Lenovo release more information, sizzle video for folding Lenovo Thinkpad X1 laptop


The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are making foldable phones a reality, but Lenovo is taking things a step further by announcing the world's first foldable PC.

It's hard to talk about Lenovo's new prototype, announced overnight at the company's Accelerate conference, simply due to lack of adequate language. Its OLED display is 13.3-inches across, has a 4:3 aspect ratio, a 2K resolution and supports an included Wacom pen. "This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen", said the company in a blog post.

No further details or exact date of release has been set yet, but Lenovo says further details will emerge soon and the launch date will be sometime in 2020. The ability to fold the display in half reduces its footprint by 50 percent.

There are connectivity options available like USB C and A, but as Lenovo hasn't finalized it yet, we don't know what the actual ports would be in the final product.

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Lenovo revealed that it has been working on foldable PCs for years with Intel, Microsoft, and LG. You can pop a touchscreen keyboard up on the bottom of the screen and use it as a laptop, which will probably be very bad for any extended period of time.

You can also use the device with an external physical keyboard, with the screen acting as a standard monitor. The company has showcased a laptop that features a foldable screen. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and here is where Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes into play.

Folded up, though, the tablet morphs into small laptop-like device with half of the screen used as a regular screen and the other as a touchscreen keyboard. That opens up more possibilities for software to better take advantage of the foldable PC's unique form-factor. Should it ship as expected next year, look to Notebookcheck for what will be the most comprehensive review on the web. The device will run on the latest version of Windows and an Intel chipset. After all, laptops are also folding PCs, just that they are not entirely made of a foldable display.