Lenovo's Folding PC Might Be The Future Of Laptops

Ruben Fields
May 14, 2019

Lenovo has unveiled a preview of its upcoming foldable laptop in the Thinkpad X1 series, what it is calling the "world's first foldable PC".

As a device that'll sport the ThinkPad X1 branding, Lenovo envisions the foldable device being used mostly by working professionals. Lenovo says it thinks the foldable device will be a good fit for road warriors and business executives who want the versatility of a device that's capable of handling "real work" normally accomplished on a laptop, but also demand portability.

"This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen", said Lenovo.

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Hopefully Lenovo will ideal the prototype in time for its 2020 launch - and offer us a more successful foldable device than Samsung managed. The new line launches with the ThinkBook 13s and 14s, 13- and 14-inch models that will both be available starting later this month. Actually, not bad! The crease is more visible in photos and videos, but in person, when the device is completely unfolded, it's nearly impossible to see. We no longer create devices for our needs but needs for our devices, driven in our experiments by the fact of possibility rather than the enthusiasm of desire. Apart from using it in your lap, the ThinkPad can be placed on a desk with its screen placed to face you. Lenovo avoided any potential issues related to top-heaviness by using the battery to add weight to the bottom part of the device.

Other details of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype also include an IR camera, 2 USB ports, stereo speakers, a pen based on Wacom technology, a Bluetooth keyboard and the standard PC claim of "all day battery life", but Lenovo hasn't landed on an exact number for that boast. Still, it was enough to get an idea of what a foldable PC is going to look like and what it'll be like to work on one. According to Lenovo, the foldable PC also supports stylus and has mechanical keyboard. The photos reveal that the PC folds out into a larger two-sided display, with one side working as a touchscreen keyboard.

My time with Lenovo's foldable PC was short.

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