The first foldable smartphones are already a reality and will be available on the market within a few months – except for route accidents – allowing users to use a single device such as a telephone (when it is folded) and as a tablet (when it is open). But why stop there?
At Accelerate 2019, Lenovo previewed a demo of the world’s first folding notebook. Designed for the most advanced professionals who work on the move and expect the best from their devices, the new “flexible” laptop joins the high-end ThinkPad X1 family, with the promise that the portability of the new model is associated with the usual productivity and reliability of the Think series.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable
This is not a phone, a tablet or a hybrid device, but a real laptop with a folding display. This compact ThinkPad brings together in a single device the productivity of a notebook with the portability of a smartphone in a format never seen before. And according to the Chinese company, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable will be launched in 2020.
Everyone wants to be able to access a comfortable screen even when they are on the move, but often it is a compromise that is impractical, or even impossible, while traveling. However, remote work has grown by 140% from 2008 to 2016, with more and more professionals taking urgent projects everywhere and requiring access to different types of content. ThinkPad X1 Foldable is equipped with a 13.3-inch 2K (1920 x 1440 pixel) flexible OLED display with LG Display 4: 3 aspect ratio: by folding the screen in the center, the ThinkPad X1 can be used as a laptop with a part intended for display (around 10 inches) and the other to the virtual keyboard. Opening it, instead, it will become a great tablet.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable
Very reminiscent of the Lenovo Yoga Book, also equipped with a screen designed to draw, write by hand and type, but ThinkPad X1 Foldable is not equipped with two displays separated by a hinge but a single flexible panel. Lenovo has not yet announced the complete technical specifications of the leaflet, but ensures that it will be based on Intel processors (who knows of which generation) and Windows operating environment, in order to accompany the user at all times of his day. And assume some usage scenarios:
At the alarm clock, the PC folds to book and the day begins by updating social media
Once in the kitchen, it opens and leans against the table to find out the latest news
Once in the subway or on the train, the PC bends to download the e-mail
In the office, he connects to the docking station and the working day begins
In a meeting it is possible to take notes with the pen and write like on a full screen tablet
After lunch you can use the mechanical keyboard to write work emails
Once back in the evening, it can be used, open, to watch the favorite programs in streaming
At the end of the day you can relax in bed by reading before falling asleep
From the few photos in circulation, it would seem that the prototype shown is equipped with two USB Type-C ports, stereo speakers and an IR camera compatible with Windows Hello. And it also looks rather light, with a weight that should not exceed one kilo. The most important question probably concerns the price: if a folding smartphone costs around 2500 euros, what price could a notebook with a bigger flexible screen and more complete hardware have?