Lenovo revealed the “world’s first foldable PC” at Accelerate 2019, as part of its flagship ThinkPad X1 series. Aimed at businesses around the globe, the new foldable PC is expected to launch in 2020.
Foldable smartphones are the new trend in the gadget world but this device will be the first one coming to replace your laptop. Interestingly, Intel suggested a few days ago that foldable screens in PCs will not be coming anytime soon.
According to Lenovo, the new foldable ThinkPad X1 will turn into two 9.6-inch panels from a single 13.3-inch 2K OLED display after folding. A special torque hinge will support the foldable mechanism behind the screen, allowing the device to be used as a tablet, or a laptop, or a giant media player with the screen folded into a tent shape. You can say it is similar to a 2-in-1 laptop, but it’s made with a single screen and nothing else.
The device can be used with a physical keyboard externally attached with the screen working as a regular monitor.
Durability and Flexibility
The durability or flexibility of the Samsung Galaxy Fold was in questions even before its launch. The company ultimately recalled the review units and postponed its launch after some screen issues emerged.
It seems like Lenovo is trying to avoid this as much as they can as the company claimed to double the tests performed after development on the hinges of this device compared to all other Lenovo laptops. And there have been a number of reviews on how rigorous tests are performed at Lenovo’s testing labs, which has ended up giving laptops that either come with a pick-and-drop warranty or a 360-degree unfold.
Teaming Up With Microsoft, Intel, and LG
The company revealed that it worked with LG Display to create a foldable screen and it has been under development for three years now.
Lenovo has been kind enough to show us the prototypes of the world’s first foldable PC but the company didn’t give too much information about the specs. First top computer selling brand suggested that the PC will run Windows but didn’t reveal which version as of now. Further, the company also suggested that the processing unit will be “a future Intel-based platform that we’re not going to disclose at this time.” Could this ‘future’ be something related to the Intel Project Athena?
Lenovo further revealed that it is also working with Microsoft to make sure the apps adjust well with this unique concept of the device. There have been hands-on reviews of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 PC prototype and reviewers found a slight delay on the screen when Windows oriented itself after folding the screen.
The device will also come with two USB-C ports to support external displays, data transfer, and device charging.
Hopefully, Lenovo will perfect the imperfections by the time of its launch in 2020 and will offer us a successful foldable device, unlike Samsung.