Forget about foldable phones: Here’s the first foldable PC

Yolanda Curtis
May 14, 2019

At the Accelerate conference in Florida, Lenovo showed off the world's first foldable PC prototype.

MrMobile's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Prototype Hands-On was produced following an hour with a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding PC prototype at a media briefing hosted by Lenovo.

This prototype has a 13.3-inch OLED display with 2K resolution and 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".

"It's going to be running a future Intel-based platform that we're not going to disclose at this time", Tom Butler, Lenovo's ThinkPad marketing director said. 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'd be able to take it to meetings where you'd use the pen to take notes and use it as a large screen tablet to view TV or a movie when back at home. While we've seen convertibles that offer dual screens like the Yoga Book, this new ThinkPad X1 device has a single screen that folds right in the middle. The company has showcased a laptop that features a foldable screen.

As we alluded to earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has had a rocky start, with Samsung having to recall review units and postpone the launch of its foldable smartphone after issues with the screen emerged. To simply call it a "foldable laptop" would be to imply all laptops aren't foldable, but to call it a "foldable tablet" would be inaccurate.

And it's this market that Lenovo is looking to target.

There are no details on the specific hardware configuration other than it runs on Windows and it is powered by Intel. Should it ship as expected next year, look to Notebookcheck for what will be the most comprehensive review on the web. The photos reveal that the PC folds out into a larger two-sided display, with one side working as a touchscreen keyboard.

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