Leak lands of Lenovo transparent notebook ahead of MWC

  • A leaked image has surfaced online of a transparent notebook that Lenovo is reportedly working on.
  • The new device is expected to be showcased at MWC 24 in Barcelona later this month.
  • It remains a design concept right now, but we have seen transparent displays feature on TVs at CES this year.

Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC 24) gets underway in Barcelona later this month, and while fewer smartphone makers will be showcasing their latest wares at the event, there are still new devices on the cards.

In the case of Lenovo, that may include a transparent notebook. Adding some credence to the rumours is a rendered image shared by professional leaker Evan Blass, who shared the image via his X (formerly Twitter) account.

As with any leak, it needs to be taken with a generous helping of salt, but as we saw at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, transparent displays found their way onto a handful of smart TV concepts.

As such, a transparent notebook certainly is not out of the question, especially as Lenovo has used the event to unveil some of its most interesting computing concepts, such as notebooks with foldable displays in the past.

It remains to be seen if the concept device will indeed be shown off in Barcelona, but as The Verge acutely points out, this idea has been floating around since 2010 already. Perhaps now manufacturers are ready for transparent displays to go mainstream and make them available to consumers.

That said, it is still unclear what the purpose or use case for such a device would be. Lenovo has long been a proponent for enterprise consumers to make use of two screens while working, but whether that second display needs to be transparent in order to be productive is another argument altogether.

For now, it seems like the company’s focus will be on AI within the computing hardware space.

“Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud,” the company highlighted in a press release teasing its involvement at MWC this year.

“Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing energy consumption of cloud services,” it added.

Whether a transparent notebook would serve as the company’s “one last thing” during its press conference, remains to be seen. For now though, it will be hosting said press conference on Day Zero of MWC 24, which is Sunday 25th February this year.

[Image – Evan Blass on X]


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