  • Very interesting device indeed.
  • This is pretty cool but I prefer the Asus Screenpad solution (at least if Asus would increase its screen size like Lenovo here did). Or even better, add both. One for calculator, one for file explorer or music etc.
  • Maybe I'm missing something but did they honestly design something that is useless for left handers?