Monday, 20 May, 2019

Lenovo Unveils Foldable PC Coming To ThinkPad X1 Lineup

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Cecil Davis | 14 May, 2019, 14:13

Today, Lenovo released the world's first prototype of the foldable screen notebook, ThinkPad X1, in the United States and the company said that it will be listed in 2020, but it is still not 100% complete. In our hands-on review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable PC prototype, we noticed that there is a slight delay as Windows orientates itself when you fold the PC. "On the inside, it comes with a 13.3" foldable display that pushes 2K resolution in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

"Made for highly mobile, tech-savvy professionals who demand the best tools, the new foldable PC joins the premium ThinkPad X1 family, promising that the unprecedented portability will in no way compromise productivity and reliability".

Lenovo's new device may look like a foldable tablet with a keyboard accessory, but it's actually a foldable computer with a detached keyboard.

Buyers can expect the same level of quality they get from other ThinkPad devices; in fact, Lenovo anticipates users frequently folding and unfolding the device, which is why it doubled the hinge cycles it uses to test its laptop products. The ability to fold the display in half reduces its footprint by 50 percent. Samsung and Huawei have launched their foldable smartphones and will soon be available for purchase.

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The company plans for its new foldable offering to be a users "everything" device, (except make phone calls, from what we can tell). Lenovo's press release summarizes the latest entrants into the workforce thusly: "Comprised of Millennials and Gen Z, these two generations of workers crave meaningful employment and expect company devices that blur the lines of work, life, passion and goal".

You really can't see the crease in the display when the device is completely open in tablet mode. It is a natural extension of Lenovo's previous attempts to innovate the PC form factor including the dual-screen Yoga Book C930. The device will run on the latest version of Windows and an Intel chipset. According to Lenovo, the foldable PC also supports stylus and has mechanical keyboard.

Lenovo says the hinge will be tested to be more durable than the hinges on its laptops.