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Lenovo previews the future with transparent ThinkBook

Laptop displays are about to get a whole lot more interesting, as Lenovo shows off what the future of computers could become in its transparent concept.

Clear TVs may have been the big ticket item at CES this year, but they’re not the only gadget touting transparency in 2024.

With Mobile World Congress kicking off in Spain, Lenovo is also showing off something transparent, as it brings a clear laptop display to the notebook space.

Technically a concept, Lenovo’s ThinkBook Transparent Display is laptop sporting a 17.3 inch screen, and while that could make it like any other 17 inch laptop, this model sports a screen unlike any other laptop out there, because it’s totally clear.

Built with micro-LED technology, the ThinkBook Transparent is a different take on the notebook, even changing the keyboard to be something on glass, with the keyboard found on the lower layer but lacking the physical buttons. Instead, it can switch between drawing, writing with a pen, and typing, reminding us of what Lenovo tried doing in the 2016 Yoga Book.

Unfortunately, Lenovo’s transparent laptop is just a concept, with no expectation of a release date.

However, there were models shown the company does plan on releasing, all of which form part of the whole AI PC movement we’re seeing a lot of this year.

They include ThinkPad and ThinkBook laptops, covering the ThinkPad T14i and T14s Gen 5, a ThinkBook T14 2-in-1 Gen 4, ThinkPad T16 Gen 3, and a model that looks a lot like Lenovo’s interpretation of the Surface Pro, the ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2.

All of these will be powered by Intel’s latest, the Core Ultra, complete with the Copilot key introduced on new Windows computers this year, with improvements to the laptops including a 5 megapixel camera for video conferencing, noise cancelling mics, and even more support for repairability on the ThinkPad line of computers.

In the AI category, Lenovo’s features will cover battery optimisation, as well as video and audio tweaks during video conferencing, but hasn’t really said what else its AI-enabled tech will cover.

It has said there’s also a mobile monitor on the way with a 10-inch ThinkVision M14t Gen 2 display coming, supporting up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity in a 14 inch 2240×1400 screen. There’s also a Travel Dock and backpack on the way, as well.

No word on Australian pricing for any of these yet, mind you, but that’s about normal for Mobile World Congress.

Hopefully, we should hear what Aussie can expect to pay and when in the coming months, likely a lot sooner than the ThinkBook Transparent model, which probably won’t see the light of day for a long while yet.

Lenovo’s ThinkBook Transparent Laptop concept.
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